Twenty years ago, in our Spruce Street garage in Boulder, Colorado, my husband Todd and I packed up boxes of Spanish children’s books with friends to be delivered to a cluster of orphanages in Nicaragua. From this simple act, GEF steadily grew to be what it is today - an organization that has improved the lives of youth through quality education in more than twenty countries…
GEF is two years into its new strategic approach and we have been looking at progress being made with each of our partners. We also have been working hard to reduce our costs at GEF so that more can go to our partners work on the ground. Take a look at our new update on partners progress and growing reach below. Over the next two years we hope to continue to put more resources towards our partners as they work towards their specific goals and milestones their longer term growth and sustainability.
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I have never seen my mother open up and speak in front of others. I am delighted to see her share her experiences. It is unfortunate that even in today’s world, there is differentiation between a girl child and a boy child. At my very own house, there is this differentiation and it is regrettable. However, I would like to state that the mother is the captain for the ship called family. It’s important to know that, I am very proud of my mother today.
In 2014 GEF developed and began to implement a new approach to support and work with its partners on the ground - including identifying new partners led by what we began to refer to as Education Entrepreneurs.
We are now over 2 years into implementing the revised strategy of working with Education Entrepreneurs and their organizations. We are seeing promising results with our multi-year funding and engagement — including improved quality and measuring of program results by partners and the development of clearer growth and sustainability plans for their future.