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One in five kids need help.


Lisa and her two siblings have been sharing the same pair of worn-out running shoes all year, which means that Lisa shows up to gym class with bare feet two thirds of the time.

Thom is deathly allergic to peanuts. He always needs to have two EpiPens – one to carry and another one for the school office. But his family no longer has health benefits because Thom’s father lost his job. The EpiPens have now expired.

Aaliyah’s confidence and leadership skills have come so far since she enrolled in Girl Guides last fall, but now her parents can’t afford the registration fees. They’re going to have to tell her she can no longer participate.

These are just a few of the real students the Education Foundation of Ottawa has recently been asked to help.

With the assistance of our generous donors, we were able to change these children’s lives for the better.

Why we help.

When a student’s most basic needs are not met, they cannot learn. And when children are given the opportunity to explore their curiosities, incredible things happen.


The Education Foundation of Ottawa works closely with principals, teachers, social workers and support staff to ensure that all students are getting the tools and supports they need, at the time when it’s urgently needed. We fill in the gaps for children by meeting pressing needs that aren’t covered by social services or the education system.


The Education Foundation of Ottawa is there for the kids and families who need us the most.

How it works.

Any teacher, staff or support person can speak confidentially to their school’s principal when they encounter a student in need. The principal then reaches out to the Education Foundation of Ottawa to submit a request for support. Requests are always simple, straightforward, and focused on the need. Requests for help are approved within two days.


If you, or someone you know, needs the support of the Education Foundation of Ottawa, contact the principal or teacher at your local school. The principal can ask the Foundation to help you. All requests must be submitted through your school’s principal.