We cultivate the potential in every child by levelling the playing field.
Kids are amazing; and sometimes they need a boost.
Curiosity is a luxury. How could a child ever afford to explore when their reality is limited by poverty? Sometimes our stars need a little extra help to shine. Every child in Ottawa deserves a chance to explore and excel in their learning. Being involved in extra-curricular activities such as sports, music, art or academic enrichment is the kind of thing kids in need often simply can’t afford to participate in.
Giving every kid a chance to shine.
The Education Foundation of Ottawa’s Active Living and Opportunity Program opens up a world of possibilities for students. When a budding engineer can’t afford to attend the provincial science fair, we make sure they can get there. When an eager, but shy, student wants to get involved in a community service club, we can cover the registration fee. When the next David Beckham needs to practice his soccer moves, we make sure he has the gear to do it.
How it works.
Our donors, people just like you, make the difference in the lives of children by providing them the opportunity to participate in enriching activities they otherwise couldn’t afford. When a student has earned the chance to extend their learning through an extra-curricular activity, but their family can’t afford to unlock the opportunity, the school principal can reach out to the Education Foundation of Ottawa. Requests are approved within approximately two days, and the student is then able to fully participate in the extra-curricular activity just like all the other kids.
“Art camp was amazing. I never thought I’d get to learn about painting from a real artist.”
– Sarah, Grade 8
What kinds of challenges are faced daily in our schools?
This is as real as it gets. For 1 in 5 children, some things just aren’t possible without YOUR help.
Not all students are lucky enough to start their school day with the same foot forward as their peers. There are kids who are already behind before they even step into the classroom.
The Education Foundation of Ottawa can help by providing access to funding through our programs:
- Students in Crisis – emergency funding for clothing, backpacks, medical needs, and other miscellaneous support
- Active Living and Opportunity – funding for access to recreation, extracurricular activities, camps, ASD swim, including post-secondary awards and bursaries
- Food Security – funding to ensure hungry bellies are satiated by providing healthy snacks in the classroom and support with groceries outside of school hours
For more information on our programs, visit those listed on the sidebar menu.