"I would like to thank Mr. Julien Adams and Mrs. Rosie Hodge-Adams and also the entire staff for founding such a wonderful organization. Growing up I have always dreamt of going to college. However, as it neared the actual time to leave, money became an increasingly large issue. There is one quote that is seen all over the internet, "Education shouldn't be a DEBT sentence" that is a sad but true reality. For many people the thought of going away to school is plagued with thoughts of loans and debt. That was how it was for me, but I have COTC to thank for helping me on the road to achieving my dream. With the aid this scholarship has awarded me I will be able to continue pursuing my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Thank you so very much COTC Foundation!"
Although the Foundation celebrated only its second birthday in June of this year, the work that it has done in Los Angeles and across the Caribbean is immense. With a focus on Education, Health Care and Social Development, Children of the Caribbean Foundation provides assistance to youth who face challenges in obtaining what many take for granted in more developed parts of our world. Access to education is an important ingredient for leading an independent and productive life. When a child is deprived of the basic necessitates in life, not only does that child suffer, but his community and the world in which he lives suffers as well.
Last year's scholarship recipient, Mr. Damien Rivers hailed from the island of Nevis.
Mr. Rivers successfully graduated from Cameron University in Lawton, OK this year and expressed his gratitude to Children of the Caribbean Foundation:
"I recently graduated from Cameron University on the 4th of May, 2012 and am writing to show my appreciation. I graduated with an undergrad Degree in Computer Science and minor in Math.
I would like to say thanks to you and your organization for your scholarship that I received in 2011. I am indeed grateful for your assistance, for without that financial assistance, I may not have graduated this past Spring semester. Thank you, for all you have done in my educational advancement and I will continue singing praises to your organization for all the good work you guys are doing and trying to achieve."
Children of the Caribbean Foundation is rather proud of the ambition, dedication and hard work of our Caribbean children! May they continue to shine and make us beam with pride. After all, they are the reason that we do what we do.
We send congratulations to NIkia and Damien and certainly wish them the very best in their endeavors.