The Nathan Ebanks Foundation (NEF) is a registered NGO and licensed charitable organization in Jamaica. It was founded in 2007 by Christine Staple-Ebanks and her husband Robert, following the birth of their fourth child Nathan, and his subsequent diagnosis with cerebral palsy (in 2005). This became the catalyst which opened their eyes to the absence of vital services, systems and supports children with disabilities are in need of to help them to develop, thrive and survive. They set up the Nathan Ebanks Foundation to provide a bridge of support for children and families.
For the past 10 years, the NEF has worked at the grassroots, community, education, health and policy levels to carry the voice of inclusion for children with disabilities and their families, to lobby and advocate for the needed programs and services – education, rehabilitation, health opportunities to realize their full potential.
Despite the work carried out to date, the NEF has noted with concern that the awareness and appreciation of the needs and issues of children with disabilities, in particularly mental health in children by citizens is minimal. This lack of awareness has the potential to seriously erode the country’s path as a place of choice to live, raise families and do business. The NEF is committed to being a partner of change for the nation and believe that this lies in how children and youths are treated and supported. The organization is committed to advocacy, public education, education and training and social and other supports.
As a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, the NECAG relies on individual and corporate contributions made by donors who believe in our work and will advocate on our behalf. To ensure their generosity merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can enjoy complete confidence in our fiduciary stewardship of their gifts, the Nathan Ebanks Children Advocacy Group Inc. monitors compliance with applicable federal and state regulations, files audited financial statements, and makes material information available to donors upon requests.