Center for Health, Education and Economic Research, Inc.



The mission of CHEER, Inc. is to provide severely needed books to people in developing countries who might not otherwise have books, and to provide needed books to families and private sector organizations within the U.S. who lack available book and related educational resources. CHEER is founded on the tenet that education is fundamental in helping people realize their full potential and improve their economic status. CHEER is founded on the belief that successful nation-building requires the development of human resources through education and training.


The current budget is $26 million dollars, of which 95% goes to program recipients and only 2% toward administrative costs.

Dr. Ricks and local children observe school sign that bears Ricks' family name in Virginia, Liberia, one of many schools that will receive books through CHEER.