Children International

Rating: 4.47 stars   123 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 2000 E Red Bridge Rd Kansas City MO 64131 USA

Mission: Children International is a nonprofit worldwide humanitarian organization serving needy children and their families since 1936. Our mission is to help children living in dire poverty. This is accomplished through the generosity of our contributors by providing children with program benefits and services that meet basic needs, enhance their self-esteem and raise their physical and educational levels in a meaningful, lasting way. Our goal is that each child will grow into a healthy, educated and self-reliant adult.
Results: We currently aid more than 340,000 children and their families in 11 countries, including the United States.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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I started sponsoring 3 children in the Philippines in March, 2013, after researching several similar programs. I have been so impressed by the work that Children International does, and the responsiveness they have demonstrated after terrible typhoons hit the Philippines in 2013 and 2014.
When I saw the incredible benefits my 3 sponsored children received for the modest monthly payment, I added 4 more children this year. And I can honestly say that sponsoring these kids has been one of the most gratifying things I've ever done in my life. From their letters, I learn about how their lives have been changed by these benefits. The kids have great hope for the future, and are working hard in school to achieve the dreams they'd never dared to dream before Children International.

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My husband and I have been sponsoring a child through Children International (CI) for 5 months now, and it has been such a positive experience for us that we decided to sponsor a second child.

I chose this organization because it had one of the lower sponsorship fees ($28/month) and we felt we could afford this amount. I also liked the fact that CI is a secular, not a religious organization – I believe that a person's spiritual beliefs are very personal, and would not want our sponsored children to have an organization's religion forced upon them in order to receive benefits.

Children International encourages letters between the child and the sponsor, and makes it very easy for the Sponsor to write a letter "online" and attach photos if desired. CI then prints out my letter and photos and delivers them to our child! It is such a thrill to receive a letter from Paola or Luis, and feel our "heart connection" across the miles! CI also encourages visits between the child and Sponsor, and we hope to visit our sponsored kids in Mexico in the next year or two.

It's important to me that an organization provide not just a "handout" but a "hand up" to a child in poverty. Children International has Community Centers in each of the areas it serves, which allow it to provide many services to the kids, including nutritional, medical, dental and educational programs. As the children grow up, CI offers an array of programs for youth/teens to help them break the cycle of poverty, and to become leaders in their community: https://www.children.org/youth-development

A program CI offers that benefits me personally is a social networking site for sponsors called “My Social Center”, which allows us (the Sponsors) to communicate with each other, sharing letters and photos from our sponsored kids, asking questions of each other, encouraging each other, and meeting new friends, who share our values, care and concern for children and their families over the world.

Choosing to sponsor a child through Children International is one of the best decisions we have ever made - we am happy and proud to be part of their wonderful work!

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My husband and I sponsor three wonderful children through Children International. We have found the organization to be nothing but helpful and courteous in every way, shape, and form. Watching "our" kids grow and knowing the difference we are making in their lives is so rewarding! And it's not just "knowing" the difference, but it's "SEEING" the difference! Our kids write to us, send us drawings and pictures, we have been able to help out with several projects for them to make their lives easier (by our own request, not by CI's), and someday, we plan to visit all three of them. This has been just a remarkable experience and is one that I wouldn't trade for the world. I highly recommend!

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Barely a month before my trip to visit family in New Delhi, I learned about the Children International's Teresa Tilden center during a CI SF Bay area luncheon meeting. Being a part of CI for the last 2 years, I have always wondered how CI worked at the ground level and this was a perfect opportunity to find that out!

I met up with the CI staff in New Delhi and was immediately struck by their warm personalities. As we walked around on a tour of the community center, I was pleasantly surprised by how well planned and organized everything was: the nutrition center, the health clinic with the orderly health checkups, the well stocked library and an up to date computer center. The thing that struck me the most was the genuine passion and caring nature of every one who worked there. The center acts like an oasis of hope to the community (which we visited later) where children run bare foot in a neighborhood overwhelmed by poverty, chaos and garbage.

I also took part in some of the activities that the center hosts for the children. The first was the computer literacy class; I was highly impressed by the smart kids, who haven't touched a computer before in their lives, showing me how they use MS paint! In the library session that followed, 7-8 year olds read out loud from books, some with confidence, some with sheepishness; but all of them incredibly adorable! Then I had a career counseling session with the youth of the community; discussing their ambitions as they looked for jobs, hoping to break out of poverty. It was heartbreaking to see the teenagers coming to terms with the reality of the outside world, but also heartening to see how CI has provided them hope where they now feel they can achieve their dreams.

The true enormity of the task on CI's plate hit me then: helping children break out of the circle of poverty can't be done with education alone. I was very encouraged to see CI taking steps to address the fact that the children need support and help in all aspects of their lives: physical and mental health, a stress free social environment and support from surrounding communities. The whole staff is passionate, dedicated and employ ingenious ideas to solve problems; tie ups with local medical centers and job agencies provide the much needed support. All in all, I came back with optimism, a sense of pride to be associated with CI and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to all the people involved in this effort. I am signing up to sponsor another child soon.

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I sponsor two children with Children International. This experince has been everything that I could hope for. The difference that one can make with auch a small effort is amazing. I know that people can spare 30 dollars a month to make sure that kids can just eat food and drink clean water. It blows my mind that the issues Children International has to deal with are still even issues. The fact that I'm writing this review from my Ipda while some kid is currently fighting to find clean water is upsetting. It really boils don to selfishness, people can justify why these issues are happening all day long but when it comes down to it if more people gave leas people would die and that's the simple truth.

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I have been sponsoring children for over 15 years and have found the experience to be rewarding and enjoyable. Service from Children International has been consistently superb. David K

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I have been sponsoring two children in India for more than a year. It has been a wonderful and touching experience. It is astonishing that for such a tiny amount of money I can make such a big difference in couple of lives.
I am impressed at the scale at which they operate and how comprehensive their help is. The children are definitely given a great chance at having a normal life that we take for granted.
CI has opened a new chapter in the Silicon Valley and I am extremely impressed with the energy, commitment and excitement shown by the CI folks, particularly Maria Elena Franco and Lianne Heller.
I wish them luck and will do my best to help them succeed.

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I have sponsored a child through Children International for over 20 years. I have currently started sponsoring my third child. The organization is run efficiently & I receive letters & pictures of my sponsored child on a regular basis. It makes me feel good to know I am helping a child & family in need. There is so much sadness & need in the world, people that have the resources to help others should do it. This is a way you can help others & yourself to feel better & send love into the world. We could all use a little more of that, right?

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We have been sponsoring "our child" for a number of years and though we will likely never meet face to face know we are doing our part to make her life better.
We know Children's International to be honorable in their efforts and a great resource in improving the lives of many children through their efforts. Members of our church family have visited the facilities in Haiti and met with their children. They've seen first hand where the funds go, and how they are used. Give generously and know, it is money well spent.

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The connection with children in another country is both interesting and rewarding. We have so many blessings and it is another blessing to be able to help these young folks to thrive and succeed. Children International is a trusted and valued organization that allows us to do this important work.

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