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Kids Around The World

Rating: 4.97 stars   34 reviews 1,733

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Environment, International, Religion

Address:

2424 Charles Street Rockford IL 61108 USA

Mission:

Kids Around the World is committed to reaching children around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help those who work with children. Our organization hasthree methods to attain these ends. The first is to reach children with the gospel through teaching and evangelizing. The second is to build playgrounds where children can play and where they can feel the happiness that is a gift of Gods love.

Results:

We have built over 375 playgrounds, trained thousands of teachers (potentially serving over 5 million children), and providing approximately 13 million meals to children who were on the brink of starvation.

Target demographics:

We travel to areas where children's lives have been affected by war, poverty, illness, and natural disasters. We have built playgrounds in over 27 countries and trained teachers in over 41 countries.

Geographic areas served:

Worldwide

Programs:

Building playgrounds where children can enjoy being a kid. Research has shown that playground activities are essential for childrens proper physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development. Teaching Christian education workers how to develop better Bible lessons. We use storyboards that we have created as a visual aid in the lesson development and instruct the teachers on ways to involve children in the lesson activities. Provide nutritious meals for children. We package food casseroles which are a rice and soy mix fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals, 6 dehydrated vegetables, and chicken flavoring. The ingredents are recognized and accepted worldwide and preparation involves cooking with boiling water.

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1-815-229-8731
www.kidsaroundtheworld.com

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids Around The World is a great organization that uses several avenues to reach and assist children all over the world. From meals and playgrounds, to teaching ministry leaders how to better interact and engage with the kids in their area, this ministry really covers a lot of needs. They also involve their volunteers and donators on a personal level that helps to communicate what their mission and goals are. They do such a good job and get people excited to be involved. I went through their KIDStory training and I found it to be very interactive and effective.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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I have partnered with the Kids Around the World team for the past 3 years and this is a team that loves Jesus and is totally on mission with Him to reach the world. I love the various ways they come alongside churches and communities (through KIDStory, OneMeal, and building playgrounds), but it is the transformational impact of these efforts on adults and children that is truly exciting. As I've served alongside a couple of their team members (Gary Strudler and Melissa Lounsbury), I've been able to clearly see their hearts and witness their effectiveness as a ministry team. This is an organization of godly men and women who serve as faithful stewards of what God has provided to them. I commit both time and financial support to Kids Around the World, and I encourage others to do so as well.

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Kids Around the World is THE best organization I have found that allows families--your whole family, no matter the age of your children--to serve together in the community for the cause of Christ around the world.

The Kids Around the World warehouse is my family's favorite place to volunteer. Our goal is to eventually attend a mission trip with them as a family in the future, but for now, simply taking part in working around the warehouse and helping at packing events is always a positive, encouraging, and uplifting experience for our family. The staff at the warehouse are friendly, open, and inviting. My children (ages 5 and 7) actually ask me to go volunteer because they have so much fun and enjoy interacting with the staff. In the small time I've been volunteering for them personally, it has become a place that feels like home, and I look forward to volunteering because I know the heart of the people I'm working along side is to love kids by providing for their needs and their enjoyment in hope of ultimately creating opportunities to impact their hearts for the Lord.

If you're looking for an organization that values your children and what they have to offer as much as they value your volunteer hours as an adult, then this is where you need to try and connect with your time and energy.

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Twice our church has partnered with Kids Around the World to organize a food packing event to benefit hungry children. Partnering with Kids has promoted global awareness and compassion within our congregation and has deeply impacted our partner in Nicaragua. Lives are being changed , for Him, through the food program in remote village communities. The Kids team is professional, flexible and helpful in engaging a congregation to impact impoverished people who need to know Christ!

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I'm so excited about Kid's Around the World and the work we are teaming up to accomplish that changes the lives of children in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. Through KidStory they help teachers bring to life the stories of the Bible, through OneMeal they invite churches to partner in packing meals to feeding extremely hungry children and through building playgrounds we work together to bring hope and joy. We have done multiple projects together and they have been wonderful to work with! Lock arms with this wonderful non-profit!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

This past spring (2015) I had the privilege, alongside 12 other Police Officers from Calgary Alberta Canada, to assist with the building of a playground in Costa Rica. It was a mammoth undertaking. Seemingly impossible at first sight; but a beauty to watch the completion, the handing over to the locals and the spectacle of seeing families enjoy the rides, swings, bars, etc. Our team leader provided the impetus and sense of vision for the project. The ethos of Kids Around the World created the excitement and passion for our team to work beyond the breaking point and complete the task in almost record times. It was an honor to serve with this agency and our team leader, Dan, in particular. He guided our thoughts and efforts with purpose and intent.

Kids Around the World gave me the fresh sense of wanting to serve with you in future adventures. On a personal note, Dan conducted himself with dignity and character. It’s not easy to work with nor impress Police Officers. Taking orders from others is not an easy thing for the Policing world. However, Dan didn’t have to give orders. His personal inspirational leaders created the atmosphere of inclusion and involvement. Yet he was not afraid to be questioned or challenged. His answers were truly grace filled. This past spring (2015) I had the privilege, alongside 12 other Police Officers from Calgary Alberta Canada, to assist Dan Liesik with the building of a playground in Costa Rica.

It was a mammoth undertaking. Seemingly impossible at first sight; but a beauty to watch the completion, the handing over to the locals and the spectacle of seeing families enjoy the rides, swings, bars, etc.

Dan, provided the leader, impetus and sense of vision for the project. The ethos of kids around the world created the excitement and passion for our team to work beyond the breaking point and complete the task in almost record times. It was an honor to serve with this agency and Dan in particular. He guided our thoughts and efforts with purpose and intent. Kids Around the World gave me the fresh sense of wanting to serve in future adventures with this organization.

On a personal note, Dan conducted himself with dignity and character. It’s not easy to work with nor impress Police Officers. Taking orders from others is not an easy thing for the Policing world. However, Dan didn’t have to give orders. His personal inspirational leaders created the atmosphere of inclusion and involvement. Yet he was not afraid to be questioned or challenged. His answers were truly grace filled.

My fullest endorsement to the mission of Kids Around the World.

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In March 2015 I playground build in Costa Rica with Kids Around The World as part of a larger mission involving our team from Calgary. None of us had ever undertaken something like this before, but what was very daunting, quickly became an awesome adventure and team exercise, thanks to the fantastic skills and love for people that the team leaders displayed. They love what they do and that love is so infectious, that you can't help but be affected by it. I'm going to say it - it changed my life. What great people and a great organization!

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have a longstanding partnership with Kids Around the World and it has been so life-giving to our church! We've packed countless meals for people in need, we've built playgrounds in several countries, and we've even been a part of container conversions (where the shipping container stays in country and gets converted to an impact center for future ministry)! Their vision to work on the ground with local people and invest in entire communities is something that distinguishes them from other nonprofits, and their heart to see real needs met and the Lord glorified among the nations is very apparent. Also, the kid-friendly quality to their work and trips is something our church highly values as well. We are so grateful for Kids!

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I just went on my first Kids Around the World trip...it was incredible, and I'm already thinking about going on another...Our team of 27 (21 high school students) was lead by Mike Young; he did an incredible job leading our team, and made it super fun!!

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The best way I can describe Kids Around The World (KATW) is a "Partner" in every sense of the word. I volunteer on a global missions planning team for a large church and where Kids differentiates from other non-profit's is their approach to Partnership. Where some non-profit organizations may try to convince you on why you should align your volunteers and resources to support their causes, Kids Around The World seeks to see where you are already committed to find where they may partner to further the existing local ministry outreach thru food aid, playground structures, and Bible story telling curriculum called KidStory. We have been involved in many campaigns and mission trips together and I admit that during the planning and execution of such events it is difficult to distinguish that there are two teams working together as we have such unity and harmony amongst our teams. We are thankful for our partnership with Kids Around The World and are excited about the future activities that we have planned together.

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