Kids Around the World

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Environment, International, Religion

Location: 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.

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been a blessing and a privilege to volunteer with Kids Around The World. The KIDStory training I receive from Gary Strudler is excellent and I have used the concepts of 'facilitating vs teaching' and 'allowing the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of the kids vs telling them what they should think/believe' have had live changing effects on myself as well as the children and other trainers in my classes. I have been a part of teams both locally and internationally and will continue to volunteer with this worthy organization. Beyond BibleStorying, KATW refurbishes and builds playgrounds and packs food for hungry children around the world. This ministry nurtures the entire child --- body, mind and soul.

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I have been involved with children's ministry for the last 12 years. When I learned about, witnessed and participated in the KIDStory ministry of Kids Around the World, I was absolutely awed by the impact it has in both third world countries and in the US.

I found the same to be true for their OneMeal ministry as I participated in packing events and saw the impact they have on both the participants and the recipients.

Kids Around the World is a truly global ministry. It's focus on children and those caring for and ministering to children is inspiring.

It's a true privilege to be able to volunteer for and participate in KIDS ministries.

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Rating: 5 stars  

To volunteer for Kids Around the World is a blessing. It is a joy to work alongside the staff. I have volunteered in the office, helped pack flannelgraph kits, and help make puppets for the puppet ministry. This has allowed me to see the inner workings of this organization and I am impressed as to how well it is run and how much they have accomplished all over the world. They have fed the hungry, built playgrounds to give joy to children and bring families together, and they teach the Gospel of Jesus. Kids Around the World is concerned for the people they serve - body, mind, and soul - and they do it so well.

Pat Chitwood

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer for a mission in Guatemala that has a Christian school as one of it's outreaches. KATW helped us every step of the way in raising funds, shipping, customs and installation. Even with a snafu that is common to third world environments, KATW rolled with it and we were able to make our goals in a timely manner. The playground has been in use for over a year now, and we are still thrilled the quality equipment. The playground we ended up installing was well beyond what was first imagined. Praise the Lord for KATW, and for their ability to help provide playgrounds at a fraction of the cost of new.
http://www.newhopeguatemala.com

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Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I help run an organization that has children's homes and outreach ministries in 4 different locations in Mexico. Kids Around the World has put in 2 playgrounds for us and we are planning on another playground going in this January. They are an organization that seeks to serve others in any way they can with no thought as to how they are going to benefit. They are organized, professional, and show the love of Jesus to all they come into contact with. We are privileged to partner with them and I would encourage anyone that has the opportunity to do the same.

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Hi, my name is Delaney Perez and I am 13 years old. I have been apart of 7 New Orleans, Louisiana playground builds, and one Guatemala playground build. I really enjoy going on these trips because not only has it brought me closer to God, but my friends, family, and the people of Louisiana/Guatemala. I truly believe that going for a 8th playground build in Louisiana is very significant. Kids Around the World should really consider taking a team back down to New Orleans again because it’s a lot of fun getting to know so many different people and their life stories, and from past experience, these trips have not only taught me to love others, but to love them more than yourself. In addition, these trips bring friends closer than ever. If I hadn’t gone on the first 2007, New Orleans trip, I wouldn’t have met such amazing people! Weather it’s 110º or 45º, I’ve enjoyed every single trip and would LOVE to go back in about January 2013. Meeting new people, creating friendships and memories, and working for the Lord is almost indescribable when the week is finished. So, to wrap it all up, if it’s possible to go back to New Orleans, I say we should go for it at least one last time. It will be another adventure to look forward to. To make this trip possible we need a total of $50,000. If you would please consider praying for this trip, or donating toward our cause, it would be most appreciated! It would mean so much to Kids Around the World and me. Thank you!



Love always,



Delaney Perez (:



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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Kids Around the World partnered with our church in building a playground. This allowed us to get to know more about the work of Kids Around the World. The leadership and volunteers that joined us for our playground build shared so many great stories of changed lives in other countries that our church has now partnered with Kids Around the World to raise money for a playground build in Haiti. This has given us an opportunity to share with the children of our church the importance of sharing our resources to impact the lives of the Haitian children. Kids Around the World is impacting lives in the USA in the communities where they are removing playgrounds for refurbishing (where they are sharing why they are doing what they are doing) and in many other countries (where they are sharing food,and the love of Jesus while they are building the playground). Kids Around the World's leadership are Godly men and women who are serving God in an authentic and joyful manner and we here at VCG are blessed by them and their ministry.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

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How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have never met someone with some much LOVE for the LORD. Mike from KATW was such an awesome leader. And he inspired me everyday to work hard(er). I would go on a trip with Mike from KATW every time!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church partnered with Kids Around the World to build a playground to serve a slum area near San Jose, Costa Rica in March 2011. It was a wonderful experience for our whole family including our three children, ages 11, 12 and 14. I can honestly say it was the best vacation our kids said they ever had even though they were working every day and sleeping at a church at night. Kids Around the World was a huge factor in this. Mike, our project manager, is amazing at encouraging kids and made sure everyone had a meaningful role - even kids as young as 8! They also love involving the local community which gave the families participating a wonderful opportunity to experience another culture. The trip made such an impact on my daughter that she is now considering a future working with different cultures through the church or other organizations. I cannot give them a more glowing review and look forward to serving with them again soon!

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?

Life-changing

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church partnered with Kids Around the World to build a playground to serve a slum area near San Jose, Costa Rica in March 2011. It was a wonderful experience for our whole family including our three children, ages 11, 12 and 14. I can honestly say it was the best vacation our kids said they ever had even though they were working every day and sleeping at a church at night. Kids Around the World was a huge factor in this. Mike, our project manager, is amazing at encouraging kids and made sure everyone had a meaningful role - even kids as young as 8! They also love involving the local community which gave the families participating a wonderful opportunity to experience another culture. The trip made such an impact on my daughter that she is now considering a future working with different cultures through the church or other organizations. I cannot give them a more glowing review and look forward to serving with them again soon!

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?

Life-changing

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?

2011

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