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Children International

Rating: 4.48 stars   132 reviews 17,287

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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.

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We currently aid more than 340,000 children and their families in 11 countries, including the United States.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was sponsoring my child for 11 years, from aged 8 until she left the program just last month aged 19. It was a very emotional journey and even more so for meeting my child, a few months into my sponsorship. That experience totally changed my life and made me a better person, and all of the money through those 11 years of sponsorship were worth every penny for that experience alone. Nothing can prepare you for the joy and emotion of sponsoring a child, and I implore anyone who can afford that little extra to do so. It also changes the life of that little girl or boy in ways you cannot begin to imagine, and the happiness it brings to them and their family is irreplaceable. There are so many things I could say but there are no words to truly express the feelings involved in such an experience. It is a magical journey from start to finish... but there is no real ending because those memories stay in your heart forever!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Helpful staff and love my relationship with my kids!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been sponsoring Dorisel for 7 years, and wanted to learn more about her family, their true living conditions, and her. The local representative sent photos of their home. I then asked what would be the most important improvement she and her family would like to have made. A more private and sanitary bathroom and shower enclosure was the answer. Children International proceeded to develop a plan and cost. As a General Contractor, the number came back as reasonable, not very detailed, but I trusted them. At the end of the project, a full report was sent to me with a detailed cost breakdown, and a complete set of photos of the finished product with the family guiding a tour. A wash basin and water storage was included that I didn't realize was in the plan. It was terrific to see such a great addition to their lives. They even brought the project under budget, and were able to purchase cleaning products for the family with the extra $68. Who could ask for a better, more caring, and trusted partner as Children International. They far exceeded my expectations. I look forward to further projects in the future.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Great nonprofit with friendly volunteers. Hopefully I can sponsor more children in the future.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Via Children International, I've heard a lot of stories of the children who really need help. By donating just a little money every month, I became a sponsor to provide my sponsored child with some financial support. I am very excited to read his letters, and so happy to know that my donations change his life! I feel very so special to have such great impact on someone's life!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

A couple of months ago, I sponsored a brother and sister. The demographic information listed on the computer reflected they were the only children of a family living in the Dominican Republic. This lead me to believe I was the only sponsor for this family. The computerized demographics also reflected the father was a daily worker earning $100 dollars per month and that they lived in a 2 berm house with only 2 beds which lead me to believe the siblings slept together. Based upon this information, I believed the family needed some immediate relief and could probably use some extra money for food and essentials such as another bed. Subsequently, I gifted several hundreds of dollars allowing Children's International to supervise the needed items to the family thinking the monies would be used for basic necessities for the family. Now, I am receiving pictures, correspondence, and information from Children's International that their are 7 children total with 4 other sponsors for the family. Additionally, I have received documentation and pictures advising me that my hard earned money went to buy bicycles for both children, multiple toys for not only my sponsored children but for other children in the household that I did not sponsor nor was I made aware of their existence at the time of sponsorship. Very few groceries, to include a pack of diapers, were purchased and given the size of the household, such groceries would last only a day or two. I consider them token groceries intended to justify the allocation of the monies. I have contacted Children's International to basically ask them what the heck is going on here. They did did acknowledge there are more children and more sponsors for the family. They are checking into the reported 2 bed situation and hopefully the reported income. I seriously doubt either is accurate and if they are, why were my monies used primarily for toys. I want to know who is responsible for this bait and switch. Is it the family providing false information or the Children's International office who input the data into the computer. I am glad the children liked their toys; however, I do not appreciate the bait and switch or the abuse in the spending of the funds I provided for what I was lead to believe would go primarily for basic necessities and not toys. I wish I had not paid in advance for a years sponsorship for both children. I am seriously at a loss as to what to do as I have already established a relationship with the children and they are not responsible for the bait and switch scheme being perpetrated here. I wish I had donated my monies to the local food bank where my funds would have been used better.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a sponsor with Children International for years. They truly connect you with your children, one to one, by providing you with extensive information on your child's progress. The impact it affords the sponsors is as rewarding as that it is for the children. I've experienced other charities in the past. Children International exceeds all. I'm blessed to be a part of this organization.

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1 person found this review helpful

We have been sponsoring two children from the Philippines for the past 5-6 years, and just agreed to sponsor a third child. We love the letters the children send us. They are so thankful for the assistance needed to stay in school and for the very basic amenities that $32 a month provides. It's a great teaching tool for my own 4 children to see first hand what a little charity at home can do for other children who are not so blessed as we are. I absolutely love the program, and hope to be able to continue supporting my kids after the age out at 18 so that they can go to college. Please check out this wonderful organization. You will not be disappointed .
Al Nover Bedford NH

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have sponsored a little girl for six years - who is not so little anymore. I love the letters & pictures of the progress, growth, & resources that my sponsorship furnishes for her. It is wonderful to be able to communicate directly through letters & pictures. I just had the blessing of sponsoring another child. This time I choose an older child, in a different country, that had been waiting a while. It is exciting to know that one person CAN make a significant difference in the world. One child at a time.

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2015

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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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