Children International

Rating: 4.47 stars   130 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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2 people found this review helpful

I've been a sponsor for my child for 9.5 years. I wanted to help and I knew that as one person I was limited to how much I could do, but joining forces with Children International I was able to do so much more. I am a working mother and between those two jobs, I don't have any spare time to volunteer. But for a very minimal amount every month, I can make someone's life better. And it's not just better, in some cases it could mean the difference of surviving. I love knowing that I've made a difference in my child's life and also his family's life too. Now his parents don't have to worry about how to make ends meet. If every person who was financially able would donate to just one child, it could mean the end of world hunger.

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?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

I'm 21 and I am the proud sponsor of 2 CI kids. My father has been sponsoring children with CI for over a decade and this year, I sponsored my own two children (a little boy in India and a little girl in the Philippines). I've grown up being skeptical of this and that nonprofit my father decided to sign up for because they never really addressed the basic issue of poverty that the children lived in. Children International is the only one I've found that really does lift children out of poverty using education as their instrument. It's an instrument that took my mother out of poverty and now, she's the idol for my cousins on the maternal side of my family. This year, I interned for the CI Bay Area Chapter - a huge success! I saw the inner workings of how CI really works and what they achieve all over the world. I'm proud to say that I will support this organization no matter what hardships they face; they will persevere and continue to uphold a long-standing tradition of educating youth and empowering them to become facilitators for real change.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I've been sponsoring children since my college days, but it wasn't until I visited my child and volunteered for CI in India for a month that I truly understood the depth of their impact. It's not just about food, clothing and shoes, it's about a holistic system that empowers youth and their community not only to get out of poverty, but to become the ones who then gift back to others. I've spent my career managing non-profits, and this is the most effective organization I've seen for true child and community development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of children and communities that have access to their programs, by inspiring other sponsors to spread the word about what they do.

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been a sponsor of Maria for about 8 years. She is now 13 years old, and I have enjoyed watching her progress, through annual pictures and letters that she now writes herself. When she was very young, her mother wrote the letters.

Children International is a very worthwhile non-profit, where your contributions make a big difference in the lives of children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed, they have always been transparent and communicastive.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

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

A lot

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Best of all the child sponsorship programs. I have sponsored children for several years. Big organization, but their system allows wonderful personal attention to the needs of each child.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a sponsor through Children International for 5 years. I have sponsored one beautiful girl in India from the age of 15 and she is now attending college thanks to us. Children International helped facilitate this special arrangement, because we were willing to help and she and her family were so extraordinarily eager to work hard and take advantage of the opportunity we could offer her. Now I sponsor another little girl in India, age 5. I cannot express how vital and rewarding it is to help these deserving children, who, with their families, are so grateful. It is a miracle to help them achieve a better life and, sometimes, even their dreams. It is a testament to Children International for how smoothly this all works. I have found Children International to be thoroughly reliable, trustworthy, and professional. They work hard to create real relationships between the sponsors and the ones they aid. It's clear this is a mission with them. I am in awe of their achievements. I recommend this charity highly! If you are considering this charity, try it--you will be blown away by how quickly and how importantly your mere dollars can affect a child's life, health, education, well-being, and future. There are few things I do more important than this.

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?

2013

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