Children International

Rating: 4.48 stars   126 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

I have been a donor/sponsor for over 2 decades with Children International. They have always been very good and I have not had any complains. I have sponsored kids that have graduated out of the program. Currently I have a 10 year old girl from Kolkata, India. This year on my visit to Kolkata I requested to meat my sponsored child. It was a wonderful visit. The staff in Kolkata were really wonderful. They knew the family, they were very mindful of Priyanka, my sponsored child and knew her family. We went to lunch and took Priyanka shopping. The staff were very helpful and took us to places where the family and Priyanka were comfortable at. There was no pressure to give anything more. My daughter who is also 10 became friends with Priyanka and they drew pictures and talked. I asked a lot of questions and got direct responses. On the whole it was a wonderful experience. I was really pleased about the services that were being provided to the kids and to the community. Next time I visit, we will go to Priyanka's village. The family invited us and the staff assured us that it could be easily arranged.
The staff was so dedicated to the work and it was such a pleasure and honor to meet the people that do this great work!!
Congratulations to Children International and best wishes for all your future projects.

Pushpa

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This is a wonderful organization- keep the good work going and please don't change!!!!

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I have been sponsoring children for 17 years. I am currently sponsoring 2 children, a little boy in Honduras and a young man, who recently graduated high school, in the Philippines. I will be sponsoring one of the siblings of my young man in the Philippines when he graduates from the program. I adore my sponsored children, and the letters and pictures they send me give me a lot of joy.

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2013

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We have sponsored children through Children International for over a decade and have been very pleased with the way it is run. We get detailed letters telling specifically what our donations have purchased for our sponsored child as well as updates on our child, his family, his country, etc. Best of all, we receive hand-written notes from our child and are able to write back. It is a truly rewarding experience!

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I cannot think of any complaints or areas where I think it needs to improve.

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I started sponsoring one young woman in India when she was 17 years old. When she graduated from the program at age 19 I took on a younger girl in Mexico. I also joined LiftOne - a social website for CI sponsors to share information. I discovered that I had been missing out on a lot of the sponsor experience. I now sponsor 2 young girls in Mexico, and 2 girls in Guatemala.
The things I like about Children International :
- They are not religious based - the children are not required to belong to a, or any religion in order to receive help - they get enrolled into the program based on need.
- the sponsorship experience is GREAT! You get back more then you put in. I receive letters from all my girls on a routine basis. Also I have mailed packages of gifts to the girls and gotten back thank you letters with pictures of the things I sent. I have also sent extra money for the children and their family to improve their lives - such as purchasing materials to repair a leaking roof. I received back heartfelt thank you letters along with pictures of what the money had been spent on.
- when I have contacted the service reps at the Kansas City office the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful.
- you are allowed and encouraged to visit your sponsored children if you are able to. I am going to be doing just that in November of this year
- CI follows all the regulations of world organizations to ensure the children are protected and kept safe. Every time I interact with CI staff I have no doubt the staff believe that the children are their first priority.
- I know that I am able to impact a child's life in a positive manner - not only do they learn that someone they don't even know cares about them, but in many more tangible ways too.

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I don't have any kids but wanted to help children with few opportunities. I've traveled a lot and know that some situations are so heart breaking and hopeless.

I am so happy and gratified that Childrens International is there to help and provides a way for people like me to help.

Thank you so much.

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Rating: 4 stars  

i have been a sponsor with Children International for many years. I do not have any complaints with my dealings with them. I always get a quick response to my questions. The website is very easy to use and I am able to write my sponsor children very easily.

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I have been lucky to have visited 2 of the children during this time. The local representatives were very kind and accommodating when planning the visit. I wish we had a way to correspond with the local agents by email or through the website rather than having to call them. That was the only issue for me. In India i had a hard time getting hold someone who spoke English. So it was a little challenging. And email system would have been easier.

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I love being a sponsor at Children International. I sponsor with several child sponsorship organizations and Children International is my favorite. I have sponsored with CI since I was in high school and there are so many good things about this organization that I don't know where to start! Here are some special things that I love about it:

1. Sponsors are able to build relationships with their children through letters, photos, visits, donations and this relationship will last a lifetime for the child and for the sponsor. CI encourages this and as a result, the children blossom under the care of a caring sponsor.

2. There are many ways to interact with other sponsors and communicate with the staff. Most of my interactions with the staff have been very pleasant and helpful. One Senior Staff member is charge of my account because I have so much go on with various sponsorships and she does her best to answer my questions and give me requested information. Sponsors are able to communicate with other sponsors on LiftOne, a wonderful community where we can share photos, letters, thoughts on blogs, message boards that are there to answer questions.

3. CI provides many opportunities for sponsors to help their sponsored children through many kinds of donations like basic things that a child gets from sponsorship like clothing, shoes, birthday gifts, Easter and Christmas gifts. Sponsors are able to send funds for special needs to help families and sponsors are also able to send packages to their children and receive thank you letters and photos.
Sponsors are also able to work together to help each other with special fundraisers for our children.

4. Communication with the sponsored child is very good as sponsors and children exchange letters. Sponsors can write letters or communicate through emails on their personal accounts and there is some cool stationery that can be used. The children love to receive letters from their sponsors and often keep them in special locations in their homes.

5. CI provides opportunities for sponsors to sponsor more than one child in a family and there are opportunities to do group sponsorships. This is where a group of sponsors may work together to sponsor a particular child and raise funds to provide for special needs.

6. CI provides opportunities for sponsors to visit their children and this is one thing that I really love about the organization. It is easy to set up a visit and the staff at the field agencies in each country are competent, caring, and work very hard to make sure that visits are a success!

7. Sponsors have the opportunity to provide for a child's further schooling when they graduate from the program if the child wants to pursue an education, and the sponsor and child can continue to maintain contact once a child graduates from CI, if the child wants to. CI offers scholarships for children and provides programs which help them develop leadership skills, personal and civit responsibility, and other skills.

8. Sponsors can receive news and updates on the CI website, Journey's magazine, newsletters from their child's field agency.

If you are looking for an organization that really makes a difference in the life of a needy child, provides good communication and accountability, is flexible and efficient, provides opportunities for sponsors to interact and share ideas, really cares about helping children, then CI is one that you will definitely want to be a part of!!

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

Maybe one day we can see photos of our kids doing various activities in their home, at school, in their community

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My experience with Children International from the start has been extremely satisfying. The staff are consistently helpful and good at addressing concerns and questions. For the past two years since signing up as a donor I've sent a packet of clothes as a gift for Daniela in December and have been rewarded with delightful snapshots of my Daniela in her new duds both times. I plan on visiting her there in Honduras some year in the future.

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simple :we are talking about children in desperate need of help ..food ,clothing ,housing, education and a few toys ..Children International is a great organization ..I trust children International and as prove of what the organization is doing I get frequent updates (lovely letter from your sponsored child with pictures )... bottom line, it makes me and my family feel good and makes us appreciate that we had a little impacted changing someone's life way we live ..

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I have sponsored with Children International since 2005. I've sponsored 8 children, mostly from Central America. The experience has been fantastic. Most charities take your money and your next contact is the junk mail. With Children International, the size of the relationship is in your control. The small monthly expense is a minor part of the potential experience.

Immediately, you begin a letter and photo exchange. You begin to know your child and her family. You can ask that CI do an assessment of the family's needs. If you wish, you can give the family additional help, such as beds, building materials, plumbing, or just a trip to the grocery store. You can also work with CI to ensure that your child receives a proper education. You fill in the missing pieces that kids in the developed world take for granted, such as food and school. You can provide them with their best opportunity in life. And my experience is that they drink it up. They know the value of what you are offering and they appreciate it so much..

I have a continuing relationship with two of my CI graduates. One is in a University Business Administration program, and the other is finishing her second year in a four year Registered Nursing program. I'm very proud of each of my kids.

Starting sponsoring through CI was honestly the best decision I've ever made. It's enriched my life as much as my kid's lives. Directly giving back to one person is what I needed. And it's probably the only shot this kid will have. And the staff at CI is top notch. They make it easy and guide you through everything. I can't recommend this charity more highly.

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

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I've come to sponsor 8 kids. CI has worked with me to develop great relationships with them. They go to their homes and find their needs. They help them into schools. They work with contractors to improve their homes. They work with utilities to keep their electricity on. They take them to the dentist and eye doctor. They do whatever I request of them. They're great.

To those obsessed with the CEO's income, Dante Dante defined Envy as "a desire to deprive other men of theirs." Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically "Neither shall you desire... anything that belongs to your neighbour". Aquinas described envy as "sorrow for another's good". I suggest you get a life and stop hating others for what have failed to accomplish.

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They've developed my sponsored kids wonderfully. Some of my kids are now going to college. They saved these kids.

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

Make the correspondence digital.

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