Viva Network's approach to networking local Churches and local child-care providers provides for a powerful, scalable model to improve the situation of children-at-risk. This network approach lifts up kids by empowering these local workers and giving them tools to improve their effectiveness. Programs like Early Encounter, help to network local groups to intervene before Sex Traffickers can approach children. Other Viva programs also are empowering children in the World's slums to work together to advocate for better treatment of poor children. I have been compelled to join the Board of this very effective organization as they have a very impactful, training-based model that is truly helping people around the world change the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in their own communities.
There are so many child sponsorship organizations out there, what attracted me to Viva was the Network model. By working across organizations providing care to children in a given community, you can have such a more significant impact on numerous kids. The return on investment is so much greater.
Viva Network North America is connected to local projects around the world and makes a real impact in children's lives. Viva is unique is its ability to work in some of the poorest places in the world, where it connects local initiatives with each other through collaboration techniques -- and where it provides those local projects with training and support that allows the local projects to thrive. I have visited some Viva's connections and projects and have seen the true impact upon children at risk from supporting Viva and its efforts. I only wish more people knew of Viva and supported it, because that would expand its impact even farther and deeper.