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Children International
April 7, 2011

We began sponsoring a child in Guatemala in 2004, and I had the opportunity of visiting him and his family the following year. I saw the Children International center in his village as well as visiting his home. We have been exchanging letters since the sponsorship began.

In 2009 my husband and I added a sponsorship for a little girl in Chile, because we were planning a trip there a few months later. We were very impressed with our visit to the Children International office for the area and the small office that served the village where our sponsored child lives. Staff showed us around and answered all of our questions. Then we were taken to the home of our sponsored child, where we met the family before spending the day on an outing with the little girl and her mother. The day's activities were chosen by her, and we also got to visit her pre-kindergarten classroom at her school. It was a wonderful experience, and I was so glad that this time my husband was able to witness Children International in action.

We believe CI is a very worthwhile organization, since they focus on health and education services for sponsored children. We understand that the money we send for gifts for our sponsored children also helps provide for children whose sponsors do not contribute beyond the basic monthly amount. Gifts include needed items for the household as well as for the child. When I visited my sponsored child in Guatemala, we sat on a stools in the kitchen that had been purchased for the family with one of the special contributions that we send for Birthday, Christmas, Easter and Special Hug Day.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visits to both of our sponsored children and by exchanging letters with them.

Ways to make it better...

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

reduce the salary of the CEO.

MY ROLE:
Donor & retired elementary school teacher.

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