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Deborah

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Review for KIDS ALIVE INTERNATIONAL INC, Valparaiso, IN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have been going to Palo Blanco in the Dominican Republic for six years. We started building the school by laying the first row of blocks. We have gone back at least once a year ever since. We sponsor two kids there and get to see them every year to see how they have progressed. KAI is pouring money and love into these kids. They are flourishing! It has been a privilege to see how God is working in their lives. Now we are concentrating on doing vocational training for the boys so they will be able to support a family as adults. Kids Alive uses the money that sponsors send in for the care and education of the kids. We have seen where our money goes and how it has helped the kids at Palo Blanco.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The interaction with the nationals. They are warm and loving and happy to see you. We are treated like family. I don't even speak Spanish, but hugs are international! We get to spend time with the kids we sponsor and see where our money goes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Self-sacrificing, wonderful, loving, hard-working, strong Christians, dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save millions of kids all around the world. Provide medical, dental, and educational needs. Support more loving missionaries to care for these needy kids. Help families stay together by helping with their needs. Teach more kids about God.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer! We have found that even a month is not long enough to enjoy our experience and finish the work that needs to be done! We would love to be able to go more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

KAI needs more sponsors!! There are so many needs to be met in the lives of these kids. KAI goes into the poorest areas and reaches the most needy kids. All of these kids need food, love, and an education. KAI meets these needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have never felt unsafe in the DR. We went to church by the school and it was full of KAI kids (without their parents); it made me cry, but also made me realize the impact that the ministry is having on young lives. God is alive and well there.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & We have helped build a school, build furniture for the school, and done vocational training with the kids.