I have been sponsoring a child through Children's Impact Network for seven years. I am impressed with the work they are doing, the love and support they give to the children and the staff's dedication to improve the lives of everyone they can.
The Bolivia Life Center is a fantastic opportunity to both financially support orphans off the streets of Bolivia as well as get the opportunity to get to know the boys. My oldest daughter worked a host one summer and she was so touched by the experience that she wrote about it on her medical school application. My youngest daughter has participated on 2 one week teams and is behind excited to go back and host this summer (2013). The BLC has become her passion. As a family, we have financially supported one boy. We write him letters and send him pictures 2x a year. We have been supporting him for 4 years.
Children's Impact Network rescues disposable children - yes you read correctly - children who are sold or abandoned for various reasons in 3rd world countries. These children find a loving, caring place to care for their every need. Most of these children were living in the streets used by pimps and drug dealers for despicable things. Staff at CIN devote their lives to loving and caring for these children. I have visited the Bolivia Life Center 4 times. I sponsor 3 children there and have had the opportunity to meet and know them as their Madrina. At CIN they receive, not just the basics of food and clothing, but also get tutoring, health care, clean living conditions, nutritional meals, religious training and the opportunity to learn trades they can carry on into adulthood. They are also given support after high school at the Life House. They can even go to college!
I have been to the Bolivia Life Center 3 times in the last 4 years and contribute to them financially as well. Because I have been there and have seen for myself the amazing life being provided to the children at the orphanage, it has become a deep passion in my heart. These children receive their basic daily needs such as food, clothing and an education, but they also receive religious education, a work ethic, and lots of love from those who work and visit them. The children are so amazing - they love and give to those of us who visit far more than anything we give to them. This place will steal your heart as it did mine!
Review from Guidestar
Children's Impact Network has helped to make such a huge impact on my life. God has blessed this ministry so much and I am changed a little more each time I go on a missions trip with them. I have grown such a love for this ministry and what is taking place there. God has used this ministry to help so many people. God's love and presence is all over the orphanage in Bolivia, and the different projects taking place all over the world. It's such a selfless ministry, which I love so much about it. The heart of this ministry is to share God's love to people who have nothing. Their main goal is to look after the orphans and the widows of this world. They truly do make an impact one life at a time, and I have been so blessed to be a small part of it. Another thing I love about the ministry is that they are so great with all age groups. Whether it is adults, youth groups or families, everyone has a great experience. I highly recommend Children's Impact Network to anyone looking for a life changing experience, lots of fun, and a true encounter with the presence of God. It definitely would be a trip that you would not regret.
I had the privilege of knowing the founders of CIN as a young adult and my life and ministry were impacted by them. So, I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when they say they are impacting children's lives with food, clothing, medical care, education and more importantly, LOVE, that's exactly what they are doing. When I have the chance to give I do it joyfully and excitedly because I get to participate on the impact they are having on the children now and on future generations. Awesome!
We were introduced to CIN by our son and daughter in law who were involved through their church. We went on a mission trip to The Life Center in Bolivia several years ago and have been hooked ever since. The most helpless and defenseless groups of people worldwide are children. It was an incredible blessing to witness and be involved in an organization that reaches out to children in need, giving them an opportunity that they likely would not otherwise have. One of the most impactful moments for me while in Bolivia was seeing the widespread poverty and desolation. There are thousands of street children that have no home or family. I remember thinking, how can you make a difference in such deeply impoverished and oppressed conditions? And then it occurred to me, "one child at a time". We have since sponsored two boys and are so thankful to be able to do so. Being a part of CIN helps keep us grounded in the reality of what really matters the most, loving others.
I cannot say enough good things about this organization. I've gone to Bolivia and Honduras with Children's Impact Network and I'm going back to Honduras this summer. We all know that it takes great leadership to run a great organization. Well, John and Maritza Hernandez are two of the best. They do an incredible job of moving mountains with a small staff. So, a large portion of the money raised goes right to the needy. The entire Hernandez family gets involved in the lives of the people they serve, the lives of the staff, and the lives of the volunteers. They don't just want your money so they can achieve their agenda. They want to partner with you to make the world a better place. Always open to new ideas, always looking for opportunities, CIN is an incredible organization.
Children's Impact Network impacts the lives of many children that would otherwise never be helped in their lives. CIN has for many years slowly grown into a strong, stable organization that has the best interests of those they serve at the forefront of their entire mission. John Hernandez, his family and the entire staff have always done things the right way. In it's infancy, CIN crawled before they walked and then walked before they ran. They are now a world class organization and one that I am proud to say that I can give to and know that my donation will be put to work in a meaningful way.
Children's Impact Network is an organization that truly lives up to its name by impacting countless children's lives around the world. It goes above and beyond what is expected in its care for the orphanes living in its life centers in Bolivia and Honduras, and does not stop there but impacts the lives of children in the surrounding villages too. Not just in financial ways but in showing them love and care also. As a volunteer I was changed by my experience serving others along with CIN and this organization will always be dear to my heart and I plan to stay involved with them. Their cause is one that is special to me, but I also love CiN because they do everything with 110% of who they are and I have the upmost respect for them.
Have you ever wanted to make an impact in this world but don't know where to go? Have you ever wished you could work with a non-profit who have founders that feel like they are part of your family and where you feel safe traveling to a new part of the world all on your own. Well, Children's Impact Network is the organization where this happened to me. 10 years ago I was looking to make a difference in the lives of children and by the grace of God I found Children's Impact Network on the internet. Little did I know I was not their to change the children's lives but the children were truly going to change my life for ever. I have been volunteering with Children's Impact network over the past ten years and been blessed to visit once to twice a year to the Bolivia Life Center. I have had the opportunity to see the volunteers and financial donations improve the lives of the boys at the Bolivia Life Center. I have seen how love and faith give the children hope and dreams for their future. I have have seen God use these children who were living on the streets with no hope now have hope and work towards their their dreams. You too can donate your time or financial donations to impact children who have made a permanent place in my heart. Go make your impact with Children's Impact Network.
I have been involved with CIN for 4 years -- both as a volunteer and a donor. My daughters and I visited the Bolivia Life Center in 2009 as part of a mission team from our church. I am leaving this week for my 5th trip and it has been my great privilege to sponsor two boys at the oprhanage with regular donations. CIN has absolute integrity throughout all levels of the organization: from John and Maritza Hernandez' strong leadership, to the dedicated staff here in the states, to the tias and tios who care for the boys in Bolivia. I am so impressed with their good stewardship of resources, and I know that my money is being used wisely to have the greatest impact on the lives of these precious children. CIN does an excellent job keeping donors and volunteers connected to the Life Center through regular email newsletters and communications from the boys. My family's involvement with CIN has been a blessing to us and I would encourage anyone who loves Jesus and loves children to consider partnering with CIN.
CIN is an amazing organization. My wife and I have both spent summers working at the Bolivia Life Center and we can attest that not only has that place eternally changed the lives of the boys who live there, but it has made its mark on every person who has ever visited there. The work they do is very difficult, exhausting and expensive, but they do it well and they are one of a kind. They continue to expand their work into much needed areas where little to no one else is working, for example they are helping the families of martyred pastors. I can not speak more highly about the John, the leader of this organization and his commitment for long term development in the people he works with.
Review from Guidestar
I have been working with CIN for the past 5+ years, I had been working in Honduras since 1995 and was asked about 5 years ago to partner with John Hernandez (CIN-Director) with some pastors conferences. Last year I joined CIN board to help facilitate a permanent ministry center and childrens home in Lake Yajoa Honduras. This year we purchased the land and are using a rented large house to provide for our children. John & Maritza have a long history of missions and a deep love of Christ and the great commision.
Our Family has been connected with Children's Impact Network since 2003. It started with my son and daughter 13 and 14 respectively taking a trip to Bolivia with our Church. Our life has never been the same! Our kids came home with a sense of purpose and gratitude for the life they had. They continued visiting The Bolivia Life Center with CIN summer after summer. We began supporting this organization when we saw the results in our children - living life for more than themselves. We have gotten to know the founder and many of their staff and volunteers and love their hearts for Jesus. Last year we took our first trip with CIN, it blew us away to gain a greater perspective on Gods Kingdom. We have three younger children coming of age and can't wait to follow in their big brother and sister's footsteps. Children's Impact Network is a small, but very effective organization to partner with if you're concerned about reaching our world with the love of Jesus.