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Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Christianity, Environment, International, International Relief, Parks & Playgrounds, Religion

Mission: Kids Around the World is committed to reaching children around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to help those who work with children. Our organization hasthree methods to attain these ends. The first is to reach children with the gospel through teaching and evangelizing. The second is to build playgrounds where children can play and where they can feel the happiness that is a gift of Gods love.

Results: We have built over 375 playgrounds, trained thousands of teachers (potentially serving over 5 million children), and providing approximately 13 million meals to children who were on the brink of starvation.

Target demographics: We travel to areas where children's lives have been affected by war, poverty, illness, and natural disasters. We have built playgrounds in over 27 countries and trained teachers in over 41 countries.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Building playgrounds where children can enjoy being a kid. Research has shown that playground activities are essential for childrens proper physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive development. Teaching Christian education workers how to develop better Bible lessons. We use storyboards that we have created as a visual aid in the lesson development and instruct the teachers on ways to involve children in the lesson activities. Provide nutritious meals for children. We package food casseroles which are a rice and soy mix fortified with 21 vitamins and minerals, 6 dehydrated vegetables, and chicken flavoring. The ingredents are recognized and accepted worldwide and preparation involves cooking with boiling water.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I think of Kids Around The World I think just one thing, WONDERFUL! I have never been on a trip to put a playground in but I have had the opportunity to remove a playground. I have helped get these playgrounds around to be shipped to the desired locations. The whole refurbishment process is hard work and we are very thankful for here at the East Coast location in Watsontown, Pa to have a great bunch of folks that come together and knock these playgrounds out for shipment.

I look forward to many more years helping out this organization in any way that I can. The purpose of this organization to impact the lives of children for Christ should warm everyone’s heart. From a finance point of view from what I have seen Kids Around The World does an amazing job of stretching every dollar. This is a Five Star Organization all the way!

Have a GREAT DAY ALL!!!!
Bob Rodriguez

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just returned from leading a build of two playgrounds in Paraguay. This is the first time that I have had the honor of leading a group. Unfortunately we were not able to dedicate the playgrounds before I left. Seeing the children watching the build and hearing the questions they were asking about when they were going to be able to play makes me so happy that I was able to serve and give these children a safe place to play. Kids Around the world is a first rate place that gives their heart and soul to the advancement of our Lords message to be His hands and feet on earth. Luke 18:16 Says But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. This is KAW's motto in my opinion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids Around The World is a great organization that uses several avenues to reach and assist children all over the world. From meals and playgrounds, to teaching ministry leaders how to better interact and engage with the kids in their area, this ministry really covers a lot of needs. They also involve their volunteers and donators on a personal level that helps to communicate what their mission and goals are. They do such a good job and get people excited to be involved. I went through their KIDStory training and I found it to be very interactive and effective.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have partnered with the Kids Around the World team for the past 3 years and this is a team that loves Jesus and is totally on mission with Him to reach the world. I love the various ways they come alongside churches and communities (through KIDStory, OneMeal, and building playgrounds), but it is the transformational impact of these efforts on adults and children that is truly exciting. As I've served alongside a couple of their team members (Gary Strudler and Melissa Lounsbury), I've been able to clearly see their hearts and witness their effectiveness as a ministry team. This is an organization of godly men and women who serve as faithful stewards of what God has provided to them. I commit both time and financial support to Kids Around the World, and I encourage others to do so as well.

1 Jennifer455

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kids Around the World is THE best organization I have found that allows families--your whole family, no matter the age of your children--to serve together in the community for the cause of Christ around the world.

The Kids Around the World warehouse is my family's favorite place to volunteer. Our goal is to eventually attend a mission trip with them as a family in the future, but for now, simply taking part in working around the warehouse and helping at packing events is always a positive, encouraging, and uplifting experience for our family. The staff at the warehouse are friendly, open, and inviting. My children (ages 5 and 7) actually ask me to go volunteer because they have so much fun and enjoy interacting with the staff. In the small time I've been volunteering for them personally, it has become a place that feels like home, and I look forward to volunteering because I know the heart of the people I'm working along side is to love kids by providing for their needs and their enjoyment in hope of ultimately creating opportunities to impact their hearts for the Lord.

If you're looking for an organization that values your children and what they have to offer as much as they value your volunteer hours as an adult, then this is where you need to try and connect with your time and energy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Twice our church has partnered with Kids Around the World to organize a food packing event to benefit hungry children. Partnering with Kids has promoted global awareness and compassion within our congregation and has deeply impacted our partner in Nicaragua. Lives are being changed , for Him, through the food program in remote village communities. The Kids team is professional, flexible and helpful in engaging a congregation to impact impoverished people who need to know Christ!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm so excited about Kid's Around the World and the work we are teaming up to accomplish that changes the lives of children in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. Through KidStory they help teachers bring to life the stories of the Bible, through OneMeal they invite churches to partner in packing meals to feeding extremely hungry children and through building playgrounds we work together to bring hope and joy. We have done multiple projects together and they have been wonderful to work with! Lock arms with this wonderful non-profit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past spring (2015) I had the privilege, alongside 12 other Police Officers from Calgary Alberta Canada, to assist with the building of a playground in Costa Rica. It was a mammoth undertaking. Seemingly impossible at first sight; but a beauty to watch the completion, the handing over to the locals and the spectacle of seeing families enjoy the rides, swings, bars, etc. Our team leader provided the impetus and sense of vision for the project. The ethos of Kids Around the World created the excitement and passion for our team to work beyond the breaking point and complete the task in almost record times. It was an honor to serve with this agency and our team leader, Dan, in particular. He guided our thoughts and efforts with purpose and intent.

Kids Around the World gave me the fresh sense of wanting to serve with you in future adventures. On a personal note, Dan conducted himself with dignity and character. It’s not easy to work with nor impress Police Officers. Taking orders from others is not an easy thing for the Policing world. However, Dan didn’t have to give orders. His personal inspirational leaders created the atmosphere of inclusion and involvement. Yet he was not afraid to be questioned or challenged. His answers were truly grace filled. This past spring (2015) I had the privilege, alongside 12 other Police Officers from Calgary Alberta Canada, to assist Dan Liesik with the building of a playground in Costa Rica.

It was a mammoth undertaking. Seemingly impossible at first sight; but a beauty to watch the completion, the handing over to the locals and the spectacle of seeing families enjoy the rides, swings, bars, etc.

Dan, provided the leader, impetus and sense of vision for the project. The ethos of kids around the world created the excitement and passion for our team to work beyond the breaking point and complete the task in almost record times. It was an honor to serve with this agency and Dan in particular. He guided our thoughts and efforts with purpose and intent. Kids Around the World gave me the fresh sense of wanting to serve in future adventures with this organization.

On a personal note, Dan conducted himself with dignity and character. It’s not easy to work with nor impress Police Officers. Taking orders from others is not an easy thing for the Policing world. However, Dan didn’t have to give orders. His personal inspirational leaders created the atmosphere of inclusion and involvement. Yet he was not afraid to be questioned or challenged. His answers were truly grace filled.

My fullest endorsement to the mission of Kids Around the World.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In March 2015 I playground build in Costa Rica with Kids Around The World as part of a larger mission involving our team from Calgary. None of us had ever undertaken something like this before, but what was very daunting, quickly became an awesome adventure and team exercise, thanks to the fantastic skills and love for people that the team leaders displayed. They love what they do and that love is so infectious, that you can't help but be affected by it. I'm going to say it - it changed my life. What great people and a great organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have a longstanding partnership with Kids Around the World and it has been so life-giving to our church! We've packed countless meals for people in need, we've built playgrounds in several countries, and we've even been a part of container conversions (where the shipping container stays in country and gets converted to an impact center for future ministry)! Their vision to work on the ground with local people and invest in entire communities is something that distinguishes them from other nonprofits, and their heart to see real needs met and the Lord glorified among the nations is very apparent. Also, the kid-friendly quality to their work and trips is something our church highly values as well. We are so grateful for Kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just went on my first Kids Around the World trip...it was incredible, and I'm already thinking about going on another...Our team of 27 (21 high school students) was lead by Mike Young; he did an incredible job leading our team, and made it super fun!!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The best way I can describe Kids Around The World (KATW) is a "Partner" in every sense of the word. I volunteer on a global missions planning team for a large church and where Kids differentiates from other non-profit's is their approach to Partnership. Where some non-profit organizations may try to convince you on why you should align your volunteers and resources to support their causes, Kids Around The World seeks to see where you are already committed to find where they may partner to further the existing local ministry outreach thru food aid, playground structures, and Bible story telling curriculum called KidStory. We have been involved in many campaigns and mission trips together and I admit that during the planning and execution of such events it is difficult to distinguish that there are two teams working together as we have such unity and harmony amongst our teams. We are thankful for our partnership with Kids Around The World and are excited about the future activities that we have planned together.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a blessing and a privilege to volunteer with Kids Around The World. The KIDStory training I receive from Gary Strudler is excellent and I have used the concepts of 'facilitating vs teaching' and 'allowing the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of the kids vs telling them what they should think/believe' have had live changing effects on myself as well as the children and other trainers in my classes. I have been a part of teams both locally and internationally and will continue to volunteer with this worthy organization. Beyond BibleStorying, KATW refurbishes and builds playgrounds and packs food for hungry children around the world. This ministry nurtures the entire child --- body, mind and soul.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with children's ministry for the last 12 years. When I learned about, witnessed and participated in the KIDStory ministry of Kids Around the World, I was absolutely awed by the impact it has in both third world countries and in the US.

I found the same to be true for their OneMeal ministry as I participated in packing events and saw the impact they have on both the participants and the recipients.

Kids Around the World is a truly global ministry. It's focus on children and those caring for and ministering to children is inspiring.

It's a true privilege to be able to volunteer for and participate in KIDS ministries.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To volunteer for Kids Around the World is a blessing. It is a joy to work alongside the staff. I have volunteered in the office, helped pack flannelgraph kits, and help make puppets for the puppet ministry. This has allowed me to see the inner workings of this organization and I am impressed as to how well it is run and how much they have accomplished all over the world. They have fed the hungry, built playgrounds to give joy to children and bring families together, and they teach the Gospel of Jesus. Kids Around the World is concerned for the people they serve - body, mind, and soul - and they do it so well.

Pat Chitwood

Client Served

Rating: 5

I volunteer for a mission in Guatemala that has a Christian school as one of it's outreaches. KATW helped us every step of the way in raising funds, shipping, customs and installation. Even with a snafu that is common to third world environments, KATW rolled with it and we were able to make our goals in a timely manner. The playground has been in use for over a year now, and we are still thrilled the quality equipment. The playground we ended up installing was well beyond what was first imagined. Praise the Lord for KATW, and for their ability to help provide playgrounds at a fraction of the cost of new.
http://www.newhopeguatemala.com

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I help run an organization that has children's homes and outreach ministries in 4 different locations in Mexico. Kids Around the World has put in 2 playgrounds for us and we are planning on another playground going in this January. They are an organization that seeks to serve others in any way they can with no thought as to how they are going to benefit. They are organized, professional, and show the love of Jesus to all they come into contact with. We are privileged to partner with them and I would encourage anyone that has the opportunity to do the same.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Delaney Perez and I am 13 years old. I have been apart of 7 New Orleans, Louisiana playground builds, and one Guatemala playground build. I really enjoy going on these trips because not only has it brought me closer to God, but my friends, family, and the people of Louisiana/Guatemala. I truly believe that going for a 8th playground build in Louisiana is very significant. Kids Around the World should really consider taking a team back down to New Orleans again because it’s a lot of fun getting to know so many different people and their life stories, and from past experience, these trips have not only taught me to love others, but to love them more than yourself. In addition, these trips bring friends closer than ever. If I hadn’t gone on the first 2007, New Orleans trip, I wouldn’t have met such amazing people! Weather it’s 110º or 45º, I’ve enjoyed every single trip and would LOVE to go back in about January 2013. Meeting new people, creating friendships and memories, and working for the Lord is almost indescribable when the week is finished. So, to wrap it all up, if it’s possible to go back to New Orleans, I say we should go for it at least one last time. It will be another adventure to look forward to. To make this trip possible we need a total of $50,000. If you would please consider praying for this trip, or donating toward our cause, it would be most appreciated! It would mean so much to Kids Around the World and me. Thank you!



Love always,



Delaney Perez (:



Cindy32

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kids Around the World partnered with our church in building a playground. This allowed us to get to know more about the work of Kids Around the World. The leadership and volunteers that joined us for our playground build shared so many great stories of changed lives in other countries that our church has now partnered with Kids Around the World to raise money for a playground build in Haiti. This has given us an opportunity to share with the children of our church the importance of sharing our resources to impact the lives of the Haitian children. Kids Around the World is impacting lives in the USA in the communities where they are removing playgrounds for refurbishing (where they are sharing why they are doing what they are doing) and in many other countries (where they are sharing food,and the love of Jesus while they are building the playground). Kids Around the World's leadership are Godly men and women who are serving God in an authentic and joyful manner and we here at VCG are blessed by them and their ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never met someone with some much LOVE for the LORD. Mike from KATW was such an awesome leader. And he inspired me everyday to work hard(er). I would go on a trip with Mike from KATW every time!