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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: Children International is a leader in the movement to eradicate poverty. From toddler to young adulthood, we surround kids with a caring team, a safe place and a clear path out of poverty through programs focused on health, education, empowerment and employment. Our supporters are inspired as they see children radically change their lives and create a ripple effect that impacts their families and communities for generations to come.

Results: We currently serve 250,000 children in 10 countries, including the United States.

Geographic areas served: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, Philippines, United States and Zambia

Programs: Our programs are focused on four key areas – health, education, empowerment and employment.

Community Stories

194 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Leonor L.

Donor

Rating: 4

A great way to help children in poverty all over the world, so they can have the education and health they have rights. I received many times a letter from her mother (since she's a little girl that still dont learn how to write.), but also a drawing she made for me =), so touching!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Have been supporting this organization for years, they always keep us informed of our sponsored girls progress.

1 Kareen O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sponsoring a beautiful girl for four years now, and time just flies. It's been the easiest process, they are always reaching out to you as a company for you to get the best service, and this is only the backgorund of the company.
I think that creating and providing such an easy way to help someone from my country and my community it's just the best thing in the world. I fully recommend Children International as an incredibly easy way to help a child out. Sometimes I think it is even too good to be true but I'm thankfull everyday to be able to sponsor someone with this organization and to be able to help in such an easy way.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sponsoring a child since February 2011 and I've had nothing but absolutely POSITIVE experiences with "Children International". Such organization is always extremely prompt and professional, when it comes to assisting me, responding any inquiry and keeping me informed about my sponsored child. I highly recommend "Children International" for anyone who wishes to support the development of a child in need.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Soy padrino de una niña guatemalteca desde que ella tenía 5 años, es muy satisfactorio el poder ver cómo ha ido creciendo (ahora ella tiene 12) y saber que a pesar de tantas limitantes que la rodean, ella es una niña de bien y positiva ante la vida.
Considero que la ayuda que se proporciona a través que Children International transforma la vida de estos niños

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been sponsoring several children with CI for almost a year now. Their "Care Team" always answer my questions and so far they have been a pleasure to deal with. To date, I have received updates about the children's living conditions, new yearly photos, educational reports (which I requested) as well as several letters from each child. I have also sent a few "Extra Gifts" (donations that go directly to my sponsored children and their families), which they can use to buy the things they need) and received a report telling me how the family used the money (with photos) as well as a letter from the child expressing their thanks. I plan to stay with CI for a long time to come. Also, to anyone who wonders how their sponsorship money is used - it's all on their website. Click on "About Sponsorship" at the top of the page and then "Benefits of Sponsorship" to learn what the children get and/or "Where Your Donation Goes" to learn how the money you donate is handled.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Tengo más de 1 año siendo padrino de Jesús, un niño que en marzo cumplirá 7 años. Hace apenas unas semanas nos conocimos y desde el principio nos llevamos muy bien. Platicamos mucho, jugamos y pude convivir con él y su mamá. Nos acompañó una trabajadora social muy amable que nos ayudó mucho. La visita se pudo hacer hasta ahora porque el Equipo de Children International es muy cuidadoso para que ambas partes, tanto el niño como el padrino estén seguros en todos los sentidos, detalle que me parece valioso e importante. El poder ayudar a un niño que lo necesita me hace sentir contento y espero más personas que puedan hacerlo, lo hagan.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with this organization has been very grateful. They have very clear what I need to know what happen with my contribution and who my child enjoy it. Early, I will help other child. Happy new year.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Does anyone know if as a sponsored parent you can search for the parents of your sponsored child on social media?

1 Isaac6

Donor

Rating: 5

Por ser una persona algo desconfiada decidí apadrinar a una niña que viviera en mi país (México), la cuál he tenido la oportunidad de visitar en dos ocasiones y convivir tanto con ella, como con su mamá, han sido muy buenas experiencias, he comprobado por ellas mismas que mis aportaciones en realidad le ayudan y me siento feliz con ello

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Children International for over ten years now and couldn't be happier! I began sponsoring Cindy when I was 22 years old and living in Chicago. I decided that I spent the amount that they would need from me to help provide basic needs to a child on coffee every week! So, I gave up going out and buying coffee and instead donated that money to Children International. I receive regular updates that give information on where she lives & housing, her parents and other members of her family, her schooling and health status. I get new pictures and get to send and receive letters too!! Cindy has grown so much since I first began writing to her... She is now a senior in high school and has plans to attend college!! I am proud of her and the beautiful young woman she has become and would have never known her without Children International. I would definitely recommend this charity as a way not only to help provide basic necessities for a young child living in poverty but to get to know them and be a part of their family!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This Charity harasses women in the street in order to "fund raise", including physically stepping in front of your way to block your path, screaming at you "you look nice" followed by "I guess you're not", as well as following you up the block while you are trying to go about your business talking about how "pretty your dress is" and other physical attributes. As far as I can tell, they are paying people to harass women. And I mean women, because this sort of hyper aggressive "sales" never seems to be happening to the men that walk by. Supporting them is supporting a culture of inappropriate behavior and harassment.

2 Ana_Maria

Donor

Rating: 5

I love it my experience as a sponsor. I hace 2 children

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING A CHILD FOR MORE THAN 5 YEAR, AND IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE KNOWING THAT I CAN HELP OTHERS IN THEIR NEED.
HELPING IS THE BEST WE CAN DO!!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

this was a great experience and i hope to anyone who does it has a great time like i did with the letters and photo updates knowing you are helping someone in need

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Like most people on this one particular day in downtown Seattle, i was in a rush. For me it was a rush to get to work on time. At first i was hesitant to talk to the guy on the street with the clipboard asking if i wanted to sponsor a child overseas. But being a guy who's interested in foreign cultures, i stopped for a few minutes. Then chatted with the guy and decided to sponsor a child in The Philippines. So here i am nearly 5 years later and i can tell you it's worth it and not just monetarily but spiritually. Even if you can only sponsor a child for 2 years it's worth it. Just in the time that i sponsored my child, i saw him go from a young boy to nearly a young man starting his first year of college. It's nice to know i could help him in some way for a while even though i have a small income myself.

Donor

Rating: 5

The best experience I have ever had.
The best experience I have ever had.

Donor

Rating: 5

Estoy agradecido con Dios por haber puesto en mi camino esta maravillosa institucion, Children International. Me da mucho gusto ver los logros que tienen constantemente a nivel mundial y la creciente cantidad de niños a quienes ayudan

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Over a period of 25 years, we've sponsored children through Children International. We always looked forward to receiving personal letters from our child along with an updated picture. We always received them on a regular basis, plus a letter explaining what our gift monies were spent on (birthdays, holidays etc.) Having a sponsored child helped us to be more aware of happenings around the world and it also helped the world to seem like a smaller place. We are all connected to each other. Very positive experience the entire time.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my experience has been excellentI AM VERY HAPPY WITH CHILDRENS INTERNATIONAL