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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

168 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 1

I have to say that my experience with this org has been frustrating and uninformative. I was sponsoring a child in the us and to date I have no idea how my money is been used or how the child is doing. I am unclear how much of my money is going to fund the large apparatus and complex website that the org seems to have, and I have never received an answer as to how specifically my money is being used to help the child engage in various programs, or what those programs even are.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I was sponsoring my child for 11 years, from aged 8 until she left the program just last month aged 19. It was a very emotional journey and even more so for meeting my child, a few months into my sponsorship. That experience totally changed my life and made me a better person, and all of the money through those 11 years of sponsorship were worth every penny for that experience alone. Nothing can prepare you for the joy and emotion of sponsoring a child, and I implore anyone who can afford that little extra to do so. It also changes the life of that little girl or boy in ways you cannot begin to imagine, and the happiness it brings to them and their family is irreplaceable. There are so many things I could say but there are no words to truly express the feelings involved in such an experience. It is a magical journey from start to finish... but there is no real ending because those memories stay in your heart forever!

6

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been sponsoring Dorisel for 7 years, and wanted to learn more about her family, their true living conditions, and her. The local representative sent photos of their home. I then asked what would be the most important improvement she and her family would like to have made. A more private and sanitary bathroom and shower enclosure was the answer. Children International proceeded to develop a plan and cost. As a General Contractor, the number came back as reasonable, not very detailed, but I trusted them. At the end of the project, a full report was sent to me with a detailed cost breakdown, and a complete set of photos of the finished product with the family guiding a tour. A wash basin and water storage was included that I didn't realize was in the plan. It was terrific to see such a great addition to their lives. They even brought the project under budget, and were able to purchase cleaning products for the family with the extra $68. Who could ask for a better, more caring, and trusted partner as Children International. They far exceeded my expectations. I look forward to further projects in the future.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit with friendly volunteers. Hopefully I can sponsor more children in the future.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Via Children International, I've heard a lot of stories of the children who really need help. By donating just a little money every month, I became a sponsor to provide my sponsored child with some financial support. I am very excited to read his letters, and so happy to know that my donations change his life! I feel very so special to have such great impact on someone's life!

7 Karen338

Donor

Rating: 1

A couple of months ago, I sponsored a brother and sister. The demographic information listed on the computer reflected they were the only children of a family living in the Dominican Republic. This lead me to believe I was the only sponsor for this family. The computerized demographics also reflected the father was a daily worker earning $100 dollars per month and that they lived in a 2 berm house with only 2 beds which lead me to believe the siblings slept together. Based upon this information, I believed the family needed some immediate relief and could probably use some extra money for food and essentials such as another bed. Subsequently, I gifted several hundreds of dollars allowing Children's International to supervise the needed items to the family thinking the monies would be used for basic necessities for the family. Now, I am receiving pictures, correspondence, and information from Children's International that their are 7 children total with 4 other sponsors for the family. Additionally, I have received documentation and pictures advising me that my hard earned money went to buy bicycles for both children, multiple toys for not only my sponsored children but for other children in the household that I did not sponsor nor was I made aware of their existence at the time of sponsorship. Very few groceries, to include a pack of diapers, were purchased and given the size of the household, such groceries would last only a day or two. I consider them token groceries intended to justify the allocation of the monies. I have contacted Children's International to basically ask them what the heck is going on here. They did did acknowledge there are more children and more sponsors for the family. They are checking into the reported 2 bed situation and hopefully the reported income. I seriously doubt either is accurate and if they are, why were my monies used primarily for toys. I want to know who is responsible for this bait and switch. Is it the family providing false information or the Children's International office who input the data into the computer. I am glad the children liked their toys; however, I do not appreciate the bait and switch or the abuse in the spending of the funds I provided for what I was lead to believe would go primarily for basic necessities and not toys. I wish I had not paid in advance for a years sponsorship for both children. I am seriously at a loss as to what to do as I have already established a relationship with the children and they are not responsible for the bait and switch scheme being perpetrated here. I wish I had donated my monies to the local food bank where my funds would have been used better.

Review from Guidestar

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor with Children International for years. They truly connect you with your children, one to one, by providing you with extensive information on your child's progress. The impact it affords the sponsors is as rewarding as that it is for the children. I've experienced other charities in the past. Children International exceeds all. I'm blessed to be a part of this organization.