Children International

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Children International
AbbreviationCI
Motto"Real help. Real hope."
Formation1936[1]
TypeNGO
Legal statusFoundation
Purpose/focusEradicating child poverty
HeadquartersKansas City, MO[2]
President & CEOJim Cook[3]
Websitewww.children.org
 
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Children International
AbbreviationCI
Motto"Real help. Real hope."
Formation1936[1]
TypeNGO
Legal statusFoundation
Purpose/focusEradicating child poverty
HeadquartersKansas City, MO[2]
President & CEOJim Cook[3]
Websitewww.children.org

Children International is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that supports children and prepares youth to escape poverty traps. It addresses children’s critical needs through early intervention and regular interaction in community centers.[4] The goal is to help children overcome the effects of poverty, support their education, and prepare youth to contribute to society.[5]

The organization provides health benefits, such as annual medical exams and care during illness. If a child needs more advanced health intervention, the organization assists in providing referrals to specialists.[6] Beyond these critical needs, Children International provides nutritional support, dental care, counseling for children and families, school supplies and fees, clothing, and items for the home.[7]Other notable programs include a school feeding program in Zambia [8] and reading tents in Uganda [9] [10]. The organization also distributes wheelchairs to needy communities via a gift-in-kind program[11].

Children International engages youth through leadership development opportunities, scholarships, and financial and job-skills training.[12] An example of youth programming is "Into Employment," where participating youth receive training in welding, electrical, refrigeration and industrial mechanics.[13]

Approach[edit]

According to the Children International website, the organization aims to "reduce the burden of poverty on impoverished children, invest in their potential and provide them with opportunities to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society."[4] The organization delivers these results via its community centers, which offer programs, computers, libraries and other educational tools.[14] Educational support of this kind is frequently absent or difficult to acquire in impoverished areas, leading to secondary illiteracy and educational lags.[15] Community centers serve as a distribution network for aid, although the focus is on using each center as "a unique support system" that offers skill and leadership training, college preparation and confidence building.[14] Children International has indicated that its interests lie in cross-sector work with private industry, local and national governments, individuals and other non-governmental organizations.[16] Children International uses a child sponsorship model to fund these activities, with nearly all of its funding coming from private donations.[17] Funds are transferred to each agency, which oversee the organization’s community centers, according to an approved budget.

History[edit]

Known in its earlier years as "Holy Land Christian Mission," Children International was founded in 1936.[18] The organization distributed food baskets to widows and poor families, provided early childhood education[19] and operated a small medical clinic as well as a children’s home for orphans. This clinic was expanded following a polio outbreak in 1952 and became larger and more sophisticated over the years.[20] Eventually known as the Mt. David Crippled Children’s Hospital, the clinic provided critical orthopedic medical services[21] until its closure.

In the 1980s, the organization began expanding its scope by launching sponsorship agencies in Guatemala, Colombia, Chile, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.[22] It would later change its name to Children International.[23]

Children International is currently a secular organization which supports equal participation for all children regardless of religion.[24] The organization operates in 11 countries, including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and Zambia.[25]

Singer and longtime CI supporter Debbie Gibson was featured as a contestant on the 2012 season of The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. From the show, she raised $50,000 for CI and her winnings went towards the construction of a community center to serve 5,000 poor children in New Delhi, India. The community center will include a medical and dental clinic, pharmacy, library, computer lab and playground. The center will allow impoverished children to receive much-needed health care and educational support they would not have otherwise.[26]

Mission[edit]

Children International's mission is to bring real and lasting change to children living in poverty. In partnership with contributors, we reduce their daily struggles, invest in their potential, and provide them with the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society.[4]

Celebrity supporters[edit]

In addition to Debbie Gibson, Children International has a dedicated base of celebrity supporters who have graciously agreed to lend their names and faces in support of bringing real and lasting change to families around the world.

James_Valenti, an American operatic tenor, has been vocal about his support of Children International and has visited its operations in the Dominican Republic [27] [28]. Marco_Antonio_Regil, a Mexican television personality and game show host, cites Children International as one of his charities[29] and has filmed commercials in support of the organization [30].

The list of other celebrities who support the organization includes Edie Falco, Drew Carey, Christian Finnegan, Heather Graham, Helio Castroneves, Miranda Kerr, Hannah Teter and Neil Patrick Harris.[31]

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Santa Paula Community Center in Tonalá, Jalisco, México.

Partnerships and alliances[edit]

Children International has worked with a number of organizations and agencies.

USAID[edit]

Working with USAID/Colombia, Children International piloted a program called Hope for Colombia’s Children that trained youth in conflict resolution.[32] The two organizations have also distributed books together in the Philippines.[33]

Additionally, the organization has two sub-grants under USAID-funded projects in Honduras: IMPACTOS – In partnership with Counterpart International, Children International works with youth and community leaders in four communities in the Asentamientos Humanos, San Pedro Sula area to increase transparency and accountability of public institutions.[34] METAS – In partnership with Education Development Center, Children International works with at-risk youth to advance their job knowledge and skills, linking them with professional opportunities in their communities.[35]

Peace Corps[edit]

Children International has worked with the U.S. Peace Corps in a number of countries. The organization has trained Peace Corps volunteers in Guatemala,[36] and has worked on several water-related projects in the Philippines, including a sanitation project[37] and installation of water pumps.[38]

Aflatoun[edit]

Children International began its partnership with Aflatoun in 2010, when it implemented its programs in three countries: Ecuador, India and the Philippines.[39] Children International has since expanded Aflatoun to its sponsorship areas, including Colombia,[40] Honduras,[41] and Chile.[42]

In 2012, sponsored child Carla Vasquez from Guayaquil, Ecuador, was awarded the Youth Champion Award in Geneva, Switzerland, by Child and Youth Finance.[43] In 2013, Children International had two children, one from Ecuador and one from India, qualify as finalists with their Aflatoun projects at the 2013 Child and Youth Finance Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.[44]

PAHO[edit]

During A Promise Renewed for the Americas, a 2013 gathering of organizations including USAID and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/World Health Organization), 18-year-old sponsored youth Nelson Hernandez Jimenez signed the Declaration of Panama on behalf of Children International. The document recognizes a continuing commitment to address issues of child, maternal, and reproductive health in the region[45].

Aura's House[edit]

Aura's House[46] works with Children International on Small Scale, Doable Projects.

UNICEF[edit]

Sponsored youth in the Philippines, trained by Children International, have assisted UNICEF in disaster relief.[47] Children International has also implemented a child protection policy based on the tenets of UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies.[48][49]

Eli Lilly[edit]

The Eli Lilly and Company's Lilly MDR-TB Partnership worked with Children International to create a public awareness campaign in India in 2009 that continued for several years.[50][51] Sponsored youth, trained as Youth Peer Educators (YPE), supported tuberculosis patients during their treatment and worked as change agents to decrease stigma about the disease and increase overall community awareness of the illness.[52]

Pan-American Games[edit]

Children International was named sole charity partner for the 2011 Pan-American Games.[53] Subsequently, it released the video "Soy Panamericano".[54]

Americorps[edit]

Children International's United States' program, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, partners with Americorps.[55] Celebrity Apprentice Singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson played for Children International on NBC’s 12th season of The Celebrity Apprentice, winning $50,000 for the charity.[56]

Reception[edit]

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