Watch a video from Joel Lambert of Discovery Channel's Lone Target. Joel is a former Navy SEAL and a Children International sponsor.

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Sponsoring a child has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I am blessed to have this lovely girl in my life!

- Catherine's sponsor of 7 years, Carolyn G.

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Change Her Life Forever

Karen Francheska Desperately Needs Your Help!

Her family's monthly income is only $150. At 7 years of age, she has so much potential but needs your love and support.

Your monthly sponsorship gift of $25 will change Karen Francheska's life! Sponsorship will provide her with:

  • Emergency Food as Needed
  • Medical and Dental Care
  • Educational Support
  • Family Assistance
  • Clothes, Shoes and More!

Please sponsor Karen Francheska so she can escape poverty and achieve her dreams.

  • Name: Karen Francheska
  • Age: 7 (11/4/2006)
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Lives with: Parents and 2 siblings

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  • Name: Karen Francheska
  • Age: 7 (11/4/2006)
  • Country: Dominican Republic
  • Lives with: Parents and 2 siblings
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Watch a video from Joel Lambert of Discovery Channel's Lone Target. Joel is a former Navy SEAL and a Children International sponsor.


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JOURNEYS Spring 2014

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The Long Goodbye

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Speaking of Sponsorship

“Kids just want to be kids no matter where in the world you are. CI makes a tremendous difference in their lives offering them education, healthcare, opportunities and a chance to just have fun.”

James Valenti, sponsor and opera singer

Why did you become a sponsor?

Blaine: Instead of having another child, I decided to sponsor one! Our first sponsorship is of an 11-year-old girl in Honduras named Giselle. We look forward to helping her on a monthly basis as well as exchanging letters, photos, and gifts. Our 7-year-old son will also have a pen pal, which I think will be good for him.

Shannon: I love being a part of someone's life even though they are thousands of miles away. And the letters from the kids! So much fun!!

Joy: God blessed me with two wonderful grandchildren. When the first one was born, I was watching TV and saw a commercial for Children Int'l. I could not bear knowing that children were hungry when my grandchild was so safe, warm and happy. So, I signed up. When the second grandchild was born, I sponsored a second child. I will continue this as long as I live.

Shawn: I just love sponsoring 3 boys and 1 girl!! These 4 lives are such a joy in my life! I love them so much! I think sponsorship is the greatest thing in the world. It's very worthwhile and rewarding!!!!

Steve: I recently visited my Gissela from Ecuador. She is one of my 14 sponsored children. When we went to her home, Pedro from CI pointed out that 90% of the furniture and appliances in her home were purchased by me as special gifts over the past 8 years. Clearly sponsorship has made a difference in her standard of living.

Rafael: I decided to become a sponsor because I know how difficult it is living in poverty. I grew up in a family of eight (7 kids and my father). They were hard times, and even though my father had the courage and desire to help us get ahead, some assistance would have been good. That is why now that I have the opportunity, I want to help these children so they can keep moving forward. I currently sponsor a 2 year old girl in the Dominican Republic, but I hope to sponsor more soon.

Lisa: We love getting the handwritten letters in beautiful, unfamiliar script. Glimpses into the daily lives of our children and hearing about their activities and interests are always a thrill. We also really appreciate the reports from CI that detail the nitty-gritty details of income and living arrangements for our children.

Fred: We prefer Children International to the other groups that also do nice things, but they don’t allow the individual contact that we have here. It’s very important because it gives us a chance to actually see what their situation is and ask a lot of questions.

Lisa: We did lots of research about various charities and settled on Children International because of their model for local delivery of services that involved local mothers, their low admin costs, and the opportunity that one-to-one sponsorship gave us to make direct connections between our family and specific children.

Pam: I've been blown away! The photos of Melanie on the website, her family report, the chance to build a real relationship with my sponsored child and her family, the chance to was so much more than I expected. I feel like I'm part of a wonderful international family now...I'm honored to be a part of it! This was one of the best decisions ever!"

Pamela: I started working one year ago, and one of the things I determined to do as soon as I started earning my own money was to help some project. And what better to do than sponsor a child through Children International?

Renee: I sponsor two children - a three-year old girl, Melanie, who lives in Ecuador with her parents, and an eight-year boy, John Javes, who lives in the Philippines with his little sister and relatives. I love these children and hope to make a difference in their lives through my sponsorships.

Roger: One of the things that impresses me about CI is that the staff consistently holds up realistic but high goals for these kids; on both of my visits to Santo Domingo I asked the kids the "what do you want to be when you grow up?" question, and the responses were always things like teacher, lawyer, engineer, flight attendant, doctor. I can't wait to get back there for another visit.

Pam: This was one of the best decisions ever!!! In fact, I just can't get over much work must go into an organization like this. What a labor of love. I am honored to be a part of it.

What do you love about being a sponsor? Share your thoughts!