About us


Bringing people together to end poverty for good.

We give children in poverty the tools they need to create brighter futures for themselves and their communities. With the support of our donors and sponsors, children and youth gain the skills and confidence they need to create promising futures free from poverty.

What makes Children International different?

We’re a top-rated humanitarian organization focused on ending generational poverty through a proven approach. Children International is both a secular and a non-political organization – our supporters, volunteers, staff, children and families span all beliefs and backgrounds. For nearly 90 years, we’ve developed a high-impact methodology that empowers children and youth to break free from poverty. With your support, children receive access to health care, educational resources and life-changing programs in safe, clean spaces.

Safe havens for support

Children in poverty often lack access to spaces like playgrounds or recreation centers. They’re also more likely to be exposed to the dangers of violence, gangs and drugs at an early age. Your support allows them to take refuge in one of our 67+ community centers: safe, clean and uplifting spaces where children can learn and grow away from outside stressors.

Good that grows

When you sponsor a child, you change their future, helping them see beyond the daily struggles of poverty. Your support gives children the chance to create a better future not just for themselves, but for their families and communities too. Sponsorship starts a powerful multiplier effect that improves lives, communities and economies around the world.

Customized programs

Your sponsorship encompasses health, social and educational programs and resources, designed to address the specific issues each child faces in their community. This proven, long-term approach helps children and youth tackle challenges that might otherwise hold them back for a lifetime—empowering them to become healthy, educated and productive young adults.

1 million+ children helped

80+ years of service

67 community centers

10 countries
In FY 2022, 81% of our total operating expenses supported programs for children and youth in 10 countries around the world


Will you change a child’s life today?

When you sponsor a child, your monthly gift of $39 provides access to life-changing benefits, including medical and dental care, educational support, life-skills training and job-placement assistance after graduation from our program. As a sponsor, you'll see your impact firsthand through letters and photos from your child.


Community centers: A long-term investment in vulnerable areas

Our community centers show residents that we are there to help — and to stay. And, while sponsorship contributions provide children with access to dynamic services and programs available at our centers, we cover the costs of community center construction and operational support through separate fundraising campaigns.


Contact us

We love hearing from you, and there are lots of ways you can get in touch. If you have questions, please reach out to our Care Team.

Toll-free in the U.S.: 800-888-3089
In Kansas City or outside the U.S.: 816-942-2000
Email: children@children.org
Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (CT)

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