Family Gift


To your sponsored child, you are like family. Your donation to the Family Gift fund not only helps your child, but also provides relief to every family in our program.



What it takes to feed a family

The pandemic continues to deeply affect families in every country where Children International works. Sponsored families tell us their greatest needs right now are food and household supplies. Here's what staple items typically cost in the countries where our children live.

Ameans so much to struggling families

Food security

Having enough to eat is still one of our families' greatest needs.

Better hygiene

Soap and cleaning supplies are critical, especially now.

Safe housing

Paying rent or fixing a leaking roof can greatly improve a family's quality of life.

Restful sleep

New bedding and pillows ensure a better night's sleep.

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Note: Your gift will be delivered in the form of a gift card
or voucher so that the family can use it for their specific needs. 

Weathering the storm

Two families share how they've made it through a difficult year.


Last year was particularly difficult for Asifa because she lost her mother. Her mom suffered from a previously diagnosed illness, but because the hospitals were overcrowded with COVID-19 patients, she received inadequate care and passed away. As Asifa grieves, she must juggle managing the household as her mother once did while taking online college courses. Her father, a cab driver in Kolkata, found little work during the shutdown but began driving again when restrictions were lifted.

“Within the span of seven months, I became an adult,” she says. Now 20 and graduated from the program, she hopes to refocus on her education, even as India faces a second wave of COVID-19 infections and lockdowns. Asifa remains heartened that her neighbors have come together during these difficult times. “The entire community stood together, fought together and learned together,” she says. “We realized we can fight the odds better when together as one.”


Jessica’s pandemic experience became even more traumatic when the 18-year-old was briefly kidnapped by a man offering her work. She managed to escape her captor and seek help, suffering no physical harm. Children International provided psychological resources to help her heal emotionally from the incident.

Her family earns very little money, so food has continued to be their greatest need. “Sometimes we have had enough to eat, sometimes not,” says Jessica’s mother. “There have been times when we haven’t had food for up to three days.” Jessica greatly appreciates the food assistance the family has received from the program, and she has also benefitted from additional support from her sponsor.


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About Children International

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Children International is a toprated humanitarian organization focused on helping children break the cycle of poverty.

Our data-driven approach measures the outcomes of our programs aimed at helping kids graduate healthy, educated, empowered and employed.

  • More than 35 years of child sponsorship programs
  • Serving 200,000 children in 10 countries
  • 67 community centers across the world
  • 9,000 local volunteers help children

Give with confidence

84% of CI donations go directly to the field

We take our responsibility as stewards of your contributions seriously.

In FY 2020, 85% of our total operating expenses supported programs for children and youth.

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