Meet a child’s critical needs

Disaster relief donations for children in need

It was really gone. Our house was gone."

Watch this video and hear Viel and his mother, Annie, recount the day they lost their home to a devastating fire in the Philippines. Your donation supports children like Viel when they need additional help.

What is the Critical Needs Fund?

Children International’s Critical Needs Fund supports children and families in times of crisis:

Replacing items or housing
lost to fire or flood

Burial expenses when
a family member dies

Food and living expenses when
a breadwinner is disabled

Help a child in poverty get the critical support they need during difficult times, so they can get back to building a brighter future.


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
  • Thousands of local volunteers helping children

Give with confidence

81% of CI donations go directly to the field

We take our responsibility as stewards of your contributions seriously.

In FY 2023, 82% of our total operating expenses supported programs for children and youth.

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