The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is disproportionately harder on the poor and more vulnerable segments of society. The World Bank estimates that the pandemic will push an additional 88 million to 115 million people into extreme poverty this year, and the majority will be in countries already struggling with high poverty rates — countries where Children International works now.* When you become a sponsor, you help provide:
Learn how your support drives our programming under normal circumstances. Over the past 80 years, we’ve fine-tuned a high-impact, evidence-based approach that empowers children and youth to break free from poverty for good.
While all of our children urgently need the support of sponsorship, those with a "most needy" red flag are facing the least stable living circumstances. The criteria to determine the ‘most needy’ flag are related to basic necessities, and include availability of electricity, clean water, sanitary conditions, sleeping accommodations and presence of parents.
Children in poverty need your help right now
Doctors are using telehealth to educate sponsored children and families on the coronavirus and equip them with resources to stay healthy through handwashing and other hygiene practices.
Through the Emergency Community Fund, we provide immediate and direct food assistance to children and families in our communities who have lost income due to the crisis.
Some of our programs are being delivered in new, innovative ways — such as job training webinars through Facebook live, and virtual tutoring in math and reading via WhatsApp.
Through our resilience program, we provide children with tools to thrive despite the difficulties they’re up against. They learn calming techniques and creative ways to express themselves.
Your support is especially critical during this time, as families around the world are having their lives upended by the lasting effects of the coronavirus. However, your sponsorship experience will begin a little differently than it normally would.