2019 New Year’s Message from President & CEO Susana Eshleman

Share with us! What are you excited about in 2019?

Maybe you have a sponsored youth heading off to college or vocational training? Perhaps you’re planning to visit your sponsored child? Please tell us in the comments!

Comments

Susan_1ce28
Jan 10, 2019

I am disappointed with this organization and am considering removing my support. I have two children I have always supported and am happy with that. I also received from you a picture of a third child as if I had agreed to take on another. This was disappointing to me that this organization attempted to manipulate me with these tactics. Please back off with the continued solicitations to expand my support of this organization immediately. Two and only two children fit into my budget.

Bob_c2956
Jan 10, 2019

As a rebuttal to the comment above, I would like to say that my sponsorship experience with Children International is one of the most rewarding and gratifying things I have ever done. Although I occasionally receive mail encouraging me to consider sponsoring another child, I have never felt manipulated or pressured to do so. I also sponsor a couple children through another organization, and I get considerably more "invitations" from them than I do from CI. I understand that CI may automatically send a new child information packet when a sponsored child leaves the program, but the sponsor is under no obligation to sponsor that or any other child, and a simple phone call or online chat is all it takes to cancel the sponsorship with no negative impact on the child.
The programs and services offered to CI's sponsored and enrolled children go far beyond those of many other organizations to foster positive health, welfare, education, and life skills. I am amazed at all the things CI, it's agency directors, field officers, coaches, and volunteers are able to accomplish to give children around the world a better, healthier, safer life. I know I speak for thousands of other CI sponsors who have wonderfully positive experiences every day as they develop long-lasting relationships with their sponsored children, and if something like the above is the worst thing that happens to me today, it is still a far better day than what millions of children around the world will endure. Thanks for all you do, CI, and for the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life today.

debbies
Jan 10, 2019

@Susan_1ce28: I've asked a member our staff to reach out to you, and we've also made a note not to send you mailings about sponsoring additional children. Thank you for your feedback, we truly appreciate you!

Steven_8a913
Jan 10, 2019

To Susan Eshleman - thank you for your incredible leadership and passionate support of children all over the world. I feel blessed to be able to play a small part in helping your organization better the lives of so many kids. What you do makes a huge difference in peoples lives. You are appreciated!

mollymc
Jan 10, 2019

So happy to hear of another community center opening. I had the good fortune to visit my sponsored child in Lusaka Zambia. I was overwhelmed with the center and services made available to the community. I can see that my american dollars go so much farther with Children's International. I love supporting you guys and look forward to making more money so I can sponsor another child!

bagelguy
Jan 10, 2019

My issue may not seem important but it is to me. We have been sponsors for quite a long time. Over that period you get very involved in your children's lives. Over the years we've lost a child because her parents no longer wanted to participate and a second child who was approaching aging out and CI was moving out of the geographic area. I've requested, on a couple of occasions, an update but they were not available. Isn't there some way to maintain some type of communication rather then just having someone you've been supporting for a long time just drop off the face of the earth. I'm much more interested in maintaining contact rather then take on another unsolicited child from an unrequested picture.

riverfred
Jan 11, 2019

I am very impressed with the organization of CI, it is a very well run company. As a sponsor I feel I am getting a lot of bang for the buck, I especially enjoy reading from the child I sponsor and the pictures I receive that include pictures of the child and the goods they purchased with my additional contributions. Keep up the swell work and making a difference in this world for the less fortunate.

debbies
Jan 14, 2019

@bagelguy: I understand your wish to remain in contact with your former sponsored kids. I also understand how tough it is when it's simply not possible, as with your former kids in Chile. My first sponsored child moved out of the country he lived in and, after 13 years of being his sponsor, it was tough not to know where he was or what happened to him. I've check occasionally to see if he has a social media presence, but no luck so far. Maybe you could try that with your Chile children? My hope is that your current sponsored child stays in the program until graduation and then you can share your contact info with her in your final letter.

Frank_7962e
Jan 20, 2019

I concur with the lady's comments about trying to push another child onto people. That is what happened to us but we went ahead and said yes. It is hard to say not to these needy children but if your budget won't allow you it you have to say no even tho it is tough. So, don' push another child onto already those who are sponsoring unless they ask for another. Will we be getting a statement of the money we have sent to C.I. for last year?

rebekahde
Jan 22, 2019

@Frank_7962e - Thanks for sharing your comments. I have noted your account so that you don't receive any information on our waiting child list going forward. Please be assured that tax receipts are currently available through your online account. You will also receive a copy by mail within the next few weeks. Hope this helps!

larrydixon
Apr 20, 2019

CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

larrydixon
Apr 20, 2019

CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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