Two Coordinators, One Resource Center

At Fairview Independent Schools in Eastern Kentucky, two coordinators share a large workload

Fairview Independent School comprises two campuses, Fairview Elementary and Fairview High Schools, located just a few blocks apart from each other in the small community of Westwood, Kentucky. Like many communities in Eastern Kentucky, Westwood has suffered significantly from the decline of the coal and steel mining industries that used to dominate this area At one point, Armco Steel employed the majority of the Westwood workforce and made it a prosperous town Today, only 1300 […]

The Value of Respect and Encouragement

There are many reasons that children—no matter their background—deserve respect and encouragement as they grow. But when it comes to kids from impoverished households or children who are orphaned, it is especially important to show them respect and encouragement. For these children—like the ones who live at the So Jun Children’s Home in South Korea—having adults motivate them and treat them with dignity helps their self-esteem and provides them the drive they need to achieve […]

The High Cost of City Living

Big city locations mean higher costs of care for children’s homes in South Korea

No matter where you are in the world, it tends to be more expensive to live in big cities. Rent and housing costs in major cities are often higher than in rural areas. Products purchased in stores can be more costly as well in urban settings — including basic needs like food and clothing. “Of all the homes I have visited in South Korea, the Shin Mang Ae Children’s Home receives the largest allocation per […]

How Poverty Impacts Academic Achievement

At Beaver Creek Elementary School, students’ test scores lag behind state averages

In our work at Children Incorporated, we often talk about the importance of getting an education. For children in our program, we believe education is the key to finding jobs upon graduation that will enable them to work toward breaking the cycle of poverty from which they come. Unfortunately, statistics show that children growing up in impoverished households often perform less well academically than their peers. The challenges of living below the poverty line As […]

A Decline in Enrollment

Emmalena Elementary School has felt the effects of job loss due to mine closures

Emmalena Elementary School is located on State Highway 550 in the western part of Knott County, Kentucky just west of the community of Clear Creek. “The community of Clear Creek was the site of a 1970s women’s occupation and protest against strip and surface mining, especially the practice that allowed coal operators to tear up private land to reach underground minerals,” explains Renée Kube, Children Incorporated’s Director of U.S. Programs. “Some small, independent operators had […]

Conserving Energy in South Korea

At two projects in Busan, energy-saving efforts mean more funds to support children in need

It is more often than not that our affiliated projects, especially outside of the United States, are not housed in modern, state-of-the-art structures. We at Children Incorporated many times see dormitories that are run down, kitchens that are outdated and schools that are in need of fresh paint. This is not the case at the Dong San Children’s Home and the Jin Woo Children’s Home in and near Busan, South Korea, however. When funds are […]