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A Part of a Global Village

An interview with Reverend Eardley L. Mendis

I first met Reverend Eardley L. Mendis in the winter of 2019 in Chicago, Illinois at a  Children Incorporated meet-and-greet hosted by our CEO and President, Ron Carter, and myself. A long-time donor, Rev. Mendis arrived at the gathering — despite the freezing temperatures and snow-covered streets — holding a small photo album containing pictures of the Senehasa Children’s Home in Sri Lanka that he ran along with his wife in the 1970s and 80s. […]

Excelling in San Pedro Sula

At the Maria Reyna Home, children from impoverished backgrounds are excellent students

Honduras’s industrial center and second-largest city, San Pedro Sula, has a reputation for being dangerous. Deemed the “murder capital of the world” for almost a decade until 2016, crime and economic distress have led to the mass migration of Honduran minors seeking safety from gangs and drug-related violence. But for those children who have no choice but to stay behind and face danger and violence, places such as our affiliated project the Maria Reyna Home […]

Attending, Learning and Graduating

Our volunteer coordinator at Boyd County High School works hard to make sure her students succeed

Students in attendance at Boyd County High School in the small rural town of Cannonsburg, Kentucky are fortunate to have their resource center volunteer, Vickie, in their lives. Thanks in large part to Vickie’s efforts, the school has a high success rate — much higher than many other schools in Eastern Kentucky. As of last year, 93% of students at the school graduate within four years, and 65% enroll in some type of higher education. […]

Pride in Her Students

Our Coordinator at Catlettsburg Elementary and Ponderosa Elementary Schools in Kentucky praises her students for giving back

For years, Catlettsburg, where our affiliated projects Catlettsburg Elementary and Ponderosa Elementary Schools are located, was known as “The Gate City” because it was here that barges were loaded with coal to be shipped down the Ohio River to other ports. Although the children may come from strikingly different economic backgrounds, that doesn’t change how they interact with one other. The decline of the coal industry in Kentucky and West Virginia has severely diminished the […]

Escaping a Poor Education

In El Salvador, the Marillac School provides a quality academic experience for children

In the town of Santa Tecla, located six miles west of El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador, our affiliated project, the Marillac School is providing children with the opportunity to receive an education — and a quality one at that. Communities and schools around the world face barriers in providing children with a quality education. Founded in 1940 by the Sisters of the Order of St. Vincent de Paul, the school serves as not only an […]

Welfare in the Wake of Disaster

The El Refugio Welfare Center in Honduras was built in response to damage from a hurricane

Built in response to the devastation of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras more than twenty years ago, our affiliated project El Refugio Welfare Center continues to support children in the rural town of El Progreso to this day. Yet despite the difficulties, local children who attend the El Refugio Welfare Center can rely on support from administrators — as well as their Children Incorporated sponsors — for a consistent supply of food, clothing and educational materials. […]