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The Complete Guide to Sponsoring a Child

Everything you need to know about becoming a sponsor

Child sponsorship is one of the most effective ways to help a child living in poverty and it also has many rewards for the sponsor. We want to offer a comprehensive guide on why sponsoring a child has such a lasting effect on impoverished children and how you can get involved in changing a child’s life. What is child sponsorship? Child sponsorship involves pairing a supporting donor with a child in need. The donor (who […]

Connecting Communities Through School

At Hart Middle School, a unique program pushes to bring children and adults together to support education

Hart Middle School in Washington, D.C. is located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8. The school serves 357 students in grades sixth through eighth. Its student demographics are 98% black, 1% Hispanic/Latino, and 1% other. Seventy-four percent of the children come from within the district boundary. Twenty-one percent receive special education services — and 100% of students are considered economically disadvantaged. “Our Volunteer Coordinator at Hart Middle is named Ashley. She has been […]

A New Lease on Life in Colombia

Two of our sponsored children moved out of a dangerous living situation thanks to our volunteer coordinator

Last year, Children Incorporated Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and Director of Development, Shelley Callahan, visited our affiliated project, the Centro de Orientacion, in Manizales, Colombia. During their trip, they met with a family of two of our sponsored children who were living in a difficult and dangerous situation — and one from which they desperately wanted to escape. “The home was in terrible condition. The children showed us a hole in the floor […]

Overcoming Personal Challenges in D.C.

School administrators at Cardozo Education Campus help students who come from difficult backgrounds

Washington D.C. boasts some of the highest rents in the country and is home to many wealthy Americans. Yet, for many families, food security and affordable housing are constant issues. In areas where our affiliated project is located, there are often more convenience stores than grocery stores with healthy food items. In terms of housing, rent in D.C. tends to be higher than the national average. A family is considered rent overburdened when they pay […]

Taking Care of Families in Honduras

Our COVID-19 Response Fund is providing crucial relief to our sponsored children

In Honduras, where lack of adequate funding has led to inadequacies within the healthcare system, COVID-19 is a massive threat. For those Hondurans living in poverty, who rely on earning money daily to provide for their families, they often can’t stay home to protect themselves. Thankfully, our COVID-19 Response Fund and our incredible sponsors offer support to sponsored children, which relieves their parents from some of the enormous burdens they feel as they struggle to […]

Leaving a Legacy Behind

What one person can do in their lifetime — and beyond

Our sponsors are incredibly important to us, and we consider each and every one of them to be a part of the Children Incorporated family. We cherish what these caring individuals are able to do for their sponsored children not only during their lifetimes, but after as well. Today we share stories of two of our very special sponsors who passed away this year and were able to continue to help children in need through […]