Stories written by Shelley Callahan

Help Save Children in Chile

Facts about child poverty in Chile and how Children Incorporated is helping

Truly a nation of contrasts, Chile spans over 2,000 miles of South America’s western coastline, with deserts in the north, rainforests in the south and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes Mountains ranging throughout. Although a politically progressive country when it comes to human rights, millions of Chileans live in abject poverty. There is a striking disparity between the rich and the poor here, which stems in part from the education system. A good education […]

Teaching Agricultural Skills to a New Generation

The new addition to the Montero School is providing children with higher education

Our visit to the Montero School came to an end by late morning, around 11 a.m., when our sponsored children slowly started to trickle out of the school’s compound, heading home to enjoy the rest of their Saturday with their families. After a quick lunch of traditional Bolivian foods, including the amazing Pique a lo Macho, our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and I made our way to the driveway where a pick-up truck […]

Revisiting Classrooms in Bolivia

Our Director of Development returns to the Montero School for a long awaited visit

When our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and I discussed traveling to Bolivia in March of 2023, he was most excited about getting to visit the Montero School outside of Santa Cruz. Not only had Children Incorporated donors funded the construction of seven classrooms at the school seven years ago, for which Luis and I were invited to attend the community inaugural event, but more recently, we have supported the school’s efforts to build […]

Long-Term Housing Solutions in Bolivia

Upon returning to Bolivia after 7 years, homes for our sponsored children are providing stability

One of my very first site visits with Children Incorporated was something I will never forget. After a brief few days in La Paz, Bolivia, our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and I flew to Santa Cruz, in anticipation of meeting with our volunteer coordinator at Villa Emilia, Sister Pilar. When I initially met her back in 2016, Sister Pilar really stood out to me. A small, gregarious women who has dedicated her life […]

Hoping for a Return to Normalcy

Our long-time affiliate, the Red Rock Day School, has had its fair share of struggles

Navajo Nation was hit especially hard by the pandemic, and our affiliated schools in Arizona have still been slow in getting students to return to in-class learning, without other problems that arise throughout the school year. Today we hear from our Director of U.S. Programs, Renée Kube, as she visits Red Rock Day School, where she hears from our volunteer coordinator about some of the other problems the school has faced while recovering from COVID-19. […]

Bridging the Gap Between Home and School

At the Dennehotso Boarding School, parental participation is a major focus

Our volunteer coordinators are the backbone of our organization, and we couldn’t do our work without them. Today we hear from our Director of U.S. Programs, Renée Kube, as she visits with Lucy at Dennehotso Boarding School in Arizona, who works hard to ensure children in our program are getting everything they need all year long. Meeting with Lucy “Dennehotso is a small community about 27 miles northeast of Kayenta, Arizona. It is close to […]