No Running Water in Red Lake

In Tonalea, Arizona, families living in poverty go without a potable water source in their homes

Situated in northern Arizona, the remote community of Tonalea (a Navajo word meaning “Red Lake”) is surrounded by a stark and mysterious landscape, created by sandstone mesas that rise from the barren desert floor. It is here that a Navajo school called the Tonalea School functions within the boundaries of a Navajo Indian reservation — a reservation rich in culture but desperately poor. Today, there is virtually no employment in Tonalea. To develop economically, the […]

Home Away from Home

The library at Shonto Preparatory School serves as a meeting place for our sponsorship program

The remote community of Shonto is situated on the rim of its namesake canyon, some 150 miles north of Flagstaff, amid the incredible desert beauty of the Navajo Indian Reservation. Our affiliated project, the Shonto Preparatory School, began in the 1960s as a cluster of “hogans” – traditional Navajo dwellings made of logs and mud, constructed in an octagonal shape. The hogan has only one opening – a doorway – which traditionally faces east. “This […]

Attending the Freshman Academy

Incoming 9th graders at Greyhills Academy in Arizona receive special attention

Greyhills Academy High School, located in Tuba City, Arizona, has been affiliated with Children Incorporated since 2006. This unique school focuses on nurturing students who have the potential for higher levels of academic success but might struggle in other areas such as behavior or attendance — often due to the circumstances involving the impoverished households from which they come. Helping students on a path towards success To encourage students to want to do well in […]

Beds and Blankets for Sisters in Need

A thank you from Children Incorporated

During the difficult time of changes due to the COVID-19 virus, donations to our Beds and Linens Fund from our donors — just like you —were able to help two sisters in need before they weren’t able to return to school for some time. Our volunteer coordinator, Jackie, at one of our affiliated schools in Kentucky, became aware that these two young girls enrolled in our sponsorship program didn’t have beds at home. With funding […]

Faith and Joy for Students in Lima

Fe y Alegría schools in Peru serve thousands of children in impoverished neighborhoods

After spending two weeks visiting our affiliated projects in Colombia and Peru, our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and I were scheduled to visit with our last school before returning home — the Villa School outside of Lima, Peru. Located in the Villa El Salvador slum district in the outskirts of the capital, the Villa School is a “Fe y Alegría” school. Fe y Alegría schools are a federation of local organizations which offer […]

When Seasonal Work Isn’t Enough

When the tourist season is over in Arizona, parents are often out of work

The remote town of Dennehotso, where the Dennehotso Boarding School is located, is about 98 miles northeast of Tuba City, Arizona. A Children Incorporated affiliated project since 1984, the Dennehotso Boarding School is a community grant school that operates with a grant from the Bureau of Indian Education. By 2013, the school’s original structure was old and dilapidated beyond repair, and a new school was constructed on available grounds in front of the older buildings, […]