Creative Solutions to Food Insecurity in the Navajo Nation

At first glance, it would seem like the Navajo community in the Arizona high desert has little in common with the inner city neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. Both areas though, are food deserts, where residents can’t buy produce or other healthy foods because there aren’t any to be found. In Washington, D.C. and other major U.S. cities, food deserts are located in low-income areas. There are no grocery stores there – just corner markets where residents […]

The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

We are delighted to announce a new partnership that will help even more children rise above poverty. The International Student Exchange (ISE) has chosen Children Incorporated to be one of two partners selected for its new “Giving Back” initiative, which includes a six-figure contribution to support our domestic programs. It’s a good match. After all, we both bring strangers together to build bridges between social, economic, and geographic divides. Just imagine what we could do together. “I am […]

How a ’90s Best Seller is Helping Kids in Honduras Today

A Pilot Reflects on Nearly Twenty Years of Sponsorship

In 1997, Southwest Airlines distributed thousands of copies of Dr. Richard Carlson’s best seller Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff to its employees – including pilot Don Wyatt of Palm Coast, Florida. Inspired by the sentiment of the book, Wyatt wanted to give back. And since the late author was a strong supporter of Children Incorporated, Wyatt began to research the organization. “There are many fine agencies to choose from, but my personal favorite is Children […]

Volunteers Restore School Playground Destroyed by Arson

Someone set fire to the playground matting at G.H. Reid Elementary School last summer. The fire spread around the equipment, melting and disfiguring most of it, and leaving the 750 Richmond, Virginia public school children with few options for outdoor play. But when bad things happen, good people often start showing up to help. Hundreds of volunteers from various Richmond organizations, including Children Incorporated, stepped up to help out last November. Together, they rebuilt the playground in […]

“I Won’t let him down”

Counting on Friendship From Across The Miles

On our site visit to Guadalajara last fall we met young Renaldo*. The five-year-old is the youngest of three children in his family, and he attends the La Luz (in English, “The Light”) Children’s Home, a home for children who have one or both parents serving time in prison. When we met Renaldo, he was making a special picture for his sponsor, Stephen Suelzle, a printer who lives 2,469 miles away from him in Portland, […]

Fruits and Vegetables Blossom in the Middle of a Food Desert

It’s hard to imagine a lack of food in the nation’s capital – but there is one. A “food desert” is a place where fresh fruit and vegetables can’t be purchased, and Washington, D.C. is just such a place. Large parts of the city – specifically the poorer parts – don’t have grocery stores. Instead, they have corner markets where one can purchase snacks and some canned goods, but not nutritious whole foods. “If families […]