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 […]

A Fully-Baked Idea Brings Economic Stability to Brazilian Moms

When the mothers of the CARITAS-Novo Milenio Center presented the community’s children with their signature jumbo-sized birthday cake, they had a lot to celebrate. This year marked the fifth anniversary of the Grupo Art’Mulher, a group of women who formed a community bakery which sells cookies, breads, handmade pasta – and, of course, cakes! Novo Milenio is a poor district outside of Lages, Brazil, a country that simultaneously contains some of the world’s richest culture […]

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

OUR Warm Clothing Fund Spreads warmth to children as temperatures drop For most children, winter is a time of joy as they wait hopefully for snowfall and deep freezes. For those without warm clothes, however, winter is a season of cold and hardship. That’s a problem volunteers and donors at Children Incorporated have been working to fix for almost 25 years. Children Incorporated’s Warm Clothing Fund raised $30,000 this year to provide coats, gloves, boots, […]

Letters from Abel

A Veterinarian Shares Her Sponsor Story

Let’s get right to it: We would be nowhere without your support.  Sponsors make it possible for Children Incorporated to help hundreds of thousands of children around the globe rise above poverty. Kids like Abel, the tenth grader Shelley and Luis visited last June in Ethiopia, depend on sponsors for supplies and flourish because they know someone out there cares about them. Abel is in the top five of his class! We contacted Abel’s longtime […]