Helping Kayla to See

A special student in Kentucky was desperately in need of glasses

When I met Kayla* while traveling last year with Children Incorporated’s U.S. Projects Specialist, Shelley Oxenham, it was the beginning of a new school year for her. Almost right away, I noticed that she had an issue with her eyes: one of them was slightly crossed, its pupil leaning in towards her nose. When I asked our Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon, at May Valley Elementary School where Kayla attends, in Floyd County, Kentucky, if Kayla had […]

Moved Beyond Measure

CEO Ron Carter gives thanks to International Student Exchange

When International Student Exchange (ISE) contacted me in the fall of 2016 and said that they had chosen Children Incorporated to be their domestic philanthropic partner for the coming year, I was pleasantly surprised. ISE is a high school exchange program that brings together people from around the world, fostering cross-cultural learning. Under the leadership of their Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Brewer, they have been positively impacting the lives of children worldwide for in excess […]

Together, We’re Feeding the Hungry

Since last year, Kenya has been suffering from a disastrous drought, which has killed much livestock and caused widespread crop failure, creating food shortages throughout the country. As a result, the cost of grain has increased tremendously. 2.7 million people have been affected, including our sponsored children at the Materi Girls’ School. Thanks to our Hope In Action Fund and our wonderful donors, however, we were able to send funds to the school for the […]

Our Back to School Fund in Action

When a young boy needed shoes, we were able to help

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for many children who attend our affiliated schools in Eastern Kentucky to not have proper clothes and shoes, let alone school supplies, throughout the school year. In a part of the U.S. where poverty is rampant, oftentimes, parents don’t have enough money to pay the bills or to buy their children new, necessary items when needed. Thankfully, children living in Kentucky have the Children Incorporated program and our volunteer coordinators, […]

A Special Gift for the Holidays

An interview with sponsor Bill Hafker

When we think about Christmas, we often think about giving the perfect gifts to family and friends. Gift giving comes in all forms – whether it is buying a loved one a sweater, writing a poem for them, or making them dinner – it is a meaningful way to show others that you care. For sponsors Bill and Ilene Hafker, their idea of gift giving is to help children in need, involving their friends in […]

Getting Clean Water Flowing

Sawyer water filters help keep children in India healthy

A few months ago, we reported on our partnership with the international nonprofit organization Wine To Water, which works to bring clean water solutions to some of the most remote parts of the world. Before Luis Bourdet, our Director of International Programs, and I left for our trip to India in August, I visited the Wine To Water headquarters in Boone, North Carolina, and took a training course on how to use Sawyer water filters, […]