Throughout the year, our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, communicates with our affiliated projects in 20 countries around the world about the needs of children, their families, and the communities in which they live. In working closely with roughly 150 individual volunteer coordinators, Luis is continuously updated about the thousands of children we support through our sponsorship program – and how our projects could use additional support.

We want to highlight some of the needs of these projects, which we consider opportunities for our donors and sponsors to contribute beyond our sponsorship program.

We want to highlight some of the needs of these projects, which we consider opportunities for our donors and sponsors to contribute beyond our sponsorship program.

Special funds to help children in need 

–    Children Incorporated supports six feeding programs around the world which provide students with adequate meals throughout the day. We are looking for support to sustain these programs which will provide for hundreds of children in 2020.

–    We provide mosquito nets to children and their families in India, Kenya, and Sri Lanka which protect from mosquito-borne illnesses. For just $10, you can purchase a mosquito net that can keep a child healthy so they can attend school.

–    Shoes and socks are such a significant need for children living in poverty. Our Shoes and Socks Fund provides hundreds of shoes to children in our programs all over the world so they can attend school appropriately dressed.

We provide children with mosquito nets to protect them against mosquito-borne illnesses.

–    Offering children after-school tutoring is often essential to their success in school. We support tutoring programs at selected sites so they can receive the help they need to perform well academically.

–    Our skills training programs give children a chance to learn skills for their future, which can help them obtain jobs upon graduation. Our Skills Training Programs Fund provides support in the areas of computer science, cooking, sewing, and cosmetology.

–    Our Higher Education Fund helps children attend college and universities once they have graduated from our sponsorship program. Many of our Higher Education Fund beneficiaries have returned to their communities as teachers, nurses, social workers, accountants, architects, counselors, and speech therapists.

Opportunities to support children in various countries

India: In 2020, we would like to install water purification systems at our affiliated projects in Dornakal and Guntur, fund improvements and renovations at the new Kothagudem Home, and make improvements to the facilities and dormitories at the Lou Ann Long Girls’ Hostel.

Chile: In Chile, we would like to support the funding of a roof cover at Maipu School in Santiago to protect children from harsh weather.

Guatemala: In Guatemala, we would like to provide funding for a feeding program at our affiliated project, Santa Isabel Ana Seton,

El Salvador: In 2020, we would like to establish a skills training program at Maria Reyna Home in El Salvador and implement a skills training program in computer repair at Marillac School.

Philippines: In the Philippines, we would like to continue to support nutritional programs at the Fortune’s Children at Parang and the Pinagpala Children’s Center.

Skills training programs, like this one in Bolivia, help children to be prepared for future jobs after graduation.

Ethiopia: In Ethiopia, we would like to support our nutritional program at our affiliated project, Kids Hope Ethiopia.

Kenya: In Kenya, we would like to continue to support nutritional programs at our affiliated projects, St. John’s Community Center and the Dandora Community Center, continue to provide mosquito nets to our affiliated projects, and provide shoes to sponsored children.

Bolivia: In Bolivia, we would like to establish skills training programs at Santa Rosa School, fund the repair of the school La Inmaculada, and fund skills training programs at Cristo Rey Mission and the Padilla School.

Honduras: In Honduras, we would like to provide support for our Higher Education Fund for students at the Maria Reyna Home.

Lebanon: In Lebanon, we would like to provide shoes for children at our three affiliated projects.


How can I support Children Incorporated’s special projects? 

You can support our special projects in one of three ways: call our office at 1-800-538-5381 and speak with one of our staff members; email us at; or go online to our donation portal, create an account, and donate to the particular special fund you are interested in supporting.

Education, Stories of Hope

written by Shelley Callahan

Shelley is the Director of Development for Children Incorporated. She is also the lead social correspondent, regularly contributing insights through the Stories of Hope blog series. Sign up for Stories of Hope to receive weekly email updates about how your donations are changing the lives of children in need.

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