Children Incorporated today announced the launch of its inaugural blogging series: On the Road. Starting this week, the international child sponsorship organization will take readers on a real-­time, virtual journey to actual site visits as far as Bolivia and close to home as Kentucky.

“We rely on the support of donors and sponsors to provide the basic essentials to children in need around the globe,” said Children Incorporated president and CEO Ron Carter. “We want people to see the true impact of their support on the ground.”

The On the Road series will continue through April and into early May. CI staff will be traveling through Bolivia from March 30­-April 8 and Kentucky from April 11­-15. A summary of the project will be presented at an open house at the organization’s new headquarters in Richmond, Virginia on April 28.

Luis Bordet and Shelley Callahan

 

In Bolivia, Children Incorporated’s Director of Development Shelley Callahan and Director of International Programs Luis Bourdet will live-blog their way from La Paz to Montero, introducing the world to the children they serve and the extensive network of in-­country volunteers who administer the program.

“We have an extensive volunteer network of trusted educators and child care professionals who are native to the communities they serve. They know the children well and see them often. It is because of these personal relationships that we are able to serve the specific needs of each individual child.”

– Ron Carter, CEO, Children Incorporated

The duo is also expected to chime in regularly on social platforms with insights and images from the experience, including a live­-streaming broadcast or two.

The Itinerary

Upon their arrival in Montero, they will help inaugurate a school expansion funded by Children Incorporated donors and overseen by architect Roberto Andrade, who was once a Children Incorporated sponsor child himself.

Immediately after their return from Bolivia, Callahan will hit the road again, this time driving to Kentucky to work with families financially devastated by the coal mining industry’s decline.

The Kentucky blog series will follow Callahan and project specialist for US programs Shelley Oxenham, as well as the family resource coordinators who serve as Children Incorporated volunteers at the schools. Stops are planned in Whitley, Breathitt County, Wolfe County and Jackson.

Children Incorporated relies on donors and sponsors to provide opportunities to children around the world. For $30 a month, a sponsor can provide food, clothing, healthcare and education to a child in need.

“The day-­to-­day life in these towns is always a story of triumph over adversity,” said Carter. “We hope the series shines a spotlight on the challenges of childhood poverty and how we can build a better future for children here and abroad.”

Visit www.childrenincorporated.org/ontheroad to follow the journey. Follow Children Incorporated on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for additional updates from the On the Road tour.


About Children Incorporated:

Based in Richmond, Va., Children Incorporated is an independent 501(c)3 charity with no political or religious affiliation. Since 1964, Children Incorporated has partnered with nongovernment agencies and local volunteer groups to help fight childhood poverty. Children Incorporated currently sponsors more than 300 projects in 23 countries, serving more than 20,000 children each year. To date, more than 250,000 children have been helped by Children Incorporated.

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written by Shelley Callahan

Shelley is the Director of Development for Children Incorporated. She is also the lead social correspondent, regularly contributing insights and observations on site conditions and sponsorship impact around the world. Sign up for her On the Road updates and follow the conversation at #CIOntheRoad.

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