Hearing From Our Sponsored Children Abroad

Testimonials from sponsored children in our International Division

Our sponsors and donors often hear from our staff and coordinators about the work we are doing around the world through our On the Road Series. But not as frequently do you hear from our sponsored children directly — especially those that live outside of the United States. We want to share special stories with our supporters from the children in our sponsorship program around the world — and how their sponsors are making a huge […]

A Fortunate Place for Kids

Fortune’s Children at Parang in the Philippines is bustling with programs that support children and their families

The city of Marikina, considered part of metropolitan Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is home to the Fortune neighborhood. Within this community, most residents rent modest homes, which are typically little more than shacks constructed from scrap wood and sheets of corrugated metal. They usually have no indoor plumbing — or even beds — and are shared by eight to twelve family members. Tragically, hunger, malnutrition, health issues, and a lack of sufficient clothing […]

Expanding Opportunities in the Philippines

The construction of a second floor of the Pinagpala Children’s Center has helped an entire community

The city of Tagaytay, where the Pinagpala Children’s Center is located, is on the island of Luzon, where many Filipino families suffer from extreme poverty. To help support the community, in 2000, members of a local church there established the Pinagpala — meaning “Blessed” — Children’s Center to provide educational assistance to local needy children and their families. The Pinagpala Children’s Center recognizes that providing for the educational needs of impoverished children is an important […]

Hope After Haiyan

Our Hope In Action Fund helped families in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon

The Philippines comprise a vast island nation in Southeast Asia. This archipelago of more than 7,000 islands boasts sandy beaches, towering mountains and volcanoes, tropical rainforests, and an incredible wealth of natural resources and biodiversity. Humans have called these islands home for thousands of years, predating historic records. Today, the Philippines incorporate a staggering number of languages, ethnic groups, religions, and cultures. Despite its status as an emerging market, however, nearly half of all Filipinos still […]

A Passionate Humanitarian

Our founder, Mrs. Jeanne Clarke Wood, was intensely dedicated to her work

In 1964, Mrs. Jeanne Clarke Wood, our founder, visited Guatemala and discovered that in many poor communities, children had to work to help their impoverished families. “We found the need in Guatemala was even greater than we had thought,” Mrs. Wood wrote to a friend. “Children – even very small ones — roam the streets selling bits of candy or shoestrings, pencils or even lottery tickets, in a pitiful struggle to earn a living.” Upon […]

The Joy of Holiday Gifts

Christmas gifts from sponsors to kids in the Philippines bring happiness

Christmas is a special time of year for children all over the world. Children of all ages dream of what they might get under the tree on Christmas morning, hoping for a new toy or game to play. But for many of our sponsored and unsponsored kids, getting Christmas gifts is something that sometimes doesn’t happen. When families are living in poverty, they are often unable to save money throughout the year for Christmas gifts […]