Right now, a desperate child is waiting. Waiting and hoping that you will step forward and say, “Yes, I care about you and will help you.”
You can end the waiting for a needy child by becoming a Children International sponsor today. Your monthly gift of only $22 will help provide one child with the essentials needed to overcome the burdens of poverty and fill a heart with hope.
Begin your Children International sponsorship today!
Just complete the attached form and return it with your first gift of $22. We’ll then send everything you need to get to know your new sponsored child, including a color photo and personal family history…plus facts about your child’s country and all the details about your sponsorship.
You can also call us at 1-800-888-3089, or visit us at www.children.org and choose your sponsored child from hundreds of online photos and profiles! You’ll also find more information about our sponsorship program, including stories and videos of children whose lives have been changed thanks to their sponsors.
What is sponsorship?
Sponsorship is a very personal way to improve a needy child’s life. It gives you a chance to share a unique relationship with one special child.
Through regular contributions you’ll help provide your child with basic necessities, such as medical and dental care, educational assistance, durable clothing and shoes, improved living conditions and much more.
Make a difference in your child’s life.
- Regular checkups and medication
- Access to dental care
- Malnutrition screening and treatment
- Emergency aid and crisis assistance
- Health and nutrition workshops
- Clothing, uniforms, shoes and backpacks
- School fees, textbooks, educational materials and supplies
- Tutoring and educational workshops
- School repairs, library improvements and reference materials
- Team building and peer-to-peer training
- Scholarships and vocational opportunities
- Motivational seminars
- Leadership opportunities and civic responsibility
Family and Community Assistance
- Bedding, dishes, eating utensils and cleaning supplies
- Home repairs and furnishings
- Clean water sources and latrines
- Emergency aid after natural disasters
- Community improvement projects
- Micro-enterprise loans
What Is Kiva?
Kiva's mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.
Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.
The people you see on Kiva's site are real individuals in need of funding - not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.
Kiva partners with existing expert microfinance institutions. In doing so, we gain access to outstanding entrepreneurs from impoverished communities world-wide. Our partners are experts in choosing qualified entrepreneurs. That said, they are usually short on funds. Through Kiva, our partners upload their entrepreneur profiles directly to the site so you can lend to them. When you do, not only do you get a unique experience connecting to a specific entrepreneur on the other side of the planet, but our microfinance partners can do more of what they do, more efficiently.
Kiva provides a data-rich, transparent lending platform. We are constantly working to make the system more transparent to show how money flows throughout the entire cycle, and what effect it has on the people and institutions lending it, borrowing it, and managing it along the way. To do this, we are using the power of the internet to facilitate one-to-one connections that were previously prohibitively expensive. Child sponsorship has always been a high overhead business. Kiva creates a similar interpersonal connection at much lower costs due to the instant, inexpensive nature of internet delivery. The individuals featured on our website are real people who need a loan and are waiting for socially-minded individuals like you to lend them money.
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I have been a member of Kiva since January 2008
WHAT IS LOCKS OF LOVE?
Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.
Our mission is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. The children receive hair prostheses free of charge or on a sliding scale, based on financial need.
Locks of Love is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit entity. Further, Locks of Love does not take positions or align itself with any special interests. Any event taking place as part of a religious, political or any other special interest group does not reflect the views or opinions of Locks of Love.
It is Locks of Love’s mission to promote the well-being of children through its program of providing hairpieces. All events and fundraisers held on behalf of Locks of Love should uphold and reflect the mission and desire to help disadvantaged children.
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My Donation to locks of love below:
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I donated 14 inches of hair on July 2nd 2009