Where We Work
CCI is involved in 9 countries throughout the world! With your partnership and support we are reaching out to transform the lives of children in Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
CCI has sponsored children in the Dominican Republic (DR) since 2017. Working in the north, near Sosua, we are sponsoring children at the Nest of Love School. The DR is home to roughly 10 million people, and with coffee as the national drink, it has one of the more dynamic economies in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the country remains vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, infant mortality rate is high and 21% of women give birth before the age of 18.
CCI has sponsored children in Haiti for over 20 years and currently has 544 children sponsored in three different regions of the country. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Poverty affects over 59% of the population, with 24% of children aged 5-14 engaged in child labour and a very high infant mortality rate. As the proportion of population using piped water is only 10%, one of their greatest needs is clean water and irrigation systems. In NW Haiti, through our partnerships with many caring individuals, CCI has built schools and provided water access for many communities.
In Kenya, CCI has sponsored children for over 20 years and presently has 526 sponsored in three different regions. Home to over 44 million people, Kenya gained its independence in 1963 and after presidential elections, tensions arose and remain throughout the country. Kenya has the fastest growing economy in Sub-Saharan Africa, with coffee and tourism, its largest income generators. Before marriage, Kenyans still pay a dowry which starts at 10 cows and child labour, infant mortality and HIV continue as the greatest challenges facing its people.
South of Mexico City, in the community of Cuernavaca, is the Centro Cristiano Church and the Maranatha School. In 1985, the church established the school to support families and provide high-quality Christian education for their children. Currently, there are 270 students, from 1 to 18 years old, attending this fully bilingual school that boasts a very good academic average, coming 4th in the city last year. CCI’s new partnership with the Centro Cristiano Church has led us to register 50 children at the Maranatha School into the child sponsorship program. This will provide them with faith-based education and will reduce the burden placed on their families by freeing up resources for other needs in the family unit.
For over 20 years, CCI has sponsored children and provided food to hundreds of families, mainly in the islands of Cebu. With over 90 million people, 200 volcanoes, and 7,641 islands, the Philippines has the third largest English-speaking population in the world. It is the largest producer of coconuts, but issues of child labour, infant mortality, and HIV are ongoing challenges facing Pilipino families.
To help provide education, something that was impossible for many parents, CCI has sponsored children at two schools in the capital of Kigali, since 2016. Rwanda, the land of 1000 hills and 300 species of birds; gained its independence in July 1962. The resilient Rwandese have journeyed through the after affects of the catastrophic genocide of 1994, and speak four languages, French, English, Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda. Challenges include only 9% of the population are using piped water, and 30% of children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labour.
Sri Lanka, the teardrop of India, is where CCI has sponsored children near the capital city of Colombo, for over 20 years. Volleyball, not cricket is the national sport, 85% of the world’s cinnamon is grown and tea is the largest export. However, household violence continues to be a problem, affecting over 50% of women and only a small percentage of children and their families sleep under treated bed nets.
For over 20 years, CCI has partnered with the Khon Kaen Christian School, in Northern Thailand. With nearly 68 million people, and one tenth living in the capital of Bangkok, Thailand was never colonized by a European country. Known as the land of the free, it is the world’s leading exporter of over 1500 different varieties of orchids. Its challenges include: over 75% of children aged 2 – 14 experience violent discipline at home and it has one of the highest HIV rates in Asia and the Pacific.
CCI has sponsored children in The Republic of Uganda for over 20 years, and with 984 children currently sponsored in 9 different regions, it is our largest program. 50% of its 43 million people, are under the age of 14. Home to one of the largest populations of gorillas, the pearl of Africa, is a nation filled with amazing hospitality and boda-boda’s (motorcycle’s). Sadly, 24% of students who start grade 1 will never reach grade 5, and as only 20% of students attend Secondary School, barriers need to be removed to encourage higher enrollment. Thanks to increased aid and awareness, the under-five mortality rate has drastically decreased since the 2000’s, falling by nearly 10% each year.