Children and Poverty


Children and Poverty Help Untangle the Problem of Poverty

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
- Matthew 19:14

We are Child Focused. We Value the One.

Of the billions of children in our world today, nearly half live in desperate poverty. Yet it is the children who hold the potential to break the cycle of deprivation for future generations.

Three Ugandan boys lean backwards on a bench while in school

All children are precious in God’s sight. His heart is endeared towards them and His ear inclines to their worship. Time and again, the Bible says that God is a defender and protector of the poor, the oppressed, abused, impoverished and the fatherless. The Kingdom of Heaven belong to such as these. And we place value on children because God does.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." — Matthew 19:14, NIV

A young girl with straight long brown hair stands against a red and blue wall.

Our ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development. We are unashamedly and singularly focused on developing children. Each child we serve is ministered to personally, and each church partner we work with tailors its programs to meet the specific needs of the children in its community.

We exist for the one. The one child who is left on the side of the dusty road to beg each day his parents can’t feed the family; the one child who has to walk many miles every day for water and cares for siblings because her parents have died from AIDS; the one child who dreams of being a doctor but has no access to an education.

We are advocates for children in poverty. And we commit to holistic child development — developing minds, bodies and spirits. In Jesus' name.

Embracing children is at the heart of who we are and has been honed over six decades of ministry.

Our Commitment to Children

Our ministry is focused on the individual child and his or her development. By working holistically with individual children to address their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs, we present every child with an opportunity to become a responsible and fulfilled Christian adult.

Our Commitment to Child Protection

In support of Christ's mandate to care for and protect His little ones, we are committed to safeguarding children in our programs from all forms of abuse and exploitation.

The Flat-Tummy Fweeps

What might it have sounded like if Dr. Seuss had written a story about children in poverty?

$2 Dinner Challenge

Get a small taste of what life is like for children and families living in extreme poverty. Take our $2 Dinner Challenge.

Quotes About Children

These famous quotes about children can help you in your advocacy efforts on behalf of children in poverty.

Help Us Fight on Behalf of Children in Poverty

Learn. Get involved. Speak out for those who can't.

Ways to Get Involved

Practical ways you can make a difference — individually, globally, as a church, as a community — for children in poverty.

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