Three kids playing
Thriving Kids Logo on transparent background

Our impact initiative for long-term change and sustained growth

The idea of “thriving” is more than just alleviating the pain, hunger or thirst of a child who is orphaned, vulnerable or disabled. It’s helping children find hope through the love of God and discovering their own potential.

In impoverished countries and communities, children are often the most vulnerable population. Thriving Kids aims to provide the resources, support, and opportunities that children need. Our primary focus is on three basic elements: creating stable families, stable communities and a growing faith life. 

Diagram showing Thriving Kids surrounded by 3 key elements: Family, Faith, and Community

Alongside our local ministry partners, and with the loving support of friends like you, we start by meeting critical needs such as clean water, nutritious food, safe shelter, medical care, education, economic opportunity, and also the love and care rooted in the truth of Jesus Christ.

Your generosity will enable us to create a new and promising future to needy children and their families.

Be God’s beacon of light and hope in this dark world of despair. Your gift will help create a better tomorrow for these desperate families. Answer their prayers for help by funding food distributions, educational opportunities, and access to medical care where they are needed most.

The strategic focus of the Thriving Kids initiative is meeting the urgent needs of orphaned and vulnerable children (water, food, shelter, healthcare), and giving them a hope and a future (gospel teaching, education, vocational training, and family support).

In partnership with you, these are a few examples of what we are able to do together:

FOOD
Feed hungry children and families in developing nations around the world in Jesus’ name.​
EDUCATION
Empower ministry partners to provide education programs for vulnerable children in different regions.
WATER
Provide aqueducts, wells, and water filtration systems in impoverished rural communities.​
HOUSING
Support ministries in developing countries to bless children and their families with sturdy new homes. ​
MEDICAL AID
Medical supplies, surgical equipment and other items to hospitals and clinics in vulnerable areas.
VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Help rescue vulnerable children from unimaginable suffering.
EMERGENCY RELIEF
Provide crisis response in emergency situations and for those who have been victimized or abused.
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Offer tools and micro-business training that ensure long-term solutions
THE GOSPEL
Share the Gospel in action and word, provide bibles in local languages, and Christian community.

Your generous gift will be used to support the Cross International project(s) indicated through June 30, 2023, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the initiative, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry and may be used in the following fiscal year.

Terms of Use Privacy Policy © 2022 Cross International. All rights reserved.

Help Children With Disabilities

The UN estimates that between 93 and 150 million children worldwide live with a disability. In developing countries, these children are often unable to attend school, play outside or access specialized resources. Negative stigma or superstition among their parents, neighbors and community leaders often reinforce these barriers.

This year, we’re providing $60,000 worth of medical equipment to Kupenda for the Children in Kenya. This is a very remote location, and your gift will help cover the shipping costs to this very worthy medical outreach.

This gift will benefit: Kenya

Heal the Sick

In developed countries, basic medical supplies such as gauze, wraps, bandages, and syringes are commonplace. Unfortunately, that is often not the case in the developing world. Christian doctors and volunteers in developing countries frequently run low on these supplies, and they also lack the funds to keep large inventories on hand.

This year, we’re providing $84 million worth of medicines and medical supplies. Your gift will help cover the shipping costs to medical outreaches in some of the most remote areas of the globe

This gift will benefit: Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya

Build a Family a Home

A gift of a safe, secure home is tangible affirmation of God’s love for a desperate family — it brings hope, health, stability and opportunity. Most poor families must settle for much less. Mired in poverty, they are forced to live in unsafe shacks fashioned from mud and thatch.

You can provide the life-changing gift of a safe, storm-resistant new home with Cross partners Ambuya Development Center in Malawi and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A new home will ease the family’s burdens, protect them from the wind and rain, and help them achieve their dreams.

This gift will benefit: Guatemala, Malawi

Education

The gift of an education is an investment that reaps long-term dividends for a child’s future. By opening doors for the children of the poor to enroll in Christian schools and get the same educational opportunities as their more economically well-off peers, you are giving not just a hand-out but a “hand-up.”

Your gift will fund Christian education to nurture vulnerable children mentally and spiritually — for thriving futures that will transform hopeless places.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Ecuador, Uganda

Rescue Women and Children in Crisis

Through emergency child rescue services, vocational training, anti-trafficking programs and Bible literacy classes, Cross International is helping vulnerable women and children reclaim their lives. Inspired by Jesus’ love, we work shoulder to shoulder with our in-country partners, empowering them to create change that lasts so that those who need help will eventually be able to stand confidently on their own. Be a part of this good news and make a life-saving gift part of your holidays.

Your gift will help protect victims of gender-based violence and also help save marginalized women and children from harm.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua

Provide Clean, Safe Water

Our ministry partner, the Kachere Development Center, has an ambitious plan to install 20 wells, providing 5,160 adults and 8,414 children with clean water. Our goal is to finance the drilling and installation of one well – part of an entire community water system, which includes training to maintain the well, and sanitation and hygiene training for improved health.

One borehole can provide 2,800 gallons of safe, life-sustaining water every day. Help us bring clean, safe water to one of these villages today — in a way that will last for generations.

This gift will benefit: Zambia

Give Tools for Sustainable Farming

One of nine people worldwide survive on less than $1.90 a day. Without training and supplies to grow moneymaking crops and breed profitable livestock, poor farmers stay locked in the cycle of poverty.

By supporting this fund, you’ll help families break free of poverty — transforming lives for generations. When families get the training and tools they need, it means bountiful harvests and small animals that produce income for a sustainable business model.

This gift will benefit: Guatemala, Nicaragua

Feed Hungry Children

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries.

Your gift will provide meals for ministry partners such as Divine Shelter Schools in Haiti and Hope of Life in Guatemala. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Malawi

Most Urgent Needs

Inspired by the love of Jesus, we work shoulder to shoulder with local leaders overseas, equipping families with the resources they need to thrive – basics like food, clean water and healthcare, as well as longer-term community transformation projects that will ensure lasting change.

By giving to our Thriving Kids Initiative, you’re not only meeting children’s Most Urgent Needs, you’re also helping lift their families – even entire communities – out of poverty.

This gift will benefit: Africa, The Caribbean, Central America, South America

Feed Hungry Children

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 811 million in the world suffer from under-nourishment. By providing the gift of food, you will save the lives of thousands of hungry children and their families in developing countries like Haiti, Malawi, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Your gift will support the provision of meals and other basic services that are essential for survival. A generous donation during this season of giving will change lives forever.

This gift will benefit: Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Malawi

Recommended Gift
$1,000 will feed 30 children for a month | $5,000 will feed 80 children for a month | $10,000 will feed 92 children for a month | $20,000 will feed 184 children for a month

Donate to Cross International’s Thriving Kids Initiative