Who We Are - Chances for Children
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Our Purpose

Dear Colleague,

You may feel as we do that it is usually hard to do good things in the world:

Does my support really make a difference?

Are my contributions going to those who need help the most?

Having just completed professional careers (Harvard, Peace Corps Washington and Oxfam America) we have now “retired” to start the type of international organization that we always wanted to support.

One that really helps kids in need, taking not a penny for overhead (Larry and Judi will personally cover all administrative costs).
One where we know how our support is used and that it really makes a difference.

We offer a very real opportunity for you to give many children in developing countries a real chance.

We have created a small international non-profit, Chances for Children International (CCI), initially to be run out of our New Hampshire farm house. We are small and intend to stay small. Our partners are small grassroots organizations. And we promise that 100% of every dollar you contribute goes directly to help the children in these programs.

We will tell you where we work, the local organizations we partner with and, above all, how you can give real chances to children with little hope and almost no opportunity.

Please review the additional information on our web site to decide if you’d like to give at least one child a chance for a meaningful future.

Sincerely,

Judi and Larry

Leadership

Chances for Children International (CCI) was founded in 2015 by the husband-wife team of Judi Garfinkel and J. Larry Brown, and their daughter Ariel Garfinkel. Both Judi and Larry have had extensive experience working both on pressing domestic and international issues that impact the lives and well-being of the world’s most vulnerable people, particularly children. Ariel is currently a graduate student in human rights at Columbia University. Her primary research and advocacy interest is in women and development.

Judi Garfinkel, M.P.H.

Judi received her Master’s Degree from the Boston University School of Public Health.  She served as the Founding Director of Physicians’ for a National Health Program, a U.S.-based organization of several thousand doctors.  She also served as the Director of kNOw Hunger, a national organization providing schools with lesson plans so children can learn the sources of worldwide and domestic hunger. Judi’s international work includes service with Johns Hopkins University’s malaria reduction program in the African nation of Uganda. From 2010- 2015 Judi served as Associate Dean for Programs of the Center for International Learning, an Arabic language institute in Muscat, Oman that hosts university students from the U.S. and around the world, as well as staff from the United Nations, U.S. State Department, and various foreign ministries.

J. Larry Brown, Ph.D

Larry received his Ph.D in social policy at the Heller School, Brandeis University. He was the Founding Director of Massachusetts Advocates for Children, the prototype for the national Children’s Defense Fund. Larry has served the Peace Corps over several decades, first as a Volunteer in rural India in the late 1960s. He later served President Carter as Assistant Director of Peace Corps in the late 1970s, and then President Obama as Country Director of Peace Corps Uganda. Larry’s primary professional work has been at Harvard University, where he was on the teaching faculty, and also served as Chairman of the Physician Task Force on Hunger in America, credited with prompting Congress to rescind all the food stamp and school breakfast funding cuts in the early 1980s.  Larry has created several programs and institutions, including the Feinstein Famine Center (Tufts University), the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (Brandeis University), and most recently the Center for International Learning in Oman.

Ariel Garfinkel, M.A.

Ariel received her Bachelor’s degree in the Politics of Inequality, a self-designed major at Mount Holyoke College. Following graduation in 2010, she worked with AmeriCorps in girls’ empowerment and health education, and then with Girls Inc., as a facilitator of afterschool programs. Ariel recently graduated from Columbia University’s Master’s in Human Rights Program, with a specialization in women and international law.

Program Partners

We are now supporting established small grassroots organizations in India, Nepal and Vietnam to give children chances for the future through education. We screen and select each program to make sure they are led by local community leaders who are experienced, honest and hard-working, and with strong familiarity with local cultural factors.

ALIG – A Literacy Initiative Group, India
Located in Jharkhand, one of the poorest states of India where per capita income is $2/day, ALIG provides chances for impoverished children to learn through afterschool language and enrichment programs, health education clubs and child educational sponsorships. You can make it possible for children to go to school, by covering school fees, uniforms and books. Learn about the children you help, as we provide background family information and regular academic progress reports, along with their photos. In addition, we encourage you to write letters to develop a supportive mentoring relationship with the children you champion. You can make a real difference in the lives of children by involving them for the first time ever in social and educational programs that open the world to them.
EduCab – Educational Capacity Building, Nepal
EduCaB gives children chances to learn and grow by building libraries and learning centers in rural Nepali communities where there often are no schools. This innovative model was developed by a young Romanian social entrepreneur and a Nepali trekking company owner who joined forces to change the lives of children in Nepal villages who have never attended school, never held a book, never visited a library, and cannot even dream of access to a laptop. With the blessing and labor of a local rural community, and funds raised from family and friends, this dynamic duo built their first library and community center in Dandagaon, 64 km west of Kathmandu. Already it is stocked with books in several languages, and with used laptops from various sources, and has developed educational programs led by local people. Future plans include programs and facilities in other mountain villages so Nepali children have the chance to discover the amazing world that now lies just beyond the perimeter of their lives.
CEF – Children’s Education Fund, Vietnam
CEF enables impoverished girls to go to school, giving them the chance to have a life with meaningful choices. As in many developing countries, education in Viet Nam is “free” but the price of school fees and uniforms (usually about $250 a year) prevents many children from ever entering the school door. This amazing grassroots program is managed by an Australian woman and a staff of three young Vietnamese women who place, mentor and serve some 227 girls in schools each year. They screen each girl to assess need, place them in schools, mentor them and contact their teachers regularly. In addition, CEF staff assist each girl with translating letters to her sponsor, sent along with school reports. CEF recently launched a program to give academically-promising female secondary school graduates a chance to go on to university.
Hearing and Beyond, Vietnam
For the vast majority of deaf and hearing-impaired children in Viet Nam, going to school is not a possibility. The inability to communicate (even with family members) leads to social isolation, usually a lifetime of poverty and a very poor sense of self-worth. Since 2008, Hearing and Beyond (formerly known as Paddy’s Jewel) has provided high quality education to hearing impaired children in Hoi An, Viet Nam, enabling them to learn sign language and other subjects, so they can grow up to be integral members of their community