Where We Work

Chances for Children International (CCI) has 501(c)3 non-profit status from the IRS. CCI is fully funded by contributions we make, along with donations from other individuals. We neither request nor would accept government funding of any kind. CCI has no connections to any religious or political organization. We work solely to give individual children in the developing countries the chance to escape poverty by getting an education to grow their minds and widen their horizons.

We partner with small grassroots organizations in key areas of the world, helping them build capacity to strengthen and expand effective programs. Working within the framework of grassroots organizations has several advantages: it empowers local people who best understand the needs of their communities; it gives them greater means to improve the life chances of local children; and it utilizes knowledge of local institutions to give children better learning opportunities. Our major goal is to increase the access of poor children, particularly girls, to education (primary, secondary and university levels).

Providing marginalized village children with the infrastructure to learn
Children’s Education Fund (CEF) removes barriers to enable impoverished girls to attend. CEF serves girls in Quang Nam province, in central Vietnam. Hearing and Beyond enables deaf and hearing-impaired children to attend school in Hoi An, central Vietnam. These children are not accommodated in public schools.
DID YOU KNOW? The country Viet Nam (or Nam Viet) has been spelled as two words since 200 BC. During the war, the name was changed to one word when reporters filed stories by cable to the New York Times. Cable charges were by the word, so it made economical sense to condense words like Dien Bien Phu, Ha Noi, Da Nang, and other Vietnamese terms. As a result, Viet Nam became “Vietnam.” We spell it as one word on this website as it has become the conventional spelling, but we pay our deepest respects to the people of Viet Nam, and acknowledge the historical spelling of the country’s name. 


Providing university scholarships to Mayan youth
Access to higher education brings choice into the lives of these young adults and the opportunity to participate in their country’s growth and economic development. A university education equips future leaders with the tools they need to improve their own communities.