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.


Judi and Larry


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 recently completed a Master’s in human rights at Columbia University.

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. She currently works with ​Just Associates (JASS)​, an international non-profit that partners with global grassroots groups ​using popular education ​to​​ amplify women’s voices and political influence ​in promoting the compliance of governments with human rights obligations. She is the author of the acclaimed book, SCOFFLAW: International Law and America’s Deadly Weapons in Vietnam.

Program Partners

We are now supporting established small grassroots organizations in Guatemala 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.

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
PROGRESA, Guatemala

PROGRESA, an organization based outside of Antigua, provides scholarships for very poor Mayan youth from rural areas of Guatemala to attend university. Very few of these students are able to obtain a higher education in their communities. Scholarships pay for tuition, room and board and related expenses. Access to higher education brings choice into the lives of these young people and the opportunity to be social change agents in their country’s growth and economic development. In 2017, PROGRESA provided scholarships to 75 Guatemalan youth who, as a condition of their funding perform 40 hours of community service in their villages each year.
Amigos de Santa Cruz, Guatemala


Amigos de Santa Cruz supports the communities of Santa Cruz la Laguna, located on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The organization works to improve the lives of the Mayan people who live in these villages through education and sustainable economic development. Amigos operates education and youth programs to equip future leaders with the tools they need to improve their own communities. Economic empowerment programs build skills and businesses to create sustainable incomes and a stronger local economy. The impact of Amigos’ programs is evident in the generational change that is creating a better future for the residents of Santa Cruz. When Amigos was founded in 1998, only 6 students graduated from primary school, and few even dared to dream of attending high school or university. Now, 90 students who received scholarship support from Amigos have graduated from high school, and this year 10 students received university scholarships. Education is at the heart of Amigos’ work, and it is the key to alleviating poverty for the people of Santa Cruz.