Children receive Kid Packs
in Mexico. Established in 1991, KidCare International currently supports humanitarian projects in Southern California, Russia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and South Africa through championing volunteerism and cultivating both public and private partnerships.
The Mission of KidCare International, a relationship-based, humanitarian-aid organization, is to equip and empower desperately disadvantaged children to lead lives of purpose, service, and leadership through sustainable programs and strategic partnerships.
The vision of KidCare International is to bring hope into the lives of desperately disadvantage children by providing humanitarian aid, sending teams of volunteers to educate and encourage, joining with indigenous people to build and repair, and linking them with people and organizations of resources who desire to "make a difference" in the lives of the world's poorest children. Together, we believe we can reverse the effects of poverty and hunger on children. This vision in action has brought new life and hope to thousands of children internationally.
Immediately after the fall of Communism opened up the door to humanitarian-aid in Russia, Larry Kapchinsky gathered a group of other concerned individuals to hand-deliver basic essentials to many of the orphans living in the Perm region who were found barely surviving harsh Siberian winters without adequate food, clothing or footwear. As word spread of the deplorable conditions in these orphanages, the number of volunteers and volume of relief donations increased exponentially. People saw the need and were moved to action.
Over the last fifteen years the people of KidCare International have reached out with compassion to serve many desperately disadvantaged children in our global community.
In 1999, KidCare International responded to a year marked by unusual disasters by delivering a total of fourteen 40-foot ocean-freight containers filled with food, clothing, and medical supplies to the earthquake victims in Armenia, Colombia; refugees from the war in Kosovo, and survivors of the war in Yugoslavia.
In 2000, KidCare International partnered to purchase and establish the Silver Center, (a summer camp located on the Silver River), and the New Manna Center for children living on the streets in Russia.
- Partnered to send 17 40 foot ocean-freight containers filled with food, clothing and other aid to children in Russia.
- Sent team of trained volunteers to teach and offer positive role models to children living in orphanages and on the street.
In 2001, KidCare International began feeding hundreds of poor children and their families as well as offering sustainable support to an orphanage in Mysore, India.
- Sent a 40 foot container of food to children in India.
In 2003, KidCare International launched an after-school educational and social uplift program for underprivileged school children in Los Angeles County.
- Staffed by student volunteers from the Claremont Colleges.
In 2004, KidCare International responded to the HIV/AIDS pandemic spreading through Africa by establishing strategic partnerships with indigenous schools, shelters, orphanages, hospitals, and clinics; mobilizing trained volunteers to deliver key health messages.
- Sent a 40 foot ocean-freight container of hospital supplies to South Africa.
- Partnered with the City of Rancho Cucamonga to give away Thanksgiving Dinners and KidPaks to children and their families in poverty in the Pomona Valley.
In 2005, KidCare International responded with relief supplies and funding for the victims of the Southeast Asia Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.
- Raised funds to help rebuild an elementary school in Sri Lanka.
- Provided hands-on help to children and their families displaced by Hurricane Katrina who were relocated to Southern California.
- Gathered and trucked relief supplies to New Orleans.
- Sent volunteers to assist in New Orleans relief efforts.
- Sent KidPaks to school children in New Orleans.
- Established Promise for Africa Literacy, PAL to provide school books and hot lunches to children in South Africa and Tanzania.
In 2006, KidCare International launched a feeding program in Tanzania for orphans and other vulnerable children suffering from the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
- Received registration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Private Volunteer Organization. USAID is the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster; trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
- Sent Teams of Volunteers to deliver KidPaks, quilts, mentor and teach.
- Sent a 20 foot ocean-freight container of hospital supplies to Tanzania.
In 2007, KidCare International developed an HIV/AIDS prevention program for girls and young women and applied for grant funding
- Increased the number of orphanages in our feeding program.
- Partnered with Pepperdine University's students who served as volunteers with KidCare International in Tanzania.
- Increased the number of books and educational supplies to school children in South Africa and Tanzania.
- Sent a professional video team to film KidCare International's projects in South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda.
- Became a supplemental educational services (SES) provider. An opportunity to offer low-income children, who may be struggling in school, extra academic help and individual instruction.
In 2008, KidCare International launched a Strategic Planning Project with Action Teams, to build capacity and long-term sustainability through revising our mission statement and redefining our goals, objectives, and parameters.
- Partnered with community organizations, businesses and churches to bring over 300 KidPaks, (backpacks filled with school supplies, toys, and hygiene necessities) to school children in the Pomona Valley and Africa at Christmas.
- Partnered with businesses and city agencies to bring Thanksgiving dinners to families of school children in the Pomona Valley.
- March-Sent a team to the White House Faith-Based and Community Initiatives African Conference in Rwanda. Larry Kapchinsky met with His Excellency Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda, and other key leaders in an effort to build resources, skills, and gather valuable knowledge to strengthen the effectiveness of our work in Africa.