Why Invest in COCI?
Because you can.
The most important reason of all as to why you should donate to our charity is because you can. It is often seen that the people who don’t have much are the ones who are willing to give away the most. It is the duty of the privileged to help those that are underprivileged as it is the only way that we can make our world a better place to live in not just for ourselves but also for the future generations that are to come. We hope you choose to participate with Cherish Our Children International, don’t delay!
You haven’t forgotten where you came from.
Giving to Cherish Our Children International is an opportunity to give something back to the world we take so much from. Most of us only have to look back one or two generations to see where our grandparents or great grandparents could have been one of our vulnerable “Cherished Children”. Choosing to sponsor COCI is a sign that you have not forgotten where you came from and are grateful to your past. See a video about some of the children we have provided for.
We produce lasting results that we want to replicate.
Hear first hand from one of our veteran participants; “I’d always thought I needed to keep my past under wraps. Having both of my parents incarcerated was a difficult part of my life. Luckily for me, I had strong grandparents to influence me with the power of education. Although my success in education was tremendous, it was not sufficient enough to fill that void in my life that I kept hidden from the public and my peers.
Becoming a member of No More Victims changed my life in a way that I could not have imagined. I learned I had a powerful story and it did not need to be concealed, but voiced for other children like me. It was at that moment my membership in the program had gone from just the shy participant to a national figure that could garner support for the organization and get those supporters to carry our message to the places around the country that needed it most. Because of this organization, my passion for public service has been ignited. I stand today as a Truman Scholar, LSU Alum, mentor, advocate, and PhD student at Columbia – all because of COCI’s push to share my story with others.”
We have a track record.
Cherish Our Children International began in 1993. We are a 501(c) (3) non profit with a fabulous track record. Juli Hall our founder established the vision almost 20 years ago and we continue with more passion than ever to reach the most vulnerable children of the world. Check us out BBB, Great Non-profits.
Be a part of reaching out rather than taking in.
Read a touching story here from our staff in Serbia. “Today I attended the funeral of Siniša, a 14 year old boy in Serbia. He was diagnosed L-Downs Syndrome but he died of heart complications. His father made a moving speech recounting a story from last summer. In his speech Siniša’s father recalled the basketball tournament organized every year under the auspices of COCI Serbia, and the fact that Siniša was so excited to play on that mach. For the first time he had a chance to compete with regular children. Siniša played like never before, the match was very dramatic, the result was a draw. In the last moment of the match, like in a movie, Siniša received the ball, advanced towards the opponent’s three point line when he was fouled. Free throws for Siniša, he felt like he was the center of the planet.
Everybody was silent, leaving time for Siniša to focus on this throw. Finally he let the ball fly, it hit the backboard than balanced for few moments on the rim and finally went through the net. Everybody cheered for Siniša! His team won! At the end of the match he was carried by his teammates and the audience cheered, “Siniša! Siniša! Siniša!” It was the best moment of his life, he was a hero that day. The last words of Siniša to his parents were in fact the question related to this match, “Did you like the game? Did you like the way I played?” The next moment he died without waiting for the answer.”