It all started in 1991 when Juli Hall, Founder of Cherish Our Children International (COCI), peeked over another traveler’s shoulder and spied a photo in the Washington Post that showed orphans being warehoused in Romania. That one photo was the impetus for a half a dozen programs that have saved or enhanced the lives of tens of thousands of children worldwide.

One woman’s determination to make a difference led to the creation of Cherish Our Children International, fondly known as COCI!

COCI’s programs have helped heal, educate and advocate for children in Bosnia, Romania, Serbia, Kenya, Mexico and here in Houston. Since 2007, COCI has partnered with two other non-profits to sustain 25 “Little Blue Schools” in Mexico. COCI-established a preschool in Africa to help underprivileged children pass school entrance exams, without which they would not be allowed into public schools. Hundreds of disabled children in Bosnia and Serbia have been freed from “house arrest” thanks to COCI-provided workshops, access to speech and hearing therapy, and dental services. No More Victims is breaking the cycle of incarceration and addiction among disadvantaged young people in Houston.

Over the years COCI has developed and funded a variety of projects and programs worldwide that have met our vision, mission and values criteria. We target our support to vulnerable children in urban or rural settings. Please click a country for more specific information.