Our History

UA Little Rock Children International is a non profit organization in Little Rock, AR focused on helping children and youth become healthy, educated, employable, and empowered to break the cycle of poverty. Our agency was established in 1994 as a partnership between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Children International – a Kansas City based, nonprofit organization.

The aim for the partnership is to empower families to raise healthy, educated, self-reliant children. To achieve this, UA Little Rock Children International partnered with five elementary schools in the Little Rock School District serving the neighborhoods of Central and Southwest Little Rock.

In partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, we serve approximately 3,000 sponsored children and youth with the help of more than, 10,000 individual sponsors from around the world. Together with 30+ partner organizations, CI and UA Little Rock are working to help kids break the cycle of poverty once and for all.

Of the 10 countries that Children International serves, the UA Little Rock Children International location is the only U.S. site. Each year, this site sponsors approximately 3,000 children (pre-K through 12th grade) with the help of more than 10,000 individual sponsors from around the world. Its goal is to empower children and families in their efforts to break through the barriers of poverty.

To find out more about our global impact, visit Children International