Kids Around The World
Kids Around The World4750 Hyrdraulic RdRockford, Illinoiskatw.net
Kids Around the World is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of kids with God’s transforming hope.
There are approximately 2.2 billion children worldwide. Half of the world’s population of children is in poverty—victims of war, natural disasters, injustice, and economic stress. This lack of safety burdens a child with fear and physical and emotional trauma, stunting a child’s ability to learn and grow in confidence. They feel hopelessly trapped within their socioeconomic boundaries, without vision for the future.
In the next decade or two, these children will become political leaders, teachers, law enforcement, or parents. It’s critical to shape them in those early years. Investing in them is investing in the future caretakers of this planet. By providing kids with safe places to explore and healthy meals, we are directly sowing into our future.
Since 1994 Kids Around the World has been igniting hope in over 60 countries through means of providing playgrounds, restoring health with life-saving meals, and resourcing teachers to reach millions of children with the gospel. Our ultimate mission is to impact the lives of kids with God’s transforming hope.
Play is crucial to a child’s emotional, physical, social, and creative growth. It’s more than a hobby, it’s a matter of life. With one colorful, unique playground, a whole community is transformed, allowing kids to be kids, and to experience a worry-free environment crucial to healthy development. No matter the culture, play is a universal need, an unspoken language that builds bridges to the hearts of the whole family.
We restore opportunity for children to enjoy the kind of play that leads to an encounter with Father God in communities devastated by war or poverty. Our experts determine the best solution for each country we work in—whether a playground designed from scratch or a refurbished playground designed to feel and look brand new.
If you can reach a child when he is young, you can impact him for life. Over 80% of Christians make decisions for Christ before the age of 14. A child who knows they are loved is far less likely to experience social dysfunctions or become involved in criminal activity later in life. Imagine the lifelong comfort of a child knowing the love of the Savior. Kids Around the World is dedicated to impacting the one. One transformed child has the potential to positively change their nation.
Kids Around the World is both eager to remain financially transparent as well as to strive for financial growth for the purpose of serving more children. In 2016, we worked to continue our efficiency in raising and spending money. We are proud to report that the percentage of funds used directly for program services was 90%, while the percentages spent on administrative and fundraising expenses was 10%. We continually maximize our effectiveness as we deliver the gift of play, food and gospel training all over the world – thanks to donors and partners like you.
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With the commitment to reach children worldwide for Jesus, Jim Rosene has been the President of Kids Around the World, a faith-based, non-profit mission organization, since it was founded in 1994. Before this, Jim was an elementary school teacher for 4 years and then the Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries at First Evangelical Free Church in Rockford, IL from 1980 – 2000.
For Jim Rosene, making children smile has always been a full-time job. He says, “Being able to give kids something like this is great. These children, because of poor economic conditions, disasters, or war conflicts, can’t experience the joy of childhood. But when we see them come onto a brand-new playground – well, that’s an amazing feeling.” In an interview about his first project in Kiev in 1994 after the fall of communism, Jim spoke about the moment play became a tool for God’s word: “…it was really after that playground was finished and we saw the smiles, we saw the happiness, we saw the joy on the faces of children, we thought what if we could use this playground to share the gospel of Jesus?” A bright and talented person, he has a unique love and respect for children. In his days teaching and as a children’s pastor, he never patronized or just entertained kids. Jim has the unique ability to communicate “grown-up” ideas and truths in a manner that kids understand and can apply to their lives, and has used this gift throughout his work with Kids Around the World.
Jim and his wife, Denise, live in Rockford, IL while their son Jeff lives in Southern California and their daughter Jenny lives in Minneapolis.