About Us

About Every Child Is Ours

Every Child is Ours was created in 1997 to complement President Clinton’s “America Reads” initiative. Initially, students from Guilford Lakes, CT realized they had far more school supplies than the students in downtown New Haven, CT. The students decided they wanted to share. The books and school supplies they collected brought the students of New Haven a new chance at education – and the opportunity to develop more friendships with children beyond their community. It has been more than 50 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights named free and compulsory basic education a fundamental human right. Sadly, this basic human right is not always being met, and it is by definition the children that suffer.

Our mission is to promote educational opportunities through fostering relationships between children to experience a sense of a compassionate global community. We work as an outreach program that matches up local resources with children in need. We are able to find value in unusual places: boxes of old athletic jerseys left in a school basement or school desks without a home are some examples. In donating these items to schools of greater need, children from wealthier communities have the opportunity to build relationships with, and an understanding of, children from needier communities. For many, these relationships build life-long changes – building compassion, commitment, and understanding

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What is Every Child Is Ours?

We take for granted that our children have basic educational tools and supplies such as pens, paper, books, and book bags. Sadly many children do not. Nor do they have proper food to fulfill their nutritional needs. These children, along with their parents and grandparents, are our responsibility. While Every Child Is Ours is becoming well known for our work in Jackson County and Northeast Arkansas, we are truly an international organization. We are partnered with schools in Acuña, Mexico and Kanana, South Africa.

Programs under the Every Child Is Ours umbrella include:

  • North Jackson County Food Pantry, serving families in Tuckerman, Swifton, Grubbs, Diaz and Campbell Station
  • Jackson County Literacy Council
  • Back Pack Program, sending food home to over 70 elementary and middle school children every Friday during school year
  • We have been actively involved in initiating, supplying and supporting libraries in the township of Kanana, South Africa
  • Ongoing relationship with schools in Acuña, Mexico with teacher exchanges, donations of books, schools supplies, lesson plans. We’ve welcomed their principals and teachers to our Arkansas State Capitol on five separate occasions. They have performed in our schools and communities. Relationships have been built that will last a lifetime.
  • We have been working in Pine Ridge, South Dakota for over ten years. We have supplied school materials, books, coats and Christmas presents to the children of the Sioux Nation.

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