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Uplifting Children's Lives
Lifting Up is a non-profit child advocacy organization in Wichita, Kansas that has worked persistently for 30 years to cater to the needs of the most underprivileged children. We generate programs that improve the quality of life of children living in poverty, ensure their access to effective education and health care and most importantly, build the core of these children through moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by schools, churches, businesses and individual donations, Lifting Up advocates nationwide on behalf of poor children to ensure that they are never neglected.
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We live in a nation where 14.3% of U.S households – a total of 15.8 million children – struggle to even get food on their plate. That is only one of the facts that strengthen our goal to improve the lives of underprivileged children. In 30 years, Lifting Up has changed the lives of more than 400,000 children through feeding and providing quality education and informal care. We have opened doors of opportunities to almost 55,000 students who cannot afford to continue education through scholarship programs. Our organization composed of 2,000 staff and volunteers have been working relentlessly in keeping our programs running across the poorest communities. We aspire to grow more and expand our reach to achieve our dream of ending child poverty.
Lifting Up Welcome Meeting
Monday - December 22, 2014
Lifting Up regular meeting every first Monday of the month. Newcomers and visitors are welcome. We invite a different speaker every month to facilitate and share information.
Lifting Up has concluded a partnership deal with Wichita Area Community College for scholarship grants that will allow 100 qualified children per year. This partnership aims to help Lifting Up to unlock the power of education to help the youth meet their highest potential and improve way of living. Through scholarship programs, we are able to send children to school and develop them to become future leaders.
Personal Stories of Lifting Up Children
Joanna James, Wichita, KS
Joanna is 8 years old. She lives with her mom along with her grandma. Her dad is in jail; she hasn’t heard from him in ages. “None of my friends – none of them have fathers that live in the same household,” Joanna says. “I guess it’s accepted.” “But I think it matters,” she adds. “I wish I had my dad. Maybe there would be more food for us to eat and maybe things would be just better.”
Karleen West, Wichita, KS
Karleen is a teenager who dreams of graduating from high school and attending her prom. While her friends buy prom dresses and arrange after-prom parties, she struggles to feed her sisters and brothers. As other families choose between colleges, hers must choose between medical care and welfare. As some of her friends live the life of a carefree adolescent, Jesse assumes the role of the caretaker in her family. The oldest of three children, she must look after her siblings while her father ekes out a living driving a truck. Her father is a hard-working man, but his 12- to 15-hour shifts don’t provide enough income to pay the bills. Although the family isn’t homeless, they have only $120 each month to buy food. Often, there isn’t enough to last the month, so Karleen is forced to turn to Lifting Up for help.