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CINI on front page of DOD website
CINI makes the front page of the U.S. Department of Defense website with recognition of their efforts to selflessly help Iraqi children. Read the full story here.
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CINI Quick Facts
- CINI was founded in 2007 by Brenda McFerrin with the generous support of ECC and other private donors to help alleviate the suffering of children in destabilized nations that cannot afford the costs of medical care or cannot obtain it in their native country.
- 100% of your donation will go directly to aid. We can do this because of our strong volunteer network, our corporate donor of in-kind services, a private grant to defray administrative cost, and our unpaid, working board of directors.
- In 2007 we facilitated over $1.5 million in aid to 21 children. Our first successful Heart Mission was held in Amman, Jordan in partnership with Gift of Life - Amman.
- Giving to CINI is a catalyst for what we refer to as "The CINI Effect." Here is how it works: We partner with providers of quality medical care for children, such as Shriners Hospital. CINI adds expertise in logistics, planning, and implementation, actively working with the US, Iraqi, and Jordanian embassies and other government entities to arrange for across border medical care. Our volunteer network which is active in Amman, Iraq and the U.S., provides on the ground support as children and a guardian are transported from Iraq to the most appropriate site for medical treatment. In two recent cases, $11,000 in cash donations combined with in-kind services and medical care enabled two severely injured children to receive prosthetics and physical therapy valued at $200,000 in aid
- Our goal in 2008 is to help 40 children through our designated missions (vision, burn, prosthetic and cardiac) and 50 children that need acute emergency care. We exhaust all avenues for the children to receive care as close to home as possible. Only after all our options have been weighed do we arrange care in the U.S.
- CINI partners with such organizations as Operation Smile, Médicins San Frontiere, and Gift of Life International so that services are not redundant, thereby guaranteeing that more children can receive the most expedient medical care possible.