Operation Kid-to-Kid is one of the world’s largest service outreach programs for children. Nondenominational Christian organizations, Group’s Vacation Bible School programs, and Group Cares team up to get kids involved with helping other kids. Kids have the opportunity to help other children around the world by giving gifts like school supplies, Bibles, hygiene kits, Christmas gifts, Bible coloring books, and socks and shoes. Children have also funded extensive malaria prevention and clean water initiatives in Africa and India!
Year after year, Operation Kid-to-Kid is one of the driving forces in mobilizing children to serve other kids in need. Each year millions of dollars are given by kids to help other kids in need.
It’s hard to imagine but on the small island nation of Haiti, less than a thousand miles from the U.S., millions of children are suffering from malnutrition. With a population of almost 11 million people, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Decades of deforestation have resulted in prolonged drought and poor soil conditions.
Harvests have dropped to one-third of their normal production. The end result is over 26% of Haitian children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition.
HOW IT WORKS WITH GROUP VBS 2018
For 2018 Operation Kid to Kid is partnering with World Vision to make a difference in these kid’s lives. At our 2018 VBS programs kids around the world can collect donations in special seed packs. The proceeds from these efforts will be used to provide drought tolerant fruit and vegetable seeds for Haitian families.
Not only will the harvest from these crops provide food for these families, but they’ll also provide more seeds that will provide food year after year. These donations also support education programs for farmers on updated farming techniques.
The summer of 2017 saw millions of Group VBS kids across the country mobilize to help bring clean water to families in remote villages in Peru. VBS programs partnered with Group Cares and Living Water International to help provide sustainable wells throughout Peru.
By the end of the year, we’re projecting to have raised over 1 million dollars in support of providing clean water for children living in rural areas of Peru. So what does that mean in lives changed? That funding will provide clean water for over 180,000 people. Wow! Who says kids can’t make a difference.
Thank you. Because of the generosity of kids all across the country literally thousands of lives will be profoundly changed for the better. That’s what the love of Jesus looks like! Be sure to check back for information on out 2018 Operation Kid-to-Kid program, where Jesus will be using VBS kids to change the world again!
Throughout the years
2016 Operation Kid-to-Kid Overview
Group Workcamps Program
In 2016 we partnered with Group Workcamps to provide basic home repairs for families who don’t have a safe place to play, sleep, study, live, and grow. Group Workcamps is an incredible program where profound life-change happens for both the workers and the families they help.
The repairs are done by teenagers who volunteer for these camps and experience the joy that comes with being the hands of Jesus for these families. The funds raised in 2016 benefited the Group Workcamp programs during the summer of 2017. The families themselves experience the dignity and hope that comes with the simple fulfillment of a safe place to live.
2015 Operation Kid-to-Kid Overview
Thai-language children’s Bibles
In 2016 Operation Kid to Kid partnered with Biblica to provide Thai-language children’s Bibles. Bibles of any kind are a rarity in the Thai language. These Bibles are bringing the Word of God to hundreds of thousands of kids thanks to you!
With your support, Biblica worked to develop a special translation of the new testament in Thai. But beyond just doing the translation, this Bible was designed specifically for kids. There’s no better example of kids helping kids than that! Thank you for your support of this program. By partnering with Operation Kid to Kid you are making a difference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Operation Kid-to-Kid a part of Group’s VBS business?
A: No. Operation Kid-to-Kid (OK2K) is the children’s ministry unit of the non-profit organization “Group Cares.” The primary fundraising activities are part of Group’s VBS programs, but the proceeds of these activities are administered entirely through Group Cares. None of the funds from these operations go to Group’s VBS or any of Group’s “for profit” business operations.
Q: Does the Operation Kid-to-Kid project change every year?
A: Yes, we create a new mission every VBS season.
Q: If I’m doing an old Group VBS, will my funds still be used for the OK2K project that was written into that VBS program
A: Maybe. We typically partner with leading relief organization and ministries to fund specific projects. If that particular project is a long-term, ongoing project, your funds will be forwarded for that purpose. If the project was a one-time effort, your funds would be applied to the current year’s OK2K project. Use the “Contact Us” form at groupcares.org to see if your project is still active.
Q: Is there any feedback regarding results on the projects we help fund?
A: We will be posting updates from our partners on the most recently completed projects at groupcares.com and we’ll also post updates on our Group VBS Facebook page.
Q: Can I donate for OK2K even if I’m not using a Group VBS?
A: Absolutely. Just use the “Donate” link on groupcares.org.
If you wish to send a check or money order, please mail to:
1515 Cascade Ave
Loveland, CO 80538