Kids to Kids (K2K) is already making an enormous impact on the lives of kids in Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and El Salvador. Our projects promote creativity and fun, and provide kids with meaningful opportunities to discover their passions and learn valuable life lessons.

We’re so excited about the success of the Kids to Kids program that we’re expanding to SIX new countries this year! We’ve been working with our Youth Advisory Board, K2K Members and our trusted partners at the Peace Corps to identify new countries where our programs will have the most impact. The countries that we’ve selected will bring Kids to Kids to THREE NEW CONTINENTS!

Check out the list below and learn a bit about the issues confronting youth in our new countries.

Ecuador: Ecuador is a South American country super rich in biodiversity, but confronting many environmental problems such as deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. Kids in Ecuador also face a variety of challenges like high rates of teenage pregnancy and low rates of high school enrollment.

Mali: Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. Located in Western Africa, 45% of the population is under the age of 15, and these youth face many challenges such as very high illiteracy rates and very low school enrollment rates.

Morocco: Morocco is a large country in North Africa with a very big youth population. One major challenge for youth in Morocco is the difference in education between boys and girls: girls are much less likely to be enrolled in school than boys and much more likely to be illiterate.

Peru: Peru is a South American country with a rapidly growing population and magnificent environmental and cultural diversity. Peru also has a large youth population, many of whom drop out of school before completing high school.

Philippines: The Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world, and over 35% of the population is under the age of 15. That’s over 32 million kids!. It also suffers from a very high rate of poverty, with almost 50% of the population living on less than $2 per day.

Rwanda: Rwanda is a small country in Central Africa with a difficult history. Over 90% of the population lives in poverty on less than $2 per day, and over 45% of that population is under the age of 15. HIV/AIDS education is an important priority for youth in Rwanda.

With your help (read: donate now!), we are looking forward to supporting Kids to Kids projects in all of these countries. Join us in spreading the good news and in creating opportunities for kids everywhere to participate in arts, sports, education and environmental projects!

PS - And if you haven't voted yet, hop to it! Online voting for the current round of K2K projects will be open until April 10, 2010!