MEET THE FOUNDER
Marisol Constanza is the Founder of Army of the Kind (AOTK), a humanitarian organization devoted to serving families living in poverty around the world.
In 2007, Marisol served on her very first mission trip in the Dominican Republic. It was during that time, having witnessed extreme poverty first hand, Marisol felt a distinct call on her life to help eradicate poverty and share God’s love. In the following years, she continued serving on mission trips with her local church. However, after two more trips to the Dominican Republic, Marisol felt led to start a non-profit organization with a mission to help change communities by tackling the causes of poverty rather than only providing monetary help. Along with the support of her local church, AOTK was founded in 2011.
Since then, AOTK has built relationships with pastors, children and families in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Peru, Africa, Guatemala and Honduras. Under her leadership, AOTK started nutrition centers in the Dominican Republic and Peru. AOTK also sustains an orphanage in the Dominican Republic as well as an orphanage for children with special needs in Haiti. In 2015, Marisol opened a resale shop in Chicago (Let’s Change) as a social enterprise to help generate income for AOTK. All proceeds from the social enterprise fund the mission of AOTK. In the same year, she also launched a university program, which funds the education of young adults living in impoverished communities.
With the growth of AOTK, Marisol left her position at a local church and now devotes her time to leading AOTK full time. She currently leads over 30 team members and staff in the U.S. and around the world and directs various mission trips throughout the year. In addition to directing mission trips across seas, she supports the mission of the Chicago Dream Center (CDC) by coordinating all domestic short-term teams from around the nation who come to serve at the CDC. The Chicago Dream Center is a nonprofit with 14 ministries including outreach and 94 beds for societies most marginalized individuals including homeless children, single moms, high risk adolescent girls, those struggling with addiction and mental health and women ensnared in human trafficking.
Marisol also oversees numerous fundraisers, including an annual Gala, to raise funds for AOTK and seeks new sponsors for the growing list of children in need around the world.
Aside from helping the nutrition centers and orphanages, directing mission trips, fundraising and running a store, Marisol is a devoted and proud mother of two children.