Dr David Kenneth Waldman had an epiphany that changed his life during a trip to Thailand in 1990. He had traveled to the northern Mekong River region to visit a young girl he had been sponsoring financially through a nonprofit organization, Plan International. “As I stood on a dirt road looking up at her small house on stilts, I had a sudden realization; I turned to the guide next to me and said, ‘I know what I’m going to do with the rest of my life. I’m going to create a foundation for children.’ ” To Love Children is dedicated to the girl child living in poverty. You are the raison d'être for our work. Saddened that Rebecca and Mack Waldman are not alive to share the nachas (joy) of the work TLC has done in the world. To Love Children follows the Jewish cultural tradition of (Tikkun Olam), Repairing the World. I honor their memory by devoting To Love Children to Tikkun Olam
Created out of a passion to help the poorest, most vulnerable, and marginalized girls with sustainable educational development opportunities To Love Children’s focus comes from extensive research and Waldman's personal experience working in India and Africa. Waldman decided to focus his efforts on the most marginalized and poorest girls in the world because they often do not have the same educational opportunities as boys. He believes that when you educate a girl it breaks their cycle of poverty.
July 25, 2002, Dr. David Kenneth Waldman founded To Love Children Educational Foundation International Inc (TLC) registered in the state of California as a 501(c) 3 international nongovernmental organization (NGO). TLC obtained special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 2006. Waldman has few heroes, but Robert F. Kennedy inspired how he would come to visualize social change: "Human history is shaped each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. Some men see things as they are and ask why? I dream things that never were and ask, Why not?