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Hello, my name is Lavendah
Gender: girl | My age: 9 |
My home: Keembe, Zambia
My birthday is on the 1st July and I have 1 brother and 3 sisters. My favourite game is playing ball games. In Keembe life is hard for children like me. But sponsor me today and you can change my world for good.
I live in Keembe, Zambia
I live in a village in north-west Zambia. Growing up here, we face hunger, sickness and struggle to get an education for a good start in life.
Change my world
Life is hard for me, but here’s how your sponsorship will change my life and bring me hope.
We struggle to grow enough food to eat and live in fear of hunger.
Your sponsorship will provide training, tools and seeds to help families feed themselves.
We get sick from drinking dirty water.
Your support will help provide safe, clean drinking water close to home and school.
Our schools are overcrowded and teachers are poorly trained.
Your sponsorship will help train teachers and improve primary schools.
"Meeting my sponsored child was one of the best days of my life"
Amanda from Buckinghamshire has been a sponsoring children for nearly 30 years.
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Why sponsor a girl?
Sponsoring a girl could be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Our child sponsorship programmes tackle deep-rooted issues, to give girls the opportunities that we take for granted in the UK.
Give girls access to healthcare
Around the world girls often suffer worse health than their brothers. Sons are more likely to be taken to clinics and immunised. Unfortunately, parents can see investment in their daughter as a waste as it’s the family she marries into that will reap the benefits.
Provide girls with better nutrition
It’s not uncommon for girls to be less nourished than boys, particularly in countries in South and South East Asia. Food can be allocated according to status rather than need, which means mothers and daughters eat less than fathers and boys.
Give girls the right to an education
Girls are less likely to receive an education than boys. In a number of countries, girls are more likely to drop out of school than boys to help at home, or be married at an early age.
We know that educated girls have better opportunities. They can earn higher wages. They’re likely to marry later, and have healthier pregnancies and safer births. And their own children are likely to be healthier and to get an education too.
Prevent pregnancy related deaths
Child marriage causes lifelong psychological, physical and economic problems, especially when early pregnancies are involved. Pregnancy complications are the leading cause of death for 15-19 year old girls worldwide.
Please sponsor a girl and save a childhood today.
World Vision is the world’s largest, international children’s charity. We have over 60 years’ experience working with parents and communities to improve the lives of their children. Our organisation upholds the highest levels of transparency and accountability. We build relationships, trust and give families the tools to help themselves and future generations. But this work takes time, effort and commitment. Our programmes within a community usually last for 10 to 15 years.
The impact of child-focused community development is long-lasting and along the way children’s health improves, communities become more resilient and families gain hope.
£26 per month is what it costs for us to do this well. And it works.
We work with national governments and other international agencies to identify the regions and communities that are most in need; the hardest places where the most vulnerable children live. We meet with community leaders and the wider community to understand their challenges and opportunities, and we develop a long-term plan together, to break the cycle of poverty.
The donation you give does not go directly to your sponsored child or family. That's because experience has taught us it’s more effective to use the money on projects that will benefit your child’s whole community, at the same time improving their personal wellbeing.
When you sponsor a child, you can write to each other, and you’ll have regular news from their community. The relationship could change both your lives. "I am so happy to have a friend in another country that I can write to and share pictures with," says Nareh from Armenia. “I am studying the Armenian alphabet. When I learn them all, I will teach them to my distant friend. I am so happy to have a friend in another country.”