Sponsor a girl today and
change a life of a child for good
Help bring lasting change to a girl living in poverty
- Gender: Girl
- My age: 5
- My hobby: playing handball
Mercy lives in Malawi, Africa, where almost nine out of 10 families survive on subsistence farming alone. Due to regular flooding and droughts, this livelihood often leaves families and their children hungry and without the basics of life. Just one of the ways your support will help is by enabling World Vision to work closely with communities helping them develop better ways of farming to provide nutritious food all year round.
When you sponsor me you’ll be helping to give me a brighter future, and over time, as my sponsor, you’ll be able to see and hear about how you are helping to change my life. You can even send me a card on my birthday, which I’ll love!
Help make a difference to Mercy by sponsoring her today.
How sponsoring a girl helps
Amanda from Buckinghamshire has been a World Vision child sponsor for nearly 30 years. Watch her video to find out what child sponsorship means to Amanda and her family.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SPONSOR A GIRL TODAY
Sponsoring a girl could be one of the most important decisions you ever make. Our child sponsorship programmes in world’s poorest places such as Bangladesh and Sierra Leone aim to tackle deep-rooted problems that we take for granted in the UK.
Giving Girls Access to Healthcare
Some parents can see investment in their daughter as a waste, as the family into which she marries are the ones who will reap the benefits. For example, a son is more likely to be taken to a health clinic and involved in immunisation programmes, despite the fact that daughters are often in poorer health.
Providing Girls with Better Nutrition
Food may be allocated according to status rather than need, which means that mothers and daughters may eat less than men and boys. It is not uncommon for girls to be more under-nourished than boys, particularly in countries in South and South East Asia.
Giving 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 fulfil domestic responsibilities, including for those who have been married at an early age. Studies have shown that educated girls have better opportunities to earn higher wages. They are likely to marry later, and less likely to die during pregnancy or child birth. They will typically have fewer children who will be healthier, and are more likely to send those children to school.
Stopping child marriage
Child marriage is another practice that can cause lifelong psychological as well as physical and economic problems, especially those resulting from early pregnancies. Pregnancy-related deaths are the leading cause of mortality for 15-19 year old girls worldwide. Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die in child birth than women in their twenties. In Bangladesh 32% of girls are married before the age of 15, 24% in Ethiopia, 17% in Mozambique, 36% in Niger and 19% in Sierra Leone.
A little help goes a long way
Just 75p a day makes such a big difference. Not just to your sponsored child, but also in your child’s community, improving the quality of life for everyone – now and into the future. Community based projects that help transform children’s lives include:
Your sponsorship can help families to protect their children from sexual and/or commercial exploitation, armed conflict and child trafficking.
Nutritious food is a vital building block for children’s growth and development to survive and grow.
Clean, Safe Water
Dirty water is one of the biggest killers of children under fives. Together we can help communities gain access to clean, safe water and good sanitation.
Every year 6.9 million children die before their fifth birthday. Your sponsorship can help children gain access to essential healthcare treatment.
Education provides children opportunities to escape poverty, gain a voice in the community, and experience a better quality of life.
Care for HIV and AIDS
World Vision UK is currently providing support to more than 800,000 children affected by HIV and AIDS through counselling and access to testing.
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See the difference you make
Within the first seven days of your sponsorship, you’ll receive a welcome pack from us. It will provide you with lots of information about your sponsored child and their community, including photos, so you can find out more about how your child lives – giving you a real glimpse into their world. You can also send a card to your child, introducing you and your family to them.
At Christmas and birthdays, you’re also able to add your own special message to the cards we send you for your sponsored child. We’ll keep you up-to-date with how your child is doing and send you the latest news from their community.
After around 12 weeks the child you have sponsored will send you a letter to say hello. You can write to him or her as often as you like.Begin your journey as a child sponsor now
Sue and Paul sponsor Leoncia in Bolivia
When Sue and Paul travelled to Bolivia to see Leoncia, she was touched by the warmth and friendliness of her community and the hope she had brought to her sponsored child.
“It was incredibly humbling to see the harsh reality of daily lives in such a barren environment, to hear Leoncia’s aspirations of becoming a teacher and be made to feel so welcome by everyone in her village. Every member of the team and community representatives made a speech of thanks for our support and visit. In turn we passed on our thanks for their hospitality and congratulated the team on how much they had achieved in such a relatively short time.”
Real hope for children in poverty
World Vision brings real hope to children in some of the world’s hardest places as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love. We work with governments, local authorities, community groups and individuals to bring lasting change to the lives of millions of children. In whatever we do, we place a special emphasis on ensuring the needs and rights of children are met, because they are often the hardest hit by conflict, disaster and chronic poverty.
Join us in helping children have a better life.Sponsor a World Vision child now
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I be sure my money gets through to those who need it?
World Vision only work within countries where we have our own offices; this way, we ensure that we can fully account for all the money that we receive. We have audited accounts that are publically available at any time. As a charity, we are regulated by the Charities Commission – a legal body, which oversees all UK charities and their activities. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and we know that the continued support we receive is dependent on our efficient use of supporters’ money. Our Annual Report is available to anyone who requests it.
How do you select the children who will be sponsored?
In every case, it is the community members themselves who decide which children will become sponsored and represent their community.
How do you select which communities to work with?
We work with national governments and other international agencies to identify the regions and communities that are most in need, some of the hardest places where the most vulnerable children live. We then meet with community leaders and the wider community to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that exist for them and we develop a long-term plan together, to break the cycle of poverty.
How does child sponsorship work?
Sponsorship brings much needed change to more than just one child — the benefits you help provide extends to each child's family, their community and other children in need. This is because World Vision partners, plans and works alongside local community members to help build healthy, sustainable communities for vulnerable children in the world’s hardest places.
How does sponsorship help children?
Millions of children around the world need help to break the never-ending cycle of poverty. Hunger weakens them. Unsafe drinking water makes them sick. Missing out on an education can stop them from reaching their potential.
As a sponsor, you will help provide a child with sustainable access to life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and education.
How? We work with a community, establishing together what work is required, and setting realistic goals for what can be achieved. If something's not working, we'll review it and change it.
Whether it’s training people in how to set up their own small business, drilling a bore hole or developing irrigation systems with farmers to produce a greater yield – we want sustainable change so that communities are equipped to give their children the best start in life.
How is my donation used?
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 sponsored child’s community as a whole, at the same time improving the wellbeing of the child you sponsor.
What do I receive when I sponsor a child?
Every child’s sponsor receives:
- A welcome pack with a photo and information about your sponsored child
- The opportunity to write and receive letters, send birthday and Christmas cards as well as email your child
- Annual progress reports about the child you sponsor and their community
- New and regular photos of your child and their community
Why should I choose World Vision over other child sponsorship charities? Especially when you ask for more per month?
We have 60 years experience of working with parents and communities to improve the lives of children. We’ve learnt a lot in that time, and we are very good at it.
We help to change a child’s life by working with the community where they live. Children are often the first to feel the impact of poverty. Being community based means that World Vision’s development experts work with the whole community to address their priorities for improving the lives of their children.
The challenges that communities face keep their children from reaching their full potential. For example, a community that does not have access to clean water will inevitably have children that are unhealthy. Communities without adequate ways for families to generate income, have more children that cannot afford to go to school or eat. Communities that do not have adequate access to government services like healthcare and birth registration are limited in what they can provide for their children.
However, building a better community for children takes time. It involves things like building trusting relationships so we can work together, teaching people new skills and providing them with the right tools. It also includes transforming mind sets and looking at the importance of doing things differently so their children can have better futures. Our work within a community usually stretches over 10-15 years. The impact of child-focused community development is ongoing and along the way children’s health improves, communities become more resilient and families gain hope for their children.
£22.80 per month is what it costs for us to do this, but it works. We know it works, because we have 60 years experience of making it work.
Will I get to know my sponsored child?
You'll be given the opportunity to find out how your child is doing alongside regular news from their community that will help you build a relationship that 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.”