Sponsor a child and change their life for good
Child Sponsorship is a unique relationship, that brings real hope and a life-affirming experience. It gives children and their communities life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and education. In places of extreme poverty simple things like running water and healthcare are a lifeline that everyone needs.
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Sarifa's life in Niger
Sarifa’s daily needs:
For children like Sarifa, growing up in Komabangou, hunger and malnutrition are facts of life. Families don’t know how to grow enough food for their hungry children. Many children in the area leave school early to work and help the family earn a living. Those who remain in education must study hard to succeed despite overcrowded classrooms and poorly-trained teachers.
- Children don't get enough food to eat, and often go hungry.
- Parents can't afford to buy clothing and school books for their children.
- Schools are overcrowded and teachers are poorly trained.
Your sponsorship can change Sarifa's world, and her community, for good.
How Sponsorship Helps
When you sponsor a child for £26 a month you change a child's life but you'll be helping many. You'll transform their life by creating lasting changes for their entire community. Your donations will be combined with those from other sponsors to equip the community with clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education and ways to earn a living - everything they need to give their children a healthy, happy childhood. Learn more about how Child Sponsorship works.
We listen to the child's community and understand what they need.
We work with the community to create a long-term action plan to make life better for children.
We make sure immediate needs are met, and then move on to deliver deeper more lasting changes.
We train volunteers, empower local groups, and provide resources and support to make lasting change.
Protect vulnerable children from coronavirus
We must prevent the spread of coronavirus to protect vulnerable children from a future they don’t deserve. A future where they may be orphaned, forced out of education, onto the streets and into child labour or child marriage.
By sponsoring a child, you'll bring hope to a child and their whole community in one of the world’s poorest places. Places most vulnerable to crises like these. You will help ensure they are equipped with the basics of life, and can protect themselves against disease every day, but especially when emergencies like this strike.
What happens if your sponsored child is in a community affected by COVID-19?
What will your donation actually change?
Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, four more children benefit, too. Depending on the priority needs in your child’s community, as a sponsor you will be improving lives by providing:
Water and hygiene
Each year children die from diseases caught by drinking dirty water. Water and soap are essential if we’re to fight the spread of coronavirus. World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds.
We save lives by training volunteer healthcare assistants, vaccinating children, and working with vulnerable families to help protect their children from infection and disease, including coronavirus. We also help them access healthcare services.
We deliver nutrition programmes and farmers' schools, teaching new techniques to grow stronger crops, protect the soil and grow kitchen gardens - helping families feed their children and saving millions of lives around the world.
Education can transform a child’s life. We’re improving basic literacy and numeracy and working alongside communities to help them better understand their children's rights, and raise their voices to protect and provide for their children.
We provide training in new skills, and support mothers to start their own businesses helping provide a stable income so children and families can have better nutrition, healthcare and greater access to education.
What makes child sponsorship special?
Why choose World Vision?
We're an international Christian, children’s charity. By working together with people of all faiths and none – children, their communities, and supporters and partners, we transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
We've 70 years of experience changing children's lives around the world
In 2019, UK donors transformed the lives of more than 2 million children
6,000 new sponsors joined us in the last year to change children's lives
UK sponsors support 42 communities across 19 countries
What do I get as a sponsor?
So what next?
Frequently Asked Questions
World Vision only works 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're 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.
Child 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. Learn more about how Child Sponsorship works.
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'll help give a child access to life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and education.
We work with a community, establishing together what work's needed, and set realistic goals for what can be achieved. If something's not working, we'll review it and change it. Whether it’s training people how to set up their own small business, drilling a borehole or developing irrigation systems with farmers to produce a better yield – we want lasting change so that communities are equipped to give their children the best start in life. More on how Child Sponsorship works.
The donation you give doesn't 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.
Sponsoring a child with World Vision costs just 85p a day, or £26 a month. And because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, 4 more children benefit too. Find out how.
In each community where we work, our staff and volunteers are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. We’re already adjusting to respond to the changing needs. There are three different scenarios where sponsored children live:
1. Our Child Sponsorship programmes are operating as usual and are already responding or are preparing to respond. In these communities, we’ll focus on preventing the spread of the virus and mitigating its effects. We're also working with health authorities to spread accurate information about coronavirus to our community partners.
2. Our Child Sponsorship programmes are operating, but with some restrictions. In these communities, we've paused some of our less time-critical work to limit close contact between children and other people, but all other work continues.
3. Our Child Sponsorship programmes are on hold and an emergency response is underway. Staff and volunteers are focusing on trying to keep the children we serve safe. This may include assisting with home learning if schools are closed, by providing school materials and activities, or preventing the separation or stigmatisation of children during treatment and isolation.
Learn more about our work to protect children from the spread of coronavirus.
We have 70 years of experience working with parents and communities to improve the lives of children. We’ve learnt a lot in that time, and we're 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 doesn't have access to clean water will inevitably have children that are unhealthy. Communities without ways for families to generate income, have more children that can't afford to go to school or eat. Communities that can't access 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 mindsets 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.
£26 per month is what it costs for us to do this, but it works. We know it works because we have 70 years experience of making it work.
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 of your lives. You’ll be able to see changes for yourself on your My Sponsorship account - a special place on our website with videos, photos and news from your sponsored child and their community. You can easily send messages to them on here too.
"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.”