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Child sponsorship is a unique relationship, that brings real hope and a life-affirming experience. Sponsorship gives children and their communities life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and education. And it lasts. Sponsor a child and save a childhood today.
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By searching orphans you will only see children who have lost one or more parents (this definition contrasts with
concepts of orphan in many industrialized countries, where a child must have lost both parents to qualify as an
orphan. UNICEF and numerous international organizations adopted the broader definition of orphan).
Hello, I’m Mariama
Gender: Girl | My age: 4 | My home: Tegloma, Sierra Leone
My birthday is on the 5th April. My favourite game is playing with dolls. In Tegloma life is hard for children like me. But sponsor me today and you can change my world for good.
For children like Mariama, growing up in Tegloma, malnutrition and the fear of disease are facts of life. With no proper protection in place, children don’t always feel safe, and are scared of abuse. Children who are able to attend school struggle as there is no access to clean water, no toilets and classrooms are overcrowded.
Your sponsorship can change Mariama's world, and her community, for good.
When you sponsor a child for £26 a month it brings much needed change to one child… and many more. The benefits you help provide, extend to your child's family, their community and other children in need. This is because we partner, plan and work alongside local community members to help build healthy, sustainable communities for vulnerable children in the world’s hardest places.
We listen to the child's community and help to identify their main needs.
We work with the community to develop a long-term action plan.
We make sure immediate needs are met, then move on to start the process of deeper, sustainable change.
We train volunteers, empower local groups, and provide resources and support for the community to make changes that will last long into the future.
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:
Each year children are dying from diseases caught by drinking dirty water. World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and brings clean water to three more schools every day.
We save lives by training volunteer health care assistants, bringing vaccination programmes, and working with families to help protect their children from infection and disease ensuring the most vulnerable have access to 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.
When you sponsor a child, you transform their life by helping to create lasting changes for their entire community
We work with whole communities to understand what they need.
We then work together to plan and deliver the changes that will make life better for them and their children - now and always.
We are the world’s largest international children’s charity, working to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places.
We have 60 years of experience changing the lives of children around the world
In 2017, UK donors transformed the lives of more than 4 million children
Over 4,000 new sponsors joined us in the last year
We have 43 community projects across 19 countries
You can exchange letters of support and learn about your child’s progress. You could even visit your child.
Meanwhile, the friendship you build together will bring them real hope and encouragement, helping them reach their full potential.
By following your child's progress you'll be part of their life and see first-hand the difference you’re making.
Sign up to My Sponsorship - your online account where you'll find updates, news and
videos from your sponsored child and their community. You can even email your child,
send them photos or find out what the weather is like where they live!
Within the first week of signing up, we’ll email you a video of your sponsored child’s
community giving you an insight into their daily life.
You’ll receive a welcome pack with more information, a writing set and two
bracelets - one for you to send to your child and one to keep.
You'll have received your very first letter from your sponsored child. You can write to
them anytime by post or online via My Sponsorship. We'll translate and hand-deliver
every message and you'll always get a reply.
We’ll send you a card that you can add a message to for you sponsored child. Don’t be
if these arrive a couple of months before the big day - it’s just to make sure they get
there in time.
We’ll send you a progress update every year, including:
Visiting your sponsored child is a great way to see for yourself the difference that
sponsorship makes. You can experience first-hand the transformation that your
generosity can bring to a community living in poverty.
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.
In every case, it is the community members themselves who decide which children will become sponsored and represent their community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsoring a child with World Vision costs just 85p a day, or £26 a month. And because of our community-focussed solutions, for every child you help, 4 more children benefit too. Find out how
If you’re thinking of sponsoring a child, but don’t know where to begin, we can help. Click here to find out how.
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.£26 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.
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.”
For more information see how child sponsorship works