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Sponsor a child for Christmas

Help a child in need this Christmas, give a gift that lasts a lifetime

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Sponsor Tahirou

Gender: boy | My age: 6
My home: Sirba, Niger

My birthday is on the 1st January and I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. My favourite game is playing football. In Sirba life is hard for children like me. But sponsor me today and you can help change my life.

Every child is precious and brimming with potential. But too many are suffering.

This Christmas, you can transform a child's life by giving the gift of sponsorship.

No child should go hungry, sleep without a roof over their head, or drink dirty water. We believe all children are a gift and deserve to be safe, cared for, and go to school. That's why we work tirelessly around the world to bring this vision to life. So far we've impacted the lives of over 200 million vulnerable children by tackling the root causes of poverty.

When you sponsor a child for £26 a month, you help their family and other vulnerable children live in a healthier, safer community. 

When you sponsor a child, you'll change their life - and yours too. You'll get letters and photos from your child and see the transformation in their community. By becoming part of your sponsored child's life, you'll experience first-hand the joy of watching them grow and reach their true potential - thanks to you.


Experience this life-changing journey and sponsor a child today.

How does child sponsorship work?

When you sponsor a child this Christmas, you'll be their only sponsor.  You'll get to know each other through letters and you'll receive drawings, videos, and regular updates about their progress and the work in the community. As a sponsor, you'll experience the following: 

How does child sponsorship help?

By sponsoring a child, you'll be giving children and their communities life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and education. For just £26 a month, you're giving the gift that lasts a lifetime - for your sponsored child, and for you.

Sponsoring a child changes two lives - the child's and yours

Meet our sponsors - see how child sponsorship has changed the lives of long-time sponsors Harriet and Shemi, and actor Amanda Redman.


Actor and ambassador Amanda Redman began sponsoring with World Vision in 1997 when her daughter Emily was 9. Emily and their sponsored child Diaw developed an incredible bond as they both grew older.


Shemi and her family have sponsored two children over the course of 14 years. Her and her children have loved receiving letters and finding out about the lives of Racheal and Vincent as they grew up.

Harriet began sponsoring a child over ten years ago. Even with two young children she finds it rewarding to see her sponsored child grow and learn through letters and photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.”

You can manage your sponsorship online via World Vision’s unique My Sponsorship portal. Here you can learn more about the community, meet other sponsors via social media, read blogs from other supporters, send messages to your child and even arrange a once in a lifetime visit to meet them.

It costs £26 a month to sponsor a child. As well as supporting their education, health  and nutrition, your gift will improve the lives of their community. It’s possible to give more if you wish and you can send letters, cards and small gifts to your child too.

You can sponsor a child by signing up securely online. You will be asked to provide your contact details and direct debit payment information. The sponsorship donation will be debited from your account each month on a date of your choosing. Once you've signed up, you will be invited to the My Sponsorship portal where you can manage your sponsorship, send letters to your child, meet other sponsors and more. 

Sponsor a child for Christmas