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How Sponsorship Works

If you had the power to change the future for one child… what would you do?

Nancy watched as all her friends were forced to grow up too fast.
One by one they left school to become child brides until she was the only girl left in her class.
Nancy worried her family would not be able to afford to keep her in school either – but then one person changed her life.

Watch Nancy’s story below

Experience the joy of changing a child's life.

Do something wonderful today and experience a one to one relationship with your child.

Protect a vulnerable child, like Nancy before it’s too late…
…because a lost childhood can’t be replaced.
Childhood is sacred. Protect it.

Sponsor a child

Why choose World Vision?

We are working in almost 100 countries to bring real hope, to millions of children in the world’s hardest places.

How sponsorship changes lives

Each community has different needs, but from £26 per month you will be providing them with:

What do I get as a sponsor?

This week

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!

Next week

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.

Within two weeks

You’ll receive a welcome pack with more information, a writing set and two friendship bracelets - one for you to send to your child and one to keep.

In 12 weeks time

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.

On your child’s birthday and at Christmas

We’ll send you a card that you can add a message to for you sponsored child. Don’t be surprised if these arrive a couple of months before the big day - it’s just to make sure they get there in time.

Once a year

We’ll send you a progress update every year, including:

  • A new photo so you can see how they’ve grown
  • An update on how their life is changing
  • Details on how your donations have been used in the community that year
  • A note or drawing from your sponsored child.

You can visit your child

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 publicly 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.

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.

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

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 like receiving letters because it helps me to know the world of my sponsor, what she likes and it shows the love between us. It also helps me in school with my writing and reading," says Phabian, 10 from Kenya.


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