A sponsored child in India smiles at the camera leaning her head in her hand

Child Sponsorship FAQs

Your questions about sponsoring a child - answered.

About Child Sponsorship

  • Child Sponsorship pairs you with a vulnerable child in a community World Vision is working within. Your regular donations help transform their life and you have the privilege of watching them grow.

    You empower our community projects in the sponsored child’s community to improve their quality of life. This includes access to clean water, protecting them from child marriage and violence, ensuring they go to school and helping with healthcare and nutrition. 

    Meanwhile, you build a special, personal relationship with the child, receiving letters and drawings if you would like to. You’ll see an entire community transform and become self-sufficient, all through the eyes of one child.

  • You can easily sign up to sponsor a child on the Sponsor a Child page or by calling our Supporter Care Team on 01908 84 10 10. 

  • World Vision has had a Child Sponsorship programme for more than 70 years, we pair donors with a vulnerable child who needs protection and empowerment.

    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 cycle of poverty. Hunger weakens them. Unsafe drinking water makes them sick. Missing out on an education can stop them from reaching their potential. And now, many communities live in fear of a potentially devastating coronavirus outbreak. 

    As a sponsor, you'll help give a child access to life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare and education. Meet some of the sponsored children whose lives have changed.

    We work with a community, establishing together what work is needed, 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 how to set up their own small business, drilling a borehole to supply clean water, or developing irrigation systems with farmers to produce more crops – we want lasting change so that communities are equipped to give their children the best start in life. Read more about how Child Sponsorship works.

  • All of World Vision's work begins with listening to communities in need. Community leaders work with us to identify the most vulnerable children and families who will benefit from Child Sponsorship.

  • World Vision only works within countries where we have our own offices so we can be sure that we can account for all the money that we receive and how it is used.

    We have audited accounts that are publicly 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 here

  • 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, while still improving the well-being of the child you sponsor. 

  • Sponsoring a child with World Vision costs just 85p a day, or £26 a month. Our Child Sponsorship is community-led and community-focused so for every child you help, four more children benefit too. 

Shemi
I would say to someone who is thinking about sponsoring a child, go ahead and do it. It's the most life changing thing ever, it's absolutely brilliant

Shemi

Child Sponsor

You and your sponsored child

  • How involved you are in the life of your sponsored child is completely up to you. You’ll receive regular letters, photos, and updates from them, and you can write back and send small gifts if you wish. 

    Some of our sponsors - and their families - have built great friendships with their sponsored children, and even visited them. You can hear from Shemi about the relationship she and her sons had with their sponsored child, Vincent.

  • You'll be given the opportunity to find out how your child is doing and given regular news from their community, building a relationship that could change both of your lives.

    How much you want to know or be in contact is up to you. 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 there 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.” 

  • We work with communities for ten years or more, and we only move out when we're sure the community are ready to stand on their own two feet, continuing their development without us. Your sponsorship will usually last until your child reaches the age of eighteen or leaves education. But it also depends on how long we've been working with that community. 

    We'll keep you updated throughout your sponsorship when we're planning to move on from your child's community. If the project where you are sponsoring comes to an end, or you child moves on for any reason, we'll let you know and give you the opportunity to continue your sponsorship journey with a different child who needs the support of a sponsor.

  • If your circumstances change and you need to stop sponsoring a child, you can do so at any time. If you are thinking about cancelling your sponsorship, please get in touch with us, as there may be other ways in which you can continue your support. The child you sponsor will continue to benefit from the changes in their community and we will do our best to find a new sponsor for them. 

  • Absolutely! This is one of the best things about sponsoring with World Vision. We've got lots of top tips and guidelines on things to write and where to send them. Click here for all the information you need

  • Yes you can! We have many sponsors who have had an incredible experience visiting their sponsored child. Here are some of their stories. Making this happen requires a lot of preparation by everyone involved so we request a minimum of three months notice if you wish to visit your sponsored child. This allows our staff in the UK sufficient time to follow the official procedures with the World Vision office in the country of the visit. 

    For more about visiting the child, log in to your My Sponsorship account. 

    Please note: visits to sponsorship communities are temporarily on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

I am so happy to have a friend in another country that I can write to and share pictures with

Nareh

Sponsored child from Armenia

The community

  • We work with national governments and other international agencies to identify the regions and communities that are most in need and 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. Find out more about how Child Sponsorship works

  • When you sponsor a child, you’re helping the entire community in order to improve the life of that individual child - and the many others. We use Child Sponsorship to help connect you to the community. If you don’t feel comfortable choosing, you can choose a child by how long they've been waiting for a sponsor on our sponsorship page

    You can also support our work in other ways, by providing a single or monthly donation to our work in fragile contexts (areas that have been affected by war or natural disasters, and urgently need our help but are too unstable for our Child Sponsorship programmes). 

  • Our community-focused solutions ensure that no child is receiving ‘special treatment’ while others are feeling left out. In fact, we’ve worked out that for every child who is sponsored, four more benefit, too! When you sponsor a child, you’re helping an entire community to grow. 

  • Usually one child per family is enrolled in the sponsorship programme. This is because sponsored children are representatives of their community and we want as many families to be able to participate as possible. This can vary from project to project because ultimately we let the community members themselves decide. 

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