Why sponsor a child with ActionAid?

We’re experts in child sponsorship. We’ve been transforming lives around the world for 40 years, working with children, communities and sponsors to earn their trust. This means we achieve as much as possible with every pound you give us, to bring real change that lasts.

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  • 1 You’ll be a child’s only sponsor and form a real relationship with them.
  • 2 Through photos and letters you’ll get a unique insight into their life.
  • 3 You’ll see the difference your £15 a month makes to your child and their community.

What you get as a sponsor

As soon as you sign up, we’ll send you a photo of the child you’re sponsoring and the story of their life so far. Then you’ll get two handwritten messages a year from your child, along with updates about how they’re getting on from our staff on the ground. And you can write back to them. You’ll get a new photo every two years, so you can see your child grow up.

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Where does my money go?

80% of your sponsorship money goes overseas (20% is spent in the UK on public education and finding more sponsors).

Your money supports your sponsored child’s community, and the community decides what the money should be spent on. That might be a well so the whole village has clean water. It could pay for school books or maybe even fund the building of a classroom so your child can get an education. We’ll send you detailed updates on how your money’s being spent so you can see how your sponsorship is changing lives.

Watch this video to see how sponsorship has helped 11-year-old Concilie.

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How sponsorship helps children

Helen Davies, 34, from Manchester, has been sponsoring MwanaArafa, a girl in Tanzania, for six years. Helen told us:

“I decided to sponsor MwanaArafa because I just wanted to give something back. I chose ActionAid because your goals and issues really resonated with me – especially helping girls to get an education.

Over the years what I’ve enjoyed the most about sponsoring MwanaArafa is receiving her letters. They started off as pictures when she was young, but she started to write a few words and then her letters became neater and longer.

When I visited her in Tanzania it was so great to actually see the school that my sponsorship had help to build.

It’s really clear to me that sponsorship is not just for the one child that you’re connected with – the whole of MwanaArafa’s community benefits from the school.”

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Countries where children urgently need your support:

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a dangerous place to be a child. Years of war, conflict and poverty mean that children often don’t go to school or have a safe home. But we’re helping to give children in Afghanistan a better future and by sponsoring just one child, you can too.

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DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the poorest country in the world. Years of civil war and conflict have left thousands of children scared, hungry and sick. Sponsorship is the best way to give them a safe, secure future.

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Malawi

Only 1 in 10 children go to secondary school in Malawi. But we’re slowly changing that through child sponsorship. You can help give a child in Malawi an education and a better future when you decide to sponsor there.

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Ghana

In Ghana, 70% of people depend on farming to survive. But because of regular droughts and floods, many families don’t have enough food to eat – and there’s no money to send their children to school.

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Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, was isolated from the rest of the world for many years. Under the country’s repressive governmental regime, children were often forced into child labour. Now, as the country opens up, we can help these children through sponsorship.

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The Gambia

Almost half of the Gambia’s population lives below the poverty line, on less than £1 a day, and many children grow up malnourished. Sponsoring a child in the Gambia means that they and their family will get enough to eat.

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Photos: Kate Holt/ActionAid

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