With ActionAid sponsorship, you’re the only sponsor that child has. So you will have a very personal connection, and get a unique insight into their life.
As soon as you sign up to be a sponsor, we’ll send you a welcome pack with a photo of the child you’re sponsoring and their story so far. And that’s just the start the journey you’ll go on together.
You’ll get two handwritten messages a year from your child telling you about themself and their life – they might be letters, drawings, or postcards – plus detailed updates about how they’re getting on from our staff in their country.
You can write back to your sponsored child. Over time you’ll get a new photo at special milestones so you can see them grow and thrive.
You can even sponsor a child as a gift for a friend or family member. Just tell us a few details and we'll set everything for you.
80% of your sponsorship money goes overseas. (20% is spent in the UK on public education and finding more sponsors). And in the country where your child lives, their community decides what the money should be spent on.
You can be sure we’ll achieve as much as possible with every pound you give us. And you’ll be able to see the difference you're making through the regular updates we’ll send on how your money’s being spent.
“It’s amazing to see what a difference such a small amount of money a month can make to a whole community”.
Richard Jordan, ActionAid child sponsor
Many children in developing countries go hungry every day, and often have to travel long distances to collect water.
We’ll make sure your sponsored child has nutritious food to eat, clean water to drink, and a safe place to call home: the basics that every child needs to grow and thrive.
Sponsoring a child helps them get the high-quality education they’re entitled to. Your sponsorship might pay for their schoolbooks, fees, uniform or equipment, or make sure they can get to school safely.
It could even pay for desks, a classroom or a whole new school building in the village or town where your child lives.
Child sponsorship doesn’t just help one child – it helps other children and families in their community to transform their lives too.
Our staff live and work in the area where your child is growing up. So they’re perfectly placed to know what your child and their community needs right now - and crucially, what will help them most in the long-term - and they work together to make these improvements happen.
When you sponsor a child with ActionAid, you’ll find out it’s one of the best ways to help a child out of poverty and give them the tools for a better future. You’ll see at every step of your journey how your support brings real and lasting change for your child and their community.
Purna is a midwife and a mother. Here she’s holding up a photo of herself aged 12 – when she was sponsored and her life changed forever.
Growing up in rural Nepal, Purna’s family were very poor. Her mother couldn’t afford to send her to school. But then a sponsor stepped in, and that money paid for school clothes, paper and pencils.
So Purna got to go to school, finish her education and fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse, and then a midwife. Now she practises in a health clinic.
She’s helped to deliver hundreds of babies, saved many lives and provided medicine and care to many more mothers and children. She also has two daughters of her own. One is a nurse and the other is studying for her MD.
“Being without education is like being blind. [But my sponsor] opened my eyes. Because of them I was also able to open the eyes of my children. Education is very important.”
Photo credits: Karin Schermbrucker, Greg Funnell, Nicolas Axelrod, Caroline Thomas, Savann Oeurm, Des Willie, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati / ActionAid.