24 August 2016
Sponsoring a child is life-changing. Life-changing for the child, but life-changing for the sponsor too! We asked ActionAid child sponsors across the UK why they love sponsoring a child, and why they think you will too.
Making a lasting difference
Lots of sponsors told us that they sponsor a child because they wanted their monthly donation to transform a child's life, and their community.
@ActionAidUK me and my mum sponsor a child. It's amazing to see how such small amounts of our ££ can make a huge difference to lives :)— rotatokitten (@Rotatokitten) July 17, 2016
@ActionAidUK and it's not just the child you are helping. It's their entire community.— rotatokitten (@Rotatokitten) July 17, 2016
@ActionAidUK I hate the thought of any child living in poverty; it makes you feel you are helping in some way when you hear from the child.— Lesley (@cricshaw) July 16, 2016
Actor James Purefoy explains why he sponsors a child
James Purefoy has been a child sponsor with ActionAid for many years. He sent us this lovely video explaining why he thinks it's such a great thing to do.
Building a special relationship through letters and updates
Sponsors said that they loved getting letters from their sponsored child, to see how they are getting on at school and at home.
@ActionAidUK I love hearing from them in their own words— Meexhell (@dismantledgrrl) July 16, 2016
Received a letter from the child I sponsor through @ActionAidUK, always makes my day a lot better when knowing he is is all okay!— alex (@alex810_) August 25, 2015
Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes' child sponsorship story
Many people have different reasons for wanting to sponsor a child - but Sir Ranulph Fiennes' reason is one of the most original we've heard yet!
Connecting children across the world
Schools also shared with us why sponsoring a child makes a big difference to children in the UK, who love writing to their new friends in different countries and learning about their lives.
Our school sponsors Richard from Tanzania. He is the same age as many pupils, likes football, loves maths, and wants to be a doctor. He lost his parents to AIDS, and feels responsible for his two younger siblings. The children have written to Richard, and have been delighted to receive letters back. This individual and personal tie has made the difference to so many of our children.
Denise Harris, Cranford Church of England Primary School.
Right now, 2930 children are waiting to be sponsored. For just 65p a day, you too can change a child’s life for good when you become a sponsor with ActionAid. Find out more about sponsoring a child today.