Eight-year-old Hawa (pictured right) lives in a rural village in The Gambia. She’s one of the few children in her village who goes to school. 

Most families here and in other communities around the world, cannot afford to send their children to school. But child sponsorship is changing Hawa's life and the lives of many children.

When you sponsor a child, like Hawa, your generous Sadaqah Jariyah donation will provide food, water and education.

You will also be helping to make sure that a child’s whole community benefits from the sponsorship. Because we believe that children can only thrive when the environment around them supports them to grow and develop.

You'll receive handwritten letters and photos from your sponsored child, and detailed updates about them from ActionAid staff in the country where they live. Hawa says:

Whenever I sit down to do my message, it looks to me as if I am sitting face to face with my sponsor."

This Ramadan, sponsor a child for just 65p a day and see the difference you can make to children and their communities.


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What happens when you sponsor a child

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 of the journey you’ll go on together.

You’ll get two handwritten messages a year from your child telling you about them 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.

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What will my child sponsorship pay for?

  • Action Aid Porridge Feeding Program at Saunyama Primary School in Nyanga District ActionAid’s feeding programme is supplying 11 primary schools with enough porridge for lunch three days a week.


    Nutritious meals for children and seeds and livestock for families to grow their own food

  • Students Abigail (R) and Purity (L) in class at school in West Pokot, Kenya.


    Schoolbooks, fees, equipment and even a whole new school building in the sponsored child’s community

  • Puthy, a secure livelihood of model farmers thanks to ActionAid intervention.

    Clean water

    Building wells, purifying water sources, and better sanitation facilities

  • Improving birthing centers to strengthen communities


    Medical and dental clinics, basic medical supplies and health education

How is my sponsorship money spent?

How is my sponsorship money spent: doughnut-chart
  • 80%   +  
    of the donations we receive through child sponsorship goes overseas.
  • 20%  
    is spent in the UK on raising awareness and finding more supporters.

Of the 80% overseas gift:

    70% goes directly to your sponsored child’s community or, if there is an exceptional need such as a life-threatening emergency, another community within their country.
    30% is used to fund other vital work in developing countries, and running child sponsorship so that you can receive messages from your sponsored child, and hear how your gift is changing lives.

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About ActionAid

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls.

We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want. 

Top image: Eight-year-old Hawa (pictured right) and friend at school in a village in The Gambia. Photo credit: Sutay Njie/ActionAid. Credits: Paul Evans/ActionAid. Other photos: Sharron Lovell, Greg Funnell, Nicolas Axelrod, Caroline Thomas, Savann Oeurm, Des Willie, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Celia Peterson/ActionAid.

Page updated 11 March 2022