In a remote, rural area of Guatemala, nine-year-old Blanca loves learning to draw at school with her friends. 

Child sponsorship is helping girls like Blanca realise their full potential.

But around the world, there are millions of girls who are still missing out on education.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced their schools to close. 

As schools slowly open again in many countries, girls are struggling to return to their classrooms as they face further poverty and care work responsibilities in a pandemic.

We know that when girls get an education, they and their families can thrive, and entire communities benefit. That’s why, when you sponsor a girl with ActionAid, you know your sponsorship is helping to lift communities out of poverty - for good.

Your sponsorship is the start of an amazing friendship. You’ll be able to send letters all the way to your sponsored girl's community, and you’ll receive photos as she grows up. 

At every step of the journey, you’ll see the amazing difference you’re making. 

Sponsor a child for just 65p a day and see the difference you can make to children and their communities. 

Will you give the gift of child sponsorship, and help invest in a girl’s future?

Child sponsorship during coronavirus

Our child sponsorship programme is even more vital now during the Covid-19 pandemic. We urgently need more sponsors to help us reach more children.

Usually, your sponsorship money would directly fund vital work in your sponsored child’s community. If there is an exceptional need your money could be spent in another area of your child’s country. Right now, we may use part of your donations to respond to the devastating impact of coronavirus.

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What happens when I 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.

Read our frequently asked questions

What will my child sponsorship pay for?

  • Food

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

  • Education

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

  • Clean water

    Building wells, purifying water sources, and better sanitation facilities

  • Healthcare

    Medical and dental clinics, basic medical supplies and health education

What child sponsorship can do: Purna’s story

Purna is a midwife and has two daughters. Here she’s holding up a photo of herself aged 12, when she was sponsored through ActionAid. 

Growing up in rural Nepal, Purna’s family were very poor - her family couldn't afford to send her to school. But with the help of her sponsor, Purna was able to go to school and fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse, then a midwife. 

Purna has now helped to deliver hundreds of babies, saved many lives and cared for many more mothers and children.

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.”



How is my sponsorship money spent?

  • 80% of the donations we receive through child sponsorship goes overseas (while 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.
  • The remaining 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.

I'm ready to sponsor a child

Top image: Blanca a student excitedly draws a picture for her sponsor in the UK during ActionAid's annual child message collection, Jalacte, Guatemala. Karin Schermbrucker/ActionAid Other photos: Sharron Lovell, Greg Funnell, Nicolas Axelrod, Caroline Thomas, Savann Oeurm, Des Willie, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Celia Peterson / ActionAid.

Page updated 15 June 2021