Sponsor a child | ActionAid UK

Begin your sponsorship

For just 65p a day, you can change a child’s life for good when you become a sponsor with ActionAid.

Your support would transform the life of a child like Sawera in Pakistan, by giving her enough to eat, an education and a brighter future.

As their only sponsor, you’ll have a special relationship with your sponsored child. Sponsor a child today and see for yourself the difference your support can make.

What do I get when I sponsor a child?

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 of 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.

Sponsor as a gift

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.

Sponsor a child as a gift

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Where does my sponsorship money go?

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.

7-year-old girl Sandrine eating lunch with three other children in Shingiro District, Rwanda

Food

Two boys Chit Phyo, 8, wearing checked shirt and Hein Thus, 9, collect water for their school from a  in a village in the Dry zone (Magway Region), Myanmar(Burma).

Clean water

A group of young girls smiling and hugging at their Happy Homes safe house in Dhaka, Bangladesh where they get education and free healthcare

Healthcare

Smiling girl Kadiatu Sesay wearing blue school uniform sitting at her desk in a classroom at Kola Tree Community School, Western Area, Sierra Leone

Education

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

How sponsorship helps children

Photo credits: Karin Schermbrucker, Greg Funnell, Nicolas Axelrod, Caroline Thomas, Savann Oeurm, Des Willie, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati / ActionAid.

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