Sponsor a child | ActionAid UK

Four-year-old Ayan lives in Somaliland where thousands of children her age face the risk of starvation.

Years of severe drought connected to climate change have created a humanitarian crisis in Somaliland. Failed rains have impacted Somaliland’s rural communities, killing their crops and animals.

Girls like Ayan are malnourished from lack of food and water.

But child sponsorship can change the lives of many children all over the world. Their sponsors are helping them eat nutritious food and drink clean water, and get the medical care they need to grow up healthy and strong. 

But every day thousands more children are suffering due to poverty, drought, and disaster.

Together, we can make sure no child goes to bed hungry.

By sponsoring a child like Ayan for just 65p a day, you could help to make sure she grows up healthy, happy and safe. But we can’t do it without you. 

This Christmas will you help invest in a girl’s future, and make sure she gets to grow up healthy? 

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

So at every step of the journey, you’ll see the difference you’re making. 


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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 most frequently asked questions and answers about sponsoring a child.

Child sponsorship items

Messages, photos and drawings from sponsored children

What will my child sponsorship pay for?

Young Bangladeshi girl sitting in alleyway in slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Young barefoot boy sitting alone in a puddle of water in the road in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Clean water
A young girl sitting alone on a railway platform near her home in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Baby in need of healthcare looking at camera wearing dirty vest

How is my sponsorship money spent?

  • 80% of the donations we receive through child sponsorship goes overseas (whilst 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.

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Page updated 11 November 2019