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 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.

Everyone has a different reason for becoming a sponsor and gets something different out of the experience.

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As a child sponsor your receive two hand written messages a year.

Where does my sponsorship money go?

80% of your sponsorship money goes overseas to help your child and their community. (20% is spent in the UK on public education and finding more sponsors). And the community decides what the money should be spent on.

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


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


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


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

How child sponsorship helped Purna fulfil her dream

Purna is a midwife and a mother. Here she’s holding up a photo of herself aged 12 – when she was sponsored and her life changed forever.

Growing up in rural Nepal, Purna’s family were very poor. Her mother couldn’t afford to send her to school. But then a sponsor stepped in, and that money paid for school clothes, paper and pencils.

So Purna got to go to school, finish her education and fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse, and then a midwife. Now she practises in a health clinic.

She’s helped to deliver hundreds of babies, saved many lives and provided medicine and care to many more mothers and children. She also has two daughters of her own. One is a nurse and the other is studying for her MD.

“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.”

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