Sponsor a child | ActionAid UK

In Nay Blute Moo’s community in Myanmar, clean water is scarce. A single well is used for drinking, farm animals and household use. Water shortages mean that children are often unable to wash their hands, causing sickness and meaning they regularly miss out on going to school.

But thanks to ActionAid, a water tank has been installed at her school, so she and her classmates have access to clean, running water to drink and wash their hands.

This is making a huge difference to Nay Blute Moo. It means she can go to school every day and get the education she deserves.

We are happy to have water at school…we can wash our hands as much as we want.”

But every day thousands more children are missing out on education due to poverty, drought, disaster and injustice.

It may be that they have to walk for miles to get water, that they can’t afford their uniform, or that they face violence on their journey to school. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Together we can make sure every child can get an education.

By sponsoring a child like Nay Blute Moo 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. Your support will invest in a child’s future and help them get the education they deserve, so that their hopes and dreams can one day become a reality.

Sponsor a child


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.

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.

I’m ready to sponsor a child


Page updated 10 October 2019