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. 

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?

  • Action Aid Porridge Feeding Program at Saunyama Primary School in Nyanga District ActionAid’s feeding programme is supplying 11 primary schools with enough porridge for lunch three days a week.


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

  • Students Abigail (R) and Purity (L) in class at school in West Pokot, Kenya.


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

  • Puthy, a secure livelihood of model farmers thanks to ActionAid intervention.

    Clean water

    Building wells, purifying water sources, and better sanitation facilities

  • Improving birthing centers to strengthen communities


    Medical and dental clinics, basic medical supplies and health education


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 20 November 2019