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Child sponsorship around the world

Thanks to our generous sponsors, we are able to make sure that sponsored children have enough food, shelter, an education and the chance to build a better future. From new farming projects to child-friendly centres and adult education classes, see the difference child sponsorship makes to communities for yourself by clicking on the images below.

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Afghanistan

Child sponsorship in Afghanistan

It’s really tough being a child in Afghanistan. There few safe places to play, nearly half of all schools lack resources and over 40% of girls never finish primary education.

But thanks to funds from child sponsorship in Afghanistan, ActionAid is setting up education centres for children. We’re changing this by establishing child centres. Shaherbano (14) goes to one of these centres with her brother Mahdi. She loves helping him learn his letters using the magnetic board. Shaherbano told us, “I’m excited to play with other children in a friendly place without any fear. Using the skipping rope and playing games are really important for my health and help me to learn. My mind is fresh and I can concentrate on my lessons.”

In Shaherbano’s community we’ve established 18 child centres where trained facilitators help with homework and encourage children to continue their education. They also organise activities like drawing, singing, skipping, playing games, reading poems and telling jokes.

Over 900 children are playing, learning and developing in a safe environment, significantly improving their performance in school.

Afghanistan

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Child sponsorship in Afghanistan

It’s really tough being a child in Afghanistan. There are very few safe places to play, nearly half of all schools lack resources and over 40% of girls never finish their primary education.

We’re changing this by establishing child centres. Shaherbano (14) goes to one of these centres with her brother Mahdi. She loves helping him learn his letters using the magnetic board. Shaherbano told us, “I’m excited to play with other children in a friendly place without any fear. Using the skipping rope and playing games are really important for my health and help me to learn. My mind is fresh and I can concentrate on my lessons.”

In Shaherbano’s community we’ve established 18 child centres where trained facilitators provide help with homework and encourage children to continue their education. They also organise fun activities like drawing, singing, skipping, playing games, reading poems and telling jokes.

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Afghanistan for good. Thank you!

Bangladesh

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Child sponsorship in Bangladesh

Growing enough food in Bangladesh can be a daily struggle. Flash floods or long periods of drought means crops regularly fail. With no income or source of food, many families migrate to Dhaka, only to find extremely poor living conditions and high unemployment.

There are various government welfare schemes that poor families are entitled to but information about them rarely reaches rural communities. Through child sponsorship we hold regular community meetings and can share information like the low-cost rice scheme where a kilo of rice costs 10 taka (8p) instead of the usual 50 (42p).

Jesmin (32) found this news life-changing; “I always worried how to feed my children. With no money or food, we decided to move to Dhaka in search of work. But learning about the low-cost rice scheme means I can now feed my children three meals a day. I’m so happy. We’re no longer going to Dhaka. We will stay in our home and my children can stay in school.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Bangladesh for good. Thank you!

Brazil

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Child sponsorship in Brazil

Earning a decent living and providing food for their families is a constant struggle for women like Bernadette (40) living in north-east Brazil. A lack of jobs, especially for women, makes providing for all their children’s needs a daily challenge.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we’re helping to change this. We train women on how to grow fruit and vegetables at home. We provide them with seeds, tools and irrigation equipment to get started. And to increase the shelf life and value of their produce, we also teach them how to make juices, jams and pickles.

Providing enough food and earning their own income is life changing for women like Bernadette and their families; “By selling my fruit and vegetables, I have tripled our family income. Before, I was reliant on my husband but now I am independent and capable of achieving anything for my family.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Brazil for good. Thank you!

Burundi

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Child sponsorship in Burundi

More and more girls are going to school thanks to child sponsorship and ActionAid’s education campaigns. But a lack of hygiene facilities in some schools is threatening this success.

Divine (15) explains: “I would miss classes when having my period because we shared toilets with the boys. They had no doors so everyone could see. It was so embarrassing.” Every week, 30 girls from Divine’s school missed classes and many would drop out each year due to the indignity of not having their own, private toilets.

Thanks to child sponsors, Parent Teacher Associations were supported to build new toilet blocks with water tanks, sinks and taps. Two were built in Divine’s school – one for girls and one for boys. Divine is delighted: “Life is so much better at school. I’m very happy with the new, clean, private toilets. I come to school every day now, even if I’m having my period!”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Burundi for good. Thank you!

Cambodia

Cambodia

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Child sponsorship in Cambodia

Many families in rural Cambodia rely on farming for their food and incomes. But poor farmers like Lina struggle to buy the seeds and tools they need to grow enough to feed their families.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing the situation for struggling women farmers. By establishing savings and credit groups to provide affordable loans, farmers like Lina (28) are now able to buy the quality seeds and equipment they need to improve their harvests and earn a decent living for themselves and their families.

Lina explains how her life has changed: “We were the poorest family in the village. After each meagre harvest, we would leave our village to find work so we could feed our young daughter. But thanks to the group, I bought better quality rice, vegetable and cassava seeds. Now, we have a regular income and I can prepare proper meals for my family. Our lives are so much better.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Cambodia for good. Thank you!

DRC

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Child sponsorship in DRC

Many schools in rural DRC are dilapidated and lack basic equipment like desks and chairs, affecting children’s ability to learn. Amina (10) explains: “Bricks sometimes fell on us in class making it difficult to concentrate. We had to sit on stones which were uncomfortable and in the rainy season the classroom roof would blow away and we couldn’t come to school.”

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing this. Amina’s school was supported to rebuild six classroom blocks and provided with much needed desks, chairs and blackboards. “I was so happy to start learning in my new classroom. My new desk makes writing easy and the new blackboard means I can follow what the teacher has written,” exclaims Amina.

Amina’s teacher tells us that the improved learning conditions are making a huge difference to the children’s performance in class. For Amina this means she has gone from bottom to top of the class!

Child sponsorship is changing lives in DRC for good. Thank you!

Ethiopia

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Child sponsorship in Ethiopia

Every mother wants to feed her children and provide for their many needs. In rural Ethiopia, land is the key to this. For generations, women have been prevented from renting land, denying them the right to control their lives and earn a living.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing this. By establishing savings and credit groups, women can learn valuable livelihood skills, access low-cost loans to rent land and start their own farming businesses.

Like many women, single-mum Rege (24, pictured centre) eked out a living as a casual farm labourer, struggling to feed her two children each day. Joining her local savings and credit group transformed her life: “I’m making a good profit rearing sheep and growing potatoes. I can feed my children every day and will send them to school when they’re old enough. I look forward to providing all they need and giving them an education. I’m proud to be an independent woman who can hold her head high.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Ethiopia for good. Thank you!

Ghana

Ghana

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Child sponsorship in Ghana

Girls in Ghana are rarely allowed to participate equally to boys in their schools, communities and wider society. For example, it is mostly boys who are selected to be school prefects, meaning girls miss out on developing essential leadership skills that help empower them.

Through child sponsorship, we are changing this. By holding leadership conferences, girls like Elizabeth (17) can talk with female role models — nurses, doctors, headteachers, political leaders — about the importance of education and what it takes to become a leader.

Elizabeth attended this year’s conference and was inspired to take control of her life: “I count myself lucky to have been part of this life-changing conference. I now know I want to be a nurse. I am working towards that dream by studying very hard.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Ghana for good. Thank you!

Guatemala

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Child sponsorship in Guatemala

In Guatemala, teenage pregnancies account for over 20% of all births. Teenagers are not taught about their rights or sexual and reproductive health. The impact on adolescent girls’ health, education and on their future is incredibly damaging.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are helping to change this. Women like Estella, who runs her own shop, are being trained on sexual and reproductive rights and how to work with adolescent girls to help them be able to prevent early pregnancy and ensure they stay in school.

Estella (24) is determined to protect girls in her community from unwanted pregnancies; “I am known as ‘Mother Counsellor’ because I advise children, especially teenagers, about their sexual and reproductive rights, how to prevent early pregnancy, and the importance of education. This will help protect them and give them a better future.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Guatemala for good. Thank you!

Haiti

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Child sponsorship in Haiti

All children in Haiti are entitled to free education. Despite this, many children in farming communities miss out on school due to a lack of books and stationery, which parents are expected to provide but simply can’t afford.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing this. We work with farmers, especially women, to help improve their harvests so they can earn more and can send their children to school. But this takes time.

To help make sure children don’t miss out on an education now, the community’s children were provided with essential school kits including school bags, books and stationery. Guilouse (10, pictured centre), the youngest of four siblings, received a school kit: “I was so excited to see all the things in my bag from ActionAid. I’m all ready for school!”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Haiti for good. Thank you!

India

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Child sponsorship in India

In India, almost half of all girls will be married before their 18th birthday. Despite laws against child marriage, poverty perpetuates the problem as Sujata (14, pictured right with her friend Soniya) explains: “When I was 13, my father took me out of school to get married. He thought this would reduce our family’s financial burdens.”

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are working to change this. Through various community groups, we are helping children, parents and community leaders to discuss the dangers of child marriage and the benefits of education.

Belonging to her local ActionAid children’s group changed Sujata’s life: “The group gave me confidence to protest my marriage and convince my parents to continue my education. I also learnt about a government grant that helps children like me with school expenses. Happily, I’m now back at school and feel confident about my future.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in India for good. Thank you!

Kenya

Kenya

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Child sponsorship in Kenya

Nutrition is vitally important for people living with HIV. The antiretroviral drugs that keep women like Josephine (48, pictured left) alive are more effective when taken with nutritious food. But the stigma of being HIV positive leads to discrimination and women, especially, often struggle to access the resources they need to grow food for themselves and their children.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing this. Women living with HIV are supported to access land, seeds, tools and irrigation equipment. Growing their own food provides vital nutrition and a way to earn an income, as well as reducing dependency on others.

Josephine is feeling more positive about the future for her and her children: “We now have equipment and resources to help us get food this season and the seasons to come. We will have enough food and be able to supply all our own needs without relying on others in our community.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Kenya for good. Thank you!

Liberia

Liberia

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Child sponsorship in Liberia

In many households in Liberia, men earn and control the money. Women like Bendu (45) are rarely allowed to decide how family incomes are spent. Not being able to prioritise the buying of uniforms and books means their children often miss out on school.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are working to change this. By establishing Mothers’ Clubs, women can learn about their rights and receive training in valuable income generating activities like vegetable gardening or soap making.

Bendu, who used her new skills to run her own grocery store, explains how life is already changing for her and her children: “Today, I am able to make decisions in my home. My husband can no longer make all the decisions alone – we sit down and make them together. This means all my children now go to school every day.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Liberia for good. Thank you!

Malawi

Malawi

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Child sponsorship in Malawi

Many women in Malawi lack opportunities and resources to earn their own income. Being reliant on male relatives for money deprives them of any independence. Violet (41) cares for her sister’s six orphaned children and, after her husband left, struggled to provide enough food or cover their education costs.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are working to change this. In Violet’s community, 67 savings and loan groups have been set-up to provide valuable livelihood training, as well as affordable loans to help women to start their own businesses and become financially independent.

Violet started a business making and selling popular snacks and is now able to earn a decent living: “We now eat nutritious meals every day and I can pay all the children’s school fees. I’ve also bought a piece of land where I am building a house big enough for us all.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Malawi for good. Thank you!

Mozambique

Mozambique

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Child sponsorship in Mozambique

Walking long distances to find safe, clean water means many girls like Helena (13) often miss school, or are too tired to concentrate in class. Many children also miss school because of waterborne diseases, like diarrhoea.

Through child sponsorship, we are changing this. In Helena’s community, we supported the installation of boreholes in three schools; providing safe, clean water to the schools and neighbouring households. Thanks to child sponsors like you, distances to fetch water have greatly reduced, as have incidences of waterborne diseases. As a result, school attendance has increased.

Helena is delighted with the new borehole in her school: “I used to walk 7km each morning to fetch water for home. I would be late for school and would miss some of my lessons. I live nearby, so now I can fetch water quickly for my family and no longer miss school.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Mozambique for good. Thank you!

Myanmar

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Child sponsorship in Myanmar

The main road in and out of 9-year-old Htway’s village is just compacted dirt and sand. When it rains, the road is impassable. Farmers can’t take their produce to market, people who are sick or injured can’t get to health centres and children like Htway can’t get to school. This is a common problem across Myanmar.

Thanks to child sponsors like you, we are changing this. Htway’s community recognised that having a surfaced road with drainage was key to keeping roads useable when it rains, so we helped them to surface the road to protect it from flooding and deterioration. With a fully functioning road, household incomes are protected, families can access healthcare and children can go to school.

Htway is delighted: “I was really happy for my village when the new road wasn’t destroyed in the rainy season. I am so glad that I can walk on the new road every day to school.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Myanmar for good. Thank you!

Nepal

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Child sponsorship in Nepal

All children in Nepal have the right to free education. But a lack of government funding for resources in rural schools means many charge fees that families just can’t afford. If fees aren’t paid children can’t go to school.

Thanks to child sponsors, we are changing this. By establishing children’s clubs, we are training and supporting girls like Rabina (16, pictured left) to lobby local authorities to increase school funding so all fees can be abolished.

Rabina, chairperson of her local club, explains the difference this has made: “I’m proud to share that 100% of children in my village now go to school every day because our school stopped charging fees! I also led door-to-door campaigns to make sure every child knew their right to education and encouraged them all to go to school.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Nepal for good. Thank you!

Nigeria

Nigeria

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Child sponsorship in Nigeria

Many schools in rural Nigeria lack basic equipment like desks and chairs; affecting children’s ability to learn. Happy (9) explains: “Since starting school, I had to sit on the floor. It was difficult to write and my uniform got dirty. For the past two years, I’ve had back pain and my parents were going to take me out of school.”

Thanks to child sponsors, we were able to provide much needed desks and chairs for two schools in Happy’s community. “It was the happiest day of my life seeing the new furniture arrive. I never thought I’d experience sitting on a chair at school. It’s so exciting; learning is much easier and my handwriting is improving,” exclaims Happy!

Seeing the huge improvement this has made to children’s education, the local government provided additional equipment, as well as vital teachers, to the two schools.

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Nigeria for good. Thank you!

Pakistan

Pakistan

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Child sponsorship in Pakistan

Every child has the right to an education but in Pakistan many girls like Fatima (7) miss out on the opportunity to go to school. Instead, girls are kept at home to learn skills for married life.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are helping to change this. Through workshops and meetings, girls like Fatima, along with their families and communities, are learning about girls’ rights to education and its importance. We are also working with Parent Teacher Councils to encourage the enrolment of girls in all schools. And thanks to our amazing child sponsors, they received uniforms and school bags to help them get started.

Fatima was very excited when her father enrolled her in school; “It was always my wish to go to school. I really enjoy learning and playing with my friends. I want to be a teacher in the future.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Pakistan for good. Thank you!

occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

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Child sponsorship in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)

For many children living in oPt the journey to school is terrifying. “We cross a checkpoint each day where we are searched for sharp or metal objects. I’m always scared something will happen to me. I really don’t like going to school,” 8-year-old Tuqa explains.

No child should be afraid to go to school, and thanks to child sponsorship we are helping change this. We recruited teachers and set up three education centres in Tuqa’s community. This means children no longer need to cross a checkpoint and can now learn in a safe and fun environment.

Tuqa explains the impact this is having; “At my old school, I was too scared to learn. I couldn’t even write my name. But now, I can read, count to 100 and write my name! My teacher is kind and makes me feel smart!”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in occupied Palestinian territory for good. Thank you!

Rwanda

Rwanda

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Child sponsorship in Rwanda

Every child has the right to an education, but for girls in rural Rwanda, fulfilling that right is a struggle during their periods. Parents often can’t afford to buy sanitary products, meaning many girls in Henriette’s community regularly missed class. “If we stained our uniforms at school, others would laugh and make fun of us. It was so humiliating. I hated coming to school,” explains Henriette (15).

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing this by establishing and equipping Girls’ Rooms in schools. These rooms are safe spaces where girls can access sanitary products, soap and towels as well as support and advice.

“We were so excited when we saw the Girls’ Room being built at our school. Not only do we feel safer, more comfortable and cleaner during our periods, we don’t have to miss school anymore,” says a relieved Henriette.

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Rwanda for good. Thank you!

Senegal

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Child sponsorship in Senegal

A lack of health facilities and up-to-date training in rural Senegal means midwives like Insa (47, pictured centre back) struggled to provide the adequate care needed to deliver babies safely. With only one poorly equipped health centre for over 40,000 people, mothers were not receiving the proper care during pregnancy and labour, meaning a quarter of babies died during birth.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing this. To improve maternity care and newborn health, 70 midwives in Insa’s community have now been trained in modern healthcare techniques. They were also supported to successfully lobby the health authorities to provide fully equipped and staffed health centres.

“Since being trained, I now supervise safe deliveries both at home and at the new health centres. I am thankful that all women now give birth safely,” said a delighted Insa.

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Senegal for good. Thank you!

Sierra Leone

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Child sponsorship in Sierra Leone

For many families in Sierra Leone, providing enough food and ensuring children can attend school all-year-round is a struggle. During the crop planting season (June to September), household supplies are low and buying food is expensive. It’s also the start of the school year, with fees to pay and books to buy.

Thanks to child sponsors, we are helping to change this. We have supported women like Marie (42) to start their own small businesses to increase family incomes. We’ve also established savings and loan groups, where women can save small regular amounts and, in times of need, can take out low-interest loans.

“The savings group is a blessing to us women. I was in dire need as I couldn’t pay my child’s school fees. I took a loan from the group and later re-paid with a little interest,” explains Marie. The interest is invested back into the scheme so that more women can take loans when in need.

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Sierra Leone for good. Thank you!

Somaliland

Somaliland

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Child sponsorship in Somaliland

Farmers like Nimo (50) work hard in their fields all year to grow food for their families. But flash flooding can destroy everything in an instant: “When you’re the only breadwinner of the family, losing your only source of food and income to floods is the beginning of the end,” explains widow and mother-of-four, Nimo.

Thanks to child sponsors, we are changing this by supporting communities like Nimo’s to build gabions – flood defences made from wire baskets and stones. ActionAid provided the materials and taught the community how to build them.

This simple solution is having a huge impact on Nimo and her fellow farmers: “Recently, we faced the worst floods ever. But thanks to the gabions, our crops survived and our incomes saved. I now have plenty to feed my children and to sell at the local market.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Somaliland for good. Thank you!

South Africa

South Africa

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Child sponsorship in South Africa

The effects of rising temperatures, irregular rainfall and more periods of drought mean many farmers struggle to grow enough food in South Africa. And with little or no surplus to sell, buying food and other basic essentials for their children is a constant struggle.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are helping to change this. We train women farmers like Rendani on how to grow vegetables and fruit, and provide them with the tools, irrigation equipment, and drought- resistant seeds they need to get started.

For Rendani, a single mother of four, this project has transformed her life: “I used to grow just maize but now I’m growing tomatoes, spinach, carrot, beans, cabbage, and sweet potato. Producing tasty, fresh vegetables is very good for my children and the market. From the sale of my vegetables, I can buy clothes, school materials and anything else my children need. I am very happy!”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in South Africa for good. Thank you!

Tanzania

Tanzania

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Child sponsorship in Tanzania

Many women in Tanzania lack the opportunities and the resources to earn their own income. Being reliant on male relatives for money deprives women like Nuru (50) of any independence. This means women lack the opportunity to make decisions that affect themselves and their children.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are changing this. In Nuru’s community, 27 savings and credit groups have been set up to provide valuable training and low-cost loans for women to start their own businesses.

Mother-of-six Nuru is now earning her own income by growing cash crops like maize and sunflowers, as well as rearing goats and cows: “Before I joined the group, I was a housewife totally dependent on my husband but now I am an independent, self-employed woman. My income brings a brighter future to my children and grandchildren as I can now feed them well and pay for their education.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Tanzania for good. Thank you!

The Gambia

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Child sponsorship in The Gambia

In The Gambia, most families rely on farming for their food and income. But many years of irregular rainfall have led to poor harvests, food shortages and dwindling household incomes, leaving families hungry and children unable to go to school.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are helping to change this. By providing goats and training on how to rear and sell them, women like Nuimi (63) can earn an income to buy food and pay for their children’s school expenses.

The income from selling goats is vital to Nuimi, a mother and grandmother; “I no longer have to ask neighbours to help me feed and clothe my family. I can provide everything we need. My two grandchildren, who live with me, no longer go without school uniforms, shoes or lunch!”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in The Gambia for good. Thank you!

Uganda

Uganda

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Child sponsorship in Uganda

Families living in rural Uganda rely on farming for food and to earn a living. But it can be a struggle to grow enough, especially during periods of drought. For children like Caroline (11, pictured centre), this means regularly going to bed hungry.

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are helping to change this. Over 300 families in Caroline’s community received drought-resistant groundnut seeds, as well as goats, sheep and chickens to provide alternative sources of food and income to see them through the dry season.

Caroline was happy when her family received some livestock; “Our animals have multiplied. One goat had six kids! We sold four and are going to buy a cow.” Her parents are also getting good harvests of groundnuts and can now provide enough food for their children, as well as being able to pay for their school expenses.

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Uganda for good. Thank you!

Vietnam

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Child sponsorship in Vietnam

Safe, clean water is essential for children’s health and development. But many schools in Vietnam only have access to a well with dirty water. As a result, waterborne illnesses like cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea are very common. In Thi Ngoan’s (9, pictured right) school, over a third of children miss classes because the water makes them unwell.

Thanks to child sponsorship, this is changing. In ten schools where Thi Ngoan lives, water purification systems have been fitted providing plenty of safe, clean water for children to drink and wash their hands with.

Thi Ngoan is very happy with the new water supply: “When I first drank it, I was delighted! It was just plain water but it tasted fresh and clean, with no bad smell or ugly colours. I am so happy that I can drink water whenever I want without worrying about getting bad stomach aches.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Vietnam for good. Thank you!

Zambia

Zambia

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Child sponsorship in Zambia

Child pregnancy is a serious problem in Zambia. Pregnant girls are often expelled from school and marginalised within their communities, with no support to turn their lives around. Christine, who got pregnant at just 14, was scared her school days were over; “I’d never seen any pregnant girls return to school. I knew it would be the same for me.”

Thanks to child sponsorship, we are helping to change this. Through community discussions, girls, parents and community leaders are being supported to understand the dangers of child marriage and early pregnancy. We are also raising awareness of a government initiative that prevents young mothers like Christine, now 16, from being expelled from school.

“I was surprised but happy to learn I could stay at school. I am studying hard and hope to go to college to train as a nurse. I now dream of a great future for me and my daughter,” says Christine.

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Zambia for good. Thank you!

Zimbabwe

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Child sponsorship in Zimbabwe

Families living in poverty make a stark choice every day — to feed or educate their children. Earning just £2 a day, it’s often impossible to pay the £54 annual school fees and buy the books, stationery and all the other things children need for school.

Thanks to child sponsors, we have been able to provide much needed books and stationery to 19 schools in Zimbabwe; helping to keep children in school and relieving the financial pressure on their families. We’re also working with families to help them earn a decent living and provide their children’s future school needs.

Munashe (13), who lives with her grandparents, explains: “I only had one exercise book for all eight subjects. It was difficult to learn. I’m so happy to receive books from ActionAid for each subject as well as pens, pencils and a ruler. I’m now doing much better at school.”

Child sponsorship is changing lives in Zimbabwe for good. Thank you!

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Page updated 2 October 2019