Begin your sponsorship
For just 65p a day, you can change a child’s life for good when you become a sponsor with ActionAid.
Your support could transform the life of a child like five-year-old Louise in Haiti. Children like Louise, living in the world’s poorest places, are especially vulnerable when natural disasters strike.
Your sponsorship will help with the basics like food, shelter, clean water and education for a child in need. And in the long term, your support helps that child and their whole community grow and thrive, giving them hope for the future.
With ActionAid sponsorship, you’re the only sponsor that child has. So you will have a very special relationship, and get a unique insight into their life.
Sponsor a child today and see for yourself the difference your support can make.
What do I get 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 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.
Where does my sponsorship money go?
80% of your sponsorship money goes overseas. (20% is spent in the UK on public education and finding more sponsors). And in the country where your child lives, their community decides what the money should be spent on.
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
Food and shelter
Many children in developing countries go hungry every day, and often have to travel long distances to collect water.
We’ll make sure your sponsored child has nutritious food to eat, clean water to drink, and a safe place to call home: the basics that every child needs to grow and thrive.
Sponsoring a child helps them get the high-quality education they’re entitled to. Your sponsorship might pay for their schoolbooks, fees, uniform or equipment, or make sure they can get to school safely.
It could even pay for desks, a classroom or a whole new school building in the village or town where your child lives.
Child sponsorship doesn’t just help one child – it helps other children and families in their community to transform their lives too.
Our staff live and work in the area where your child is growing up. So they’re perfectly placed to know what your child and their community needs right now - and crucially, what will help them most in the long-term - and they work together to make these improvements happen.
When you sponsor a child with ActionAid, you’ll find out it’s one of the best ways to help a child out of poverty and give them the tools for a better future. You’ll see at every step of your journey how your support brings real and lasting change for your child and their community.
Photo credits: Luiz Cláudio/ActionAid, Karin Schermbrucker, Greg Funnell, Nicolas Axelrod, Caroline Thomas, Savann Oeurm, Des Willie, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati / ActionAid.