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Twelve-year-old Ouk lives in a village in Kampot, Cambodia on the frontline of the climate crisis. 

Extreme weather, erratic rainfall and rising sea levels in Cambodia are destroying traditional ways of earning a living such as fishing and farming.

And when livelihoods are affected, it's often girls who are pulled out of school to help families survive by supporting household chores or doing odd jobs to make ends meet. 

But child sponsorship is helping girls like Ouk to stay in school  and receive the education they need.

Thanks to ActionAid’s support, Ouk's school has been able to provide classes on vegetable-growing and gardening so that she can help her family adjust to the changing climate.

We know that when girls get an education, they thrive, and their families and entire communities benefit.

Will you sponsor a girl like Ouk and help give her the tools she needs to adapt to a future marked by climate change?

Sponsor a child for just 65p a day and see the difference you can make to children and their communities.

Together, we can make sure the next generation can survive the climate crisis.

Sponsor a child now

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 frequently asked questions

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.

    Food

    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.

    Education

    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

    Healthcare

    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 (while  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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Cindy Liu/ActionAid

About ActionAid

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty.

Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls.

We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women and girls, everywhere, can create the future they want. 

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Page updated 15 June 2021