Zeinab, 10, a sponsored child from Tanzania.

Every child deserves to go to school, drink clean water and eat nutritious food. When you sponsor a child with ActionAid, you can help provide that bright future. 

When you sign up to become a sponsor, you’ll be starting a new friendship with a boy or girl in one of the world’s poorest countries - a friendship you’ll treasure forever.

You’ll be making an amazing difference to the life of a child like Zeinab, from Tanzania.

Zeinab lives in a poor village in Tanzania, but thanks to her child sponsor, she is growing up happy and healthy, and getting the education that is her right. Her favourite subject at school is Swahili, and she wants to become a teacher when she grows up. 

She also attends a local ActionAid girls' club, where she learns about her rights and the importance of education.

Will you sponsor a child like Zeinab for just 65p a day, and give a life-changing gift?

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Key facts

  • Supporting whole communities

    We work with the whole community of the child you sponsor, as we've found it the best way to create lasting change.

  • 50 years experience

    ActionAid has 50 years of experience changing the lives of children and communities through child sponsorship.

  • From £19.50 a month

    We ask for a minimum of £19.50 a month so we can provide lasting support to the communities that benefit from your sponsorship.

  • Join thousands of UK sponsors

    You'll be joining a community of more than 38,000 generous ActionAid child sponsors in the UK alone.

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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

What makes sponsoring a child special?

  • Messages


    You’ll get two handwritten messages a year from your sponsored child, telling you about their life, and you’ll be able to write back to them.

  • Photos


    At milestones you’ll receive updates and photos of your sponsored child, so you can see as they grow and thrive.

  • Drawings


    Your sponsored child may send you drawings to show your family about life in their country - you’ll treasure them forever.

See our frequently asked questions about sponsoring a child

How is my sponsorship money spent?

How is my sponsorship money spent: doughnut-chart
  • 80%   +  
    of the donations we receive through child sponsorship goes overseas.
  • 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.
    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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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. 

We understand the deep-rooted problems facing women and girls, and we work alongside whole communities to find solutions.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about child sponsorship, don't hesitate to call us on 01460 238 000 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). You can also email us at supportercontact@actionaid.org.

See our frequently asked questions

Top image: Zeinab, 10, a sponsored child from Tanzania. Rachel Palmer/ActionAid. Others: Sharron Lovell, Greg Funnell, Nicolas Axelrod, Caroline Thomas, Savann Oeurm, Des Willie, Nayantara Gurung Kakshapati, Celia Peterson/ActionAid.

Page updated 16 May 2022