Will you start 2021 by giving a life-changing gift to a child in one of the world’s poorest countries?

When you begin your sponsorship journey with ActionAid, you’ll be starting a special friendship with a boy or girl in need—a friendship you’ll treasure forever.

You’ll be helping to provide clean water, nutritious food, healthcare and education for a child like 7-year-old Delmy. 

Delmy is from a remote village in Guatemala, where more than half the population lives in poverty. Many parents here can't afford to send their children to school.

But in her community, and many others around the world, ActionAid child sponsors are providing the essentials children need to grow up healthy, happy and strong—and transforming their futures.

Your sponsorship gift 

When you become a sponsor, you'll be able to exchange letters with your sponsored child, and receive photos and updates as they grow up, so that each step of the way, you can see the incredible difference you’re making. 

And you'll know that, at this difficult time, your gift is more important than ever. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected children all over the world, and their need is greater than ever.

Usually, your sponsorship money would directly fund vital work in your sponsored child’s community. If there is an exceptional need your money could be spent in another area of your child’s country. Right now, we may use part of your donations to respond to the devastating impact of coronavirus.

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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 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.


    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 child sponsorship can do: Purna’s story

Purna is a midwife and has two daughters. Here she’s holding up a photo of herself aged 12, when she was sponsored through ActionAid. 

Growing up in rural Nepal, Purna’s family were very poor - her family couldn't afford to send her to school. But with the help of her sponsor, Purna was able to go to school and fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse, then a midwife. 

Purna has now helped to deliver hundreds of babies, saved many lives and cared for many more mothers and children.

Being without education is like being blind. [But my sponsor] opened my eyes. Because of them I was also able to open the eyes of my children. Education is very important.”


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 2 March 2021