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Football for Change

FOOTBALL FOR CHANGE

Together, we can help children around the world play, learn and thrive

Since 2015, Chelsea Football Club and Plan International have been working together to transform children’s lives through the power of football.

Every child deserves a fair start in life. But not every child is born with the same opportunities. That’s why we’re calling on Chelsea fans to support Football for Change and level the playing field for children around the world.

When you sponsor a child with Plan International UK, you’ll support their entire community, helping to make sure they grow up in an environment where they can play, learn and thrive. Will you sponsor a child today?

Sponsor a child

 
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For every child sponsored, 55 additional children will benifit

Our child sponsorship programme benefits children in 50 countries

Do you have a specific country in mind? you’ll be able to select in the next few steps.

If you live outside the UK, you can sponsor a child with your local Plan International team. Click the button below to find out more.

HOW SPONSORSHIP WORKS

A one-to-one connection

You’ll have a one-to-one connection with your sponsored child. They’ll write to you and if you want you can write back, or even visit!

that benefits communities

Your donations fund vital projects, benefiting whole communities in the country where your sponsored child lives.

from as little as 65p a day

It's just 65p a day to sponsor a child. With at least 80% of our income going towards helping children to play, learn and thrive, you know you’ll make a difference.
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Meet Nisha

Since 2015, Chelsea has sponsored children in Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia and Thailand – children just like 11-year-old Nisha, who enjoys going to school to make new friends and learn poems. Through child sponsorship, we’ve been able to work with Nisha’s community in India to promote immunisation, install water pumps, reduce child marriage and help more children go to school.

When you sign up to become a sponsor, you’ll make a difference to a whole community too – and you’ll see the impact you’re making through the letters and drawings your sponsored child will send to you.

WHAT YOUR SPONSORSHIP WILL DO

WHEN YOU SPONSOR A CHILD, YOU SUPPORT THEIR WHOLE COMMUNITY

Protect children from emergencies

Protecting children during emergencies

You’ll help children stay safe through the toughest circumstances, from learning how to wash their hands to prevent the spread of diseases to taking shelter if a disaster strikes.
Safe clean water and healthcare

Providing clean water and healthcare

Your gift will help provide the essentials that give children the strength and hope to go on to reach their potential.
Protection from child marriage

Protecting girls from abuse

You’ll help prevent harmful practices like child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) and give girls an equal chance to go to school and decide their own futures.
Education and vocational skills

Providing education and vocational skills

You'll give children a chance to achieve their dreams by providing books and uniforms, and ensuring girls and boys have an equal chance to learn.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

You'll receive a welcome pack introducing your sponsored child

Welcome pack and photos

A welcome email and a pack in the post introducing your sponsored child, along with information about them and their community. You’ll also receive a booklet in the post, with guidance on how to write and tips on what to say.
You'll receive drawings from your sponsored child

Letters and drawings

Your sponsored child will send you a letter or drawing. It may take a little longer to arrive while we take steps to keep communities safe from coronavirus, but you’ll see it’s worth the wait! For each letter you send, you’ll receive a reply.
You'll receive updates about the progress in your sponsored child's community

Updates about their progress

You’ll receive an annual progress update in the post, showing the difference your donations are helping to make to the child you sponsor, their friends and their community.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is sponsorship like adoption?

No, it's not. The child you sponsor will have a family of their own, but your words of encouragement play an important role for them and their community. Letter writing also helps children learn about other cultures and improve their literacy skills.

How long will I sponsor for?

We hope your relationship with us and the child you sponsor will continue for a number of years. But, if your circumstances change, you can stop at any time and we will try to find another sponsor for your sponsored child. Children are usually sponsored until they are 18.

How can I request more information?

Our Supporter Relations team are happy to answer any questions you have about sponsorship and our work. You can reach them on 0300 777 9779 or supporterquestions@plan-uk.org.
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Girls take part in a football training session in Tanzania, where they learn about harmful practices including FGM.

PROJECTS YOU'VE SUPPORTED

Around the world, we work with children who have survived conflict, violence and trauma. For children living in refugee camps in Jordan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, playing football enables them to have fun, learn and enjoy their childhood – while football competitions bring communities together so children can play and make friends.

In Tanzania, we’re training football coaches to recognise, raise awareness of and prevent dangerous practices affecting girls. Football training sessions provide a safe space where girls and boys can perfect their skills while learning about the impact of FGM, early marriage and the importance of education. Football tournaments also provide a platform for discussing important issues and bringing the wider community into the conversation.

HELP TRANSFORM CHILDREN'S LIVES

Support Football for Change and sponsor a child today