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Help give every child, every chance

Become a sponsor today, and you’ll see a child’s life change for the better. The girl or boy you sponsor will show you their life – and the difference you make to their whole community.

By sponsoring a child you’ll help them have access to safe clean water, healthcare and education. You’ll be able to exchange letters and photos with your sponsored child, so you’ll see how your support is helping to transform their life and the lives of those around them.

At least 80% of our income is spent on our work to give every child every chance. The rest helps us raise vital funds for the future.

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.
The filmmakers in Ghana

See for yourself

Have you seen our new TV ad? It was filmed by an amazing group of children.

The lives of these children have been completely transformed by sponsorship. Thanks to our incredible sponsors, they now have the chance to go to school, safe water to drink and the chance in life every child deserves.

Watch the ad and discover what happened behind the scenes.

Sponsored girl from Ghana holding a baby

Benefiting whole communities

When you sponsor a child through Plan International UK, you’ll see a whole community flourish.

Sponsorship supports projects like building schools, training teachers, providing vaccinations and digging wells, so everyone has clean water.

Child sponsorship can also provide vital medical infrastructure and sanitation, so the community is more resilient against future emergencies.

A girl from Ghana holding a baby

How sponsorship supports children

Eight-year-old Sarah lives in a remote village in Ghana. She’s a happy little girl who loves to sing. And thanks to child sponsorship, her future is looking bright.

Sarah has the chance to go to school because teachers have been trained in her area, and her village now has a safe water supply. Children in her community have toilets at their school – which means that whilst they’re learning, Sarah and her friends are less at risk of getting sick with diseases spread by dirty water.

And all this has been made possible with the support of our incredible sponsors. Become a sponsor today and help give every child, every chance.

Sponsor a girl like Lehanna


Sponsor a girl today and you can help protect girls like Lehanna. Forced out of school to marry a man twice her age, she is one of the 40,000 children who are married around the world, every day.

Your sponsorship will help girls out of child marriage and into school, as well as providing communities with clean water, healthcare and all the things that give girls strength and hope.

You’ll also be able to exchange letters with the girl you sponsor – so you can see the difference you’re making to her life and her future.

Your connection

When you sign up to be a sponsor we’ll send you a welcome pack with a photo of your sponsored child and information about them and their community. This will be followed by a letter or drawing from your sponsored child, which you can respond to.

You’ll receive annual updates and photos, so that you can follow your sponsored child's progress and find out more about the activities that Plan International is supporting in their community.  

Sanmya with her mother and brother in Brazil

Keeping children safe

Keeping children safe is at the heart of what we do, and we have well-established systems in place to make sure the sponsored children we work with are protected. For example, our trained staff and volunteers screen all the letters, drawings and photographs sent to sponsored children, and our staff support and supervise sponsors when they visit their child’s community.

When you become a sponsor, you’ll also have a unique role to play in keeping your sponsored child safe. We’ll share easy-to-follow guidelines, so you can confidently write to your sponsored child, share information about your sponsorship and arrange the necessary checks if you decide to visit their community.

Being a Sponsor

Find out what you’ll receive when you sponsor a child and how it will change their lives

Frequently Asked Questions

How does sponsorship work?

Child sponsorship creates a unique personal connection between you and a child in one of the developing countries where Plan International UK works

How are my donations spent?

Your donations go towards long-term community based development projects where your sponsored child lives. At least 80% of all the money we raise in the UK goes towards our work helping children and young people to thrive. The rest helps us raise vital funds for the future.

How does a child benefit?

Your donations will go toward providing the basics that every child needs so they’ll be more likely to grow up healthy and happy

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