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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.


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A one-to-one connection

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

We do everything we can to educate, empower and protect children in our communities. However, families will always have autonomy over their own lives and the future of their children – every sponsored child’s journey is unique.
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from as little as 65p a day

It's just 65p a day to sponsor a child. At least 80% of our income goes towards funding vital projects, benefiting whole communities in the country where your sponsored child lives.


One in every four children is living in a country affected by conflict or disaster

Every three secondsanother girl becomes a child bride

Every 60 secondsa child dies because they don’t have access to clean water

The lasting impact of coronavirus is putting more girls at risk of child marriage. You can choose to sponsor a girl by clicking below.



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.
Protect girls from child marriage

Protecting girls from abuse

You’ll help prevent harmful practices like child marriage and 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, uniforms and ensuring girls and boys have an equal chance to learn.

Sarah’s Story

Eight-year-old Sarah is a happy girl from Ghana who loves to sing.

Thanks to child sponsorship, Sarah has the chance to go to school, with teachers trained in her area. Her village now also has a safe water supply and there are toilets at her 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.

Sponsor a child today and see for yourself the difference you make through the letters and drawings they'll send you.



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.


Pioneers of child sponsorship

Plan International were the first-ever child sponsorship organisation.

Over 80 years’ experience

Sponsors have been enabling children globally to reach their potential for over 80 years.

Leaders in girls’ rights

We listen to and empower girls to find solutions to the unique challenges they face.

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.

Can I send a gift?

Yes, you can send small gifts that fit in an A4 package. To promote fairness we ask you to follow our guidelines on what you can send. These include modest, shareable items such as crayons or skipping ropes. Please understand that gifts will take longer to arrive while we protect communities from coronavirus.

Can I visit my sponsored child?

Visits are currently on hold until we can be sure there are no safety concerns due to coronavirus. Once visits are possible again, we can support you in organising a one-day, fully-supervised visit, which will leave you with treasured memories and an insight into how sponsorship helps children.

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 do you keep children safe?

Your support will help end harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM). Safeguarding children and young people is at the heart of everything we do, which is why we have well-established systems in place to make sure the children we work with are protected.

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


Help a child to thrive and achieve their dreams