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Existing Sponsors

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My Sponsorship

As a sponsor, you're part of an amazing community supporting children growing up around the world. The connection you have with your sponsored child is unique and we hope you enjoy it.

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak continues, your sponsorship experience may be different than usual. You can find the latest details, including information about sending letters and visiting your sponsored child, in our COVID-19 FAQs for sponsors.

During this time we'll continue to keep you updated about the impact your sponsorship is having around the world and should you need to change your contact details at any time, just let us know. Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Coronavirus

Information for Sponsors

In these unprecedented times, we want to reassure sponsors of the steps we’re taking to protect the children and communities we work with against the coronavirus outbreak. Please read our CEO Rose Caldwell’s message on our response

We have not received any reports of the children we work with being directly affected by the outbreak and our work in communities, where possible, is continuing.

Thanks to your support, we’ll continue to implement effective hygiene practices and make sure the communities we work with are equipped with the materials and training they need to prevent the spread of diseases, to help children stay healthy.

Find out more in our coronavirus FAQs:

Send a message to your sponsored child

We’re pleased to let you know that we’ve restarted the delivery and collection of letters to and from sponsored children. We temporarily paused communications to minimise the risk to children, families, staff, and volunteers, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Thanks to the hard work of our teams, we now have measures in place to ensure we’re able to visit communities again, while maintaining everyone’s safety.

The impact of your letter

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Children love hearing from their sponsor

We regularly hear wonderful stories of how children have gone on to become doctors or teachers because of the encouragement they received from their sponsor
For every child sponsored, 55 additional children will benifit

Send your letter on an amazing journey

Our staff deliver your letters to your sponsored child and make sure they’re translated

Visit your sponsored child

Some of our sponsors visit their sponsored child to see for themselves how Plan International’s work is raising the community out of poverty.

Visiting your sponsored child will leave you both with treasured memories and a closer bond, and give you an insight into another culture.

"Meeting May and her family was a wonderful experience. We were invited for lunch with her extended family, teachers, community leaders and Plan International workers. We didn't seem to notice that we didn't speak each other's languages."

- Sara Stirling

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Gift a sponsorship to a loved one

Whether it’s a birthday or another special occasion, sponsorship makes a unique and wonderful gift that, now more than ever, will be truly appreciated by a child living through the toughest circumstances.

Your loved one can exchange letters and photos with their sponsored child and see the amazing difference sponsorship is making.

Give someone an incredibly special experience with the gift of sponsorship.

12-year-old Layza is a sponsored child in Brazil

Your role in keeping children safe

Safeguarding children and young people is at the heart of what we do – and our child sponsors have a unique role to play in keeping the children we work with safe.

That's why we ask all our sponsors to follow some key guidelines when they write to, visit, or share information about their sponsored child.

Tort was a sponsored child in Cambodia
Tort is a graduate from our child sponsorship programme in Cambodia

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER CHILD SPONSORSHIP?

Many of our sponsors continue to support their sponsored child right up until they turn 18. But what happens after a child leaves our sponsorship programme?

We spoke to four inspiring graduates – Evelyn, Elizabeth, Tort and Ronald – to discover how sponsorship changed what happened next in their lives.

Frequently answered questions

What can I say in my letters?

You can ask about their school, their favourite subjects and games, their family or what they want to be when they grow up.

When will I hear back?

You should receive a welcome letter from your sponsored child within 2-3 months after you start sponsoring them, but feel free to write before then.

How long do I sponsor a child?

It's entirely up to you, however you can continue to sponsor your child until their 18th birthday.

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