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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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COVID-19

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

Due to the unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, sponsorship programmes have paused the delivery and collection of letters for sponsored children, to minimise the risks to children, families, staff and volunteers that arise when people move around and between communities.

You can still write to your sponsored child and we will forward on letters for you when sponsorship activities resume in each country. 

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
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Last year, sponsors’ letters helped to improve literacy for 1.4 million children

Every year around 140,000 letters are exchanged between sponsors and their sponsored children

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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Give sponsorship as a gift

Did you know that you can sponsor a child as a gift for someone else?

They’ll also be able to exchange letters and photos with their sponsored child, so they can see the amazing difference their support is making – and you’ll be giving someone you love the chance to be part of an incredible and unique experience.

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.

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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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