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Now more than ever a girl needs you

NOW MORE THAN EVER

GIRLS NEED A DREAM MAKER LIKE YOU

Coronavirus affects us all, but today it puts more girls at risk of child marriage. All too often girls are made to drop out of school and give up on their futures. Sponsor a girl today and you can help her achieve her dreams.
Start by choosing where you’d like to sponsor below:

HOW SPONSORSHIP WORKS

A one-to-one connection

You’ll have a one-to-one connection with the girl you sponsor. She’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 girl. With at least 80% of our income going towards giving every child every chance, you know you’ll make a difference.

WHY GIRLS NEED YOU

Every three secondsanother girl becomes a child bride

Three million girls a yearare at risk of female genital mutilation

17 million girls worldwidewere reached by Plan International last year

Now the lasting impact of coronavirus is putting more girls at risk, as families who were already struggling lose their income.

HOW SPONSORSHIP HELPS GIRLS

WHEN YOU SPONSOR A GIRL, YOU HELP HER WHOLE COMMUNITY

Safe clean water and healthcare

Safe clean water and healthcare

You'll help provide all the essentials that help give girls the strength and hope to go on to reach their potential.
Protection from child marriage

Protection from child marriage

You’ll help protect girls from abuse like child marriage and FGM and give them a chance to decide their own futures.
An equal chance for girls to learn

An equal chance for girls to learn

You’ll help give girls a chance to achieve their dreams by providing books, uniforms and safe places to learn.
Educating boys to value girls

Working with boys and men

You’ll help educate boys so they grow up understanding the value of girls, meaning the whole community benefits.
Antora and her school friends

Antora's story

Child marriage is a big problem in Antora’s community in Bangladesh. But thanks to child sponsorship, this 10-year-old girl doesn't fear marriage and is able to go to school. 

She also attends a club that teaches her about her right to refuse child marriage, how handwashing can protect her from diseases and how to shelter safely if a disaster strikes. “I don’t think I will be married early. I like going to school!” She says.

Now more than ever, sponsors are needed to help girls like Antora continue learning through these tough circumstances.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

You'll receive a welcome pack introducing your sponsored child

Welcome pack and photos

A pack by email or post introducing your sponsored girl, along with information about her and her community. You’ll also receive a booklet in the post, including guidance on how to write and tips on what to say.
You'll receive letters and drawings like this one

Letters and drawings

Your sponsored girl 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 her progress

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

WHY CHOOSE PLAN INTERNATIONAL

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

YOU CAN HELP HER ACHIEVE HER DREAM

Every girl dreams of what she wants to be, but dreams are forgotten when you’re a girl with no choices in life.

Boys are more likely to go to school, while too many girls are being denied an education. Girls are being made to suffer FGM, forced to marry men up to three times their age, or have babies even though they’re still children themselves.

When you sponsor a girl, you can help her achieve her dream. And when your sponsored girl writes to you, she’ll tell you all about her dreams and you can encourage her to reach for them.

FAQs

Is sponsorship like adoption?

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

How long will I sponsor for?

We hope your relationship with us and the girl 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 her. Children are usually sponsored until they are 18.

What about boys?

Whether you choose to sponsor a girl or a boy, you’ll help projects focused on equal opportunities for all children. We know girls are the most vulnerable and we ensure that boys play an important role in building secure communities that value girls.

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 it will take longer for gifts to arrive while we protect communities from coronavirus.

How do you keep children safe?

Your support will not only help end harmful practices such as child marriage and 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 about sponsorship and our work. You can reach them on 0300 777 9779 or supporterquestions@plan-uk.org or request an information pack below.

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