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Sponsor a girl

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

Welcome-pack-introducing-your-sponsored-child

A welcome pack

Your welcome pack introduces you to the girl you sponsor and provides information all about them and their community. You’ll also receive your pack within 4-7 days of signing up, that includes handy tips on letter writing, so you can get started right away.
You'll receive letters and drawings like this one

Letters and drawings

The opportunity to write letters back and forth to get to know more about the girl you sponsor and their community. For each letter you send, you’ll receive a letter back.
You'll receive updates about the progress in your sponsored child's community

Updates about their progress

Annual updates, telling you about how communities are making positive changes to children’s lives, together with their local knowledge and your donations.

HOW SPONSORSHIP WORKS

Animated sponsored children graphic - One to One connection

A unique connection

As a sponsor, you will be uniquely connected to a girl who’s an ambassador for their community. You can build this special connection by sharing letters, drawings, and photos so you’ll get a glimpse into their world.
Animated sponsored girl graphic - benefitting whole communities

Support girls and whole communities

Sponsorship supports communities to educate, empower and protect girls. Every sponsored girl’s journey is unique - but each sponsorship can help drive long-lasting change to benefit everyone in the community and beyond.
From as little as 65p a day

From as little as 65p a day

It's just 65p a day to sponsor a child. Every year, we spend at least 80% on our charitable activities including our emergency response work and long-term development projects, benefiting whole communities in the country where your sponsored child lives.
10-year-old Antora, Bangladesh
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!” 

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

WHY CHOOSE PLAN INTERNATIONAL?

About us

At Plan International UK we’ve been advancing children’s rights and equality for girls for over 85 years. We’re working to create a world where every child is safe and protected from violence and have access to the education, healthcare, clean water and future opportunities they need to thrive.

We use local knowledge

Our pioneering child sponsorship programme supports communities to protect and empower children and champion girls’ rights. We work closely with children, girls and local communities, listen to the challenges they face and combine our expertise with their knowledge to find long lasting solutions together.

We strive for lasting impact

By choosing to sponsor with Plan International UK, you will help create lasting change for children who need it most. You will form a one-to-one connection with the child you sponsor, and your donations will be used to fund vital projects benefiting whole communities in the country where your sponsored child lives.

WHY SPONSOR A GIRL

Every three secondsanother girl becomes a child bride

Three million girls a yearare at risk of female genital mutilation

Girls are 2.5 times more likelyto be out of school in conflict-affected countries

HOW SPONSORSHIP HELPS GIRLS THRIVE

17 MILLION GIRLS WORLDWIDE WERE REACHED BY PLAN INTERNATIONAL LAST YEAR

Safe clean water and healthcare

Access to clean water and healthcare

Meaning girls have the essentials to grow up strong and healthy and reach their full potential.
Protect girls from child marriage

Protection from child marriage

Preventing harmful practices like child marriage and give girls an equal chance to go to school and decide their own futures.
An equal chance for girls to learn

An equal chance to learn

Girls will have an equal chance to learn and can receive uniforms and school supplies so they can achieve their dreams.
Educating boys to value girls

Working with boys and men

We work closely with boys and men to educate them on understanding the value of girls. This benefits the whole community.
Plan International sponsored girl Brazil
Layza, Plan International Sponsored Child in Brazil

YOU CAN HELP HER ACHIEVE HER DREAM

Layza is a sponsored child who lives in a rural community in Maranhão state, Brazil.

She was part of a Plan International project around child protection. This project set out to help her and other children in her community identify forms of abuse they may be exposed to and to understand their rights and how to protect themselves.

“This was a very important programme for me. We played, we talked about bullying and abuse. Now, I even know how to identify when someone is looking at me in a weird way, I know how to protect myself.”

Every girl, like Layza, dreams of what she wants to be. For Layza this is to be a leader in government. Support girls like Layza to know their rights and achieve their dreams.

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.

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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