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Sponsor a girl

You can sponsor a girl today and support a whole community. When you sponsor a girl, your donations help to provide what's needed for more girls to thrive, like the chance to go to school, building knowledge, skills and confidence. And access to water and healthcare, to grow up healthy and strong. 

You also help build resilient communities that can support and protect girls as they grow. Communities which prevent child marriage and encourage girls to stay in school – even in crisis. 

Start your sponsorship journey today.

What you will receive

What you will receive

Your journey starts with a welcome pack and continues with regular updates. Here’s what to expect:

Your journey starts with a welcome pack and continues with regular updates. Here’s what to expect:

You will receive a welcome pack introducing your sponsored child

Welcome pack

Your welcome pack introduces you to the child you sponsor. You’ll find photos and lots of information all about them, their community and the country they live in. Expect your welcome pack to arrive within 4-7 days of signing up.

You can also share drawings and might get some back too!

Letter writing

The welcome pack also includes a letter writing handbook full of top tips to help you start sharing letters right away. For each letter you send to the child you sponsor, you’ll receive a letter back. You can also share drawings and might get some back too! 

Received regular updates about your sponsored child's progress

Regular updates 

We’ll also keep you updated through annual updates from the community. You'll see how they're combining their knowledge with your support to drive change for children. 

Why become a sponsor?

Why become a sponsor?

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Build a unique connection 

As a sponsor, you will be connected to a child 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.

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Support a whole community 

Sponsorship supports communities to educate, empower and protect their children. Every sponsored child’s journey is unique — but each sponsorship can help drive long-lasting change to benefit everyone in the community and beyond.

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It's just 65p a day to sponsor a child which supports whole communities too. Every year, we spend at least 80% of that on our charitable activities. This includes emergency response and long-term development projects. 

Immaculate's story

Immaculate, 10, lives in northern Uganda with her family. Often girls in this area do not to go to school. Many are forced to help at home rather than pursue their right to an education. But by sponsoring a girl, you can help communities create lasting change. 

“I love being a sponsored child because Plan International built a school and a teacher's quarter,” explains Immaculate. “I like school.” 

What’s more, Immaculate has built a new friendship through sponsorship, by writing to 11-year-old Bethany. 

“Whenever I receive a letter from Bethany, it excites me,” says Immaculate. “She loves sending me letters and pictures. Me and Bethany both like singing.” 

Sponsorship helps cheer children on from afar whilst supporting communities to provide whatever is needed most – sponsor a girl today. 

Sponsor a girl

Immaculate, 10, standing outside her school in Uganda smiling at the camera
Immaculate, 10, is a sponsored child in Uganda who really likes school.

Why choose Plan International?

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. Where they have access to the education, healthcare, clean water and 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


girls are married before they reach the age of 18 worldwide each year.


of children globally don’t have enough water to meet their daily needs.


girls are out of school.

your support in action

Your support in action

A girl call Woyzer sitting outside under a tree

“I’ve helped my friends cancel their weddings”  

Learning about their rights helps girls like Woyzer prevent child marriages in Ethiopia. Your sponsorship helps more girls to do the same. 

School girl sits with hand hands in her lap

“I use water and soap to wash my hands” 

More water points mean Zanima can stay healthy in the Solomon Islands. Your sponsorship helps improve communities’ access to water and healthcare.  

A young man called Jimmy smiling

“I thought menstruation was a kind of illness” 

A health club in Jimmy’s school in Uganda helps bust period myths so school is more comfortable for girls. Your sponsorship can help create more equal communities. 

Together for girls' futures

Together for girls' future

Sponsors like Judy, Amrita and Jules are supporting girls to have the futures they deserve. 

Sponsors like Judy, Amrita and Jules are supporting girls to have the futures they deserve. 

A photo of Judy who is a child sponsor


"Child marriage is wrong on so many levels. That’s why I knew I had to sponsor Ana, because I want her to know that I will stand with her.”

A photo of Amrita who is a child sponsor


“I just want Katia to grow up to be a strong independent woman, to stand up for herself and to be anything in the world that she wants to be.”

A photo of Jules who is a child sponsor


"Everybody is entitled to go to school and have that chance to learn and thrive."

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 [email protected] or request an information pack below.

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