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Sponsor a child today

And help more children like Thailan to thrive

You can sponsor a child today and support a whole community. Your donations will help more children to get an education, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to raise their voices, stay in school longer and stop harmful practices like child marriage. Your donation will support communities with water and healthcare as well as protection in an emergency.  

Start your sponsorship journey today by choosing where you’d like to sponsor below.

Sponsor a child

 
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For every child sponsored, 55 additional children will benifit

Our child sponsorship programme benefits children in 45 countries

Do you have a specific country in mind? you’ll be able to select in the next few steps.

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE

A welcome pack

Your welcome pack introduces you to the child you sponsor and provides information all about them and their community. You'll receive your pack within 4-7 days of signing up, which 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 child 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

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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 the 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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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.
“Now I go to school when I have my period and I don’t miss any classes.,” Hamda,15, Somalia.
“Now I go to school when I have my period and I don’t miss any classes.” Hamda,15, Somalia.

HAMDA’S STORY

Hamda would often miss vital learning when on her period because she didn’t have access to essential period products and safe toilets at her school “I missed many classes because of that. This affected my education.” 

Hamda took part in sessions ran by Plan International, aimed at raising awareness of periods and how to manage them with dignity. Girls and young women were also provided with menstrual hygiene kits. “I am so happy that I got a sanitary kit that I can use now instead of clothing.” 

Plan International also built safe toilets at Hamda’s school. “We can now use the toilets in school freely, without any fear. I’m so happy for this,” says Hamda. 

You can support more girls like Hamda to access education by becoming a child sponsor today. 

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 SPONSORSHIP MATTERS

One in every four children is living in a country affected by conflict or disaster

Every three secondsanother girl becomes a child bride

Every 60 secondsa child dies because they don’t have access to clean water

HOW SPONSORSHIP HELPS CHILDREN THRIVE

WHEN YOU SPONSOR A CHILD, YOU’LL SUPPORT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

Protection during emergencies

Providing emergency relief to keep children safe through the toughest circumstances and support the long-term recovery of communities.

Clean water and healthcare

Meaning children have the essentials to grow up strong and healthy and reach their full potential.
Irene, 13, Malawi

Breaking barriers to education

Providing learning spaces and materials to ensure that girls can continue learning, even in the face of the climate crisis.
Equal access to education

Equal access to education

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

SHARING HOPES FOR THE FUTURE

“Though everything looks tough, I am tougher than the situation.”

Sponsored child, Kenya

“Different language is not a hindrance in making friends.”

Sponsored child, Kenya

“My dream is to be a musician in the future.”

Sponsored child, Sierra Leone

Frequently asked questions

Is sponsorship like adoption?

No, it's not. The child you sponsor will have a family of their own, but your words of encouragement play an important role for them and their community. Letter writing also helps children 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.

Can I visit the child I sponsor?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, yes you can! Visiting the child you sponsor is a fantastic opportunity and if you are interested in visiting, we would love to hear from you. See our Visit The Child You Sponsor page for more information.

How long will I sponsor for?

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

How do you keep children safe?

Your support will help end harmful practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation (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 you have about sponsorship and our work. You can reach them on 0300 777 9779 or supporterquestions@plan-uk.org.

SPONSOR A CHILD TODAY

Help a child to thrive and achieve their dreams

*Banner image: Thailan, 5, Cambodia. She enjoys attending pre-school in her community which was built by Plan International, thanks to sponsors like you.