Sponsoring a child is a rewarding experience.
You have the chance to help entire communities develop the skills they need to create positive change for generations. Your monthly donations will help fund projects specific to the needs of that community, covering areas like education, food and nutrition, health, clean water, and sanitation. Your sponsored child acts as a community representative, and won't receive special treatment over other children.
When we develop projects, we involve community members from the start, ensuring we understand – and address – any challenges they face. We'll combine your monthly donation with thousands our other child sponsors' so that communities have the best chance to overcome poverty in the long term.
YOUR SPONSORSHIP JOURNEY
You can write letters to your sponsored child, and they can write to you too. You'll also receive photos of them, and get regular updates on their progress.
You'll get to see your gift in action, and the support it provides to help communities break the poverty cycle. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even visit your sponsored child.
Through child sponsorship, kids can access things like:
- nutritious meals and skills on growing their own food
- clean drinking water at school and home
- vaccinations in health centres
- education and school materials like pencils, books and bags.
In some communities, child sponsorship can set the foundations for a stable family income through skills and business training for parents, so they can support their children for the long term.
Where does my money go?
76% of funds raised go to our programs overseas to help poor communities in need.
Why doesn’t my money go directly to children?
To create lasting change, a child cannot be isolated from a family, or a family from a community. Direct assistance to individual families often creates dependency. Our programs are designed to encourage community participation and offer long-term, sustainable solutions rather than short-term welfare assistance.
How is Plan International working to protect sponsored children involved in the program?
The rights of children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. The privacy, dignity and wellbeing of all children is our shared priority, and we take every step to ensure we – and everyone we engage with – keep children safe from intentional or unintentional harm.
To read more about how we can work together to safeguard children and young people, read our full policy here: https://www.plan.org.au/contact/child-safeguarding-policy
How do I write to my sponsored child?
You can write online by setting up a MyPlan account, where you can access information about writing a letter to your sponsored child, including guidelines on what to write, and what to avoid. You can upload photos here, too.
You can post your letter to Plan International at GPO Box 2818 Melbourne 3001. Include your sponsored child's identification number and your Plan International ID number on your letter and on photos. To prevent unwanted mail from people not connected to your sponsored child, please don't include your address in your letter or on the envelope.
Once we've received your letter, we'll screen it to ensure the content is appropriate before sending it to our office in the country where your sponsored child lives. Your letter will be translated and delivered to your sponsored child.
Can I send my sponsored child a gift or money?
While this is very thoughtful we are not able to accept gifts or money for sponsored children. Despite the very best intentions, gifts can cause tension between other children and families in the community and may not always be appropriate for some cultures. Although you can’t send gifts, we do encourage you to write to your sponsored child. You can send letters, cards and photos; children especially love to see what their sponsor looks like!
Can I fund my sponsored child’s education after they graduate from the sponsorship program?
We do not encourage this. We cannot guarantee the funds are being spent as you have anticipated, and it has the potential to create a dependency on the sponsor which is not in a child’s best interests.
What happens when my sponsored child turns 18?
Once your sponsored child turns 18, they will graduate from the Plan International child sponsorship program. You should be very proud, because you helped make this happen! At this time we’ll give you the option to continue to make a difference by sending you details of another child, unless you’ve advised otherwise. If you’re happy to continue, you don’t have to do anything and your contributions will transfer to your new sponsored child and their community. If your sponsored child leaves the sponsorship program before they turn 18, we will also give you the option to continue your support by sending you details of another child.
Can I post pictures of my sponsored child on social media?
To protect the safety of your sponsored child, please do not post personal details or photos of your sponsored child on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram, or use the photos on websites and in emails.
You're welcome to display photos of your sponsored child the same as you would display photos of family and friends. If you would like to display information about your sponsored child for group sharing or fundraising purposes, please contact us first.
Can I visit my sponsored child?
Of course! We always encourage you to build a relationship with your sponsored child and the community you’re helping. Meeting your sponsored child is an exciting experience – you’ll get to see the difference you’re making to their life with your very own eyes.
Preparing for your visit requires careful planning by Plan International Staff here in Australia and in the field office. To ensure the safety of sponsored children, we require all visitors (18 years and over) to undertake a national police check. All visits must be arranged with our Sponsorship Coordinators in our Australia office. Contact us to find out more.