Sponsor a child

Support a child, and you can transform a community.

When you sponsor a child with Plan International, you do more than just improve the life of a single child. Our child-centred, community-based approach to child sponsorship means we establish meaningful relationships with sponsored children and their families to create lasting change. By pooling our sponsorship funds together at a community level, we are able to implement programs that tackle the root causes of discrimination, exclusion and vulnerability.

 

 

How it works

Sponsoring a child with Plan International is one of the easiest ways
to improve the lives of all children, and to make sure girls have access to equal opportunities.
Here’s how it works.

You can select the country, age range and gender of a child you would like to sponsor or alternatively select the child that is most in need of support.
Give a monthly gift of $54.50. Your support will go towards that child’s community, as well as funding vital advocacy and programmatic work in countries where children cannot be sponsored.
You will receive annual updates about the child you sponsor, and the work that you are supporting in their community. Plus, you can send them a card on their birthday, and exchange letters with them throughout the years.

The rights of children and young people is 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.

Stories about the power of child sponsorship

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Introducing Tort

Introducing Tort, a 25-year-old young woman living in Cambodia, who was once a Plan International Sponsored Child. Tort was born with one arm, and from an early age, she recognised that education was her best chance to lead an independent life.

After studying hard and graduating, Tort’s dream is to become a high-school teacher and provide free lessons to the youngest children in her community.

When asked why Tort wants to become a high-school teacher, she says,

“As a thank you, because I myself received so much support through Plan International”. Through her ongoing connection with Plan International, in 2019 Tort travelled, at the invitation of the Finnish government, to appear as a Plan International Ambassador in Helsinki. The goals Tort is achieving, and the impact she’s creating for other children is just one of the examples of how sponsoring a child can support an entire community.

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Introducing Cássia

Now 18 years old, Cássia lives in Brazil’s Maranhão state. Previously a sponsored child, she believes sponsorship is very important, not only for her, but also for other children in the community.

“It is through resources raised from child sponsorship that Plan International is able to carry out educational projects and activities for children. The help of our sponsors is very important for the development of children and adolescents.”

Cássia has been part of other Plan International projects in her community, and she has big plans for her future. “My dream is to graduate in social work and become a focal point in my community. I want to change the history of our country. I believe that when we have responsible leaders, and young people and children see these leaders as an example, we will also have a better community and a better Brazil.”

Sponsor a child

Introducing Kaligueta

Kaligueta is 15 years old, and is a current Plan International sponsored child living in Burkina Faso. With COVID-19 affecting all parts of the globe, Kaligueta has been taking part in sessions raising awareness on the virus and how she can protect herself from it.

“I understood that it is necessary to protect ourselves from this disease. I must wear a mask, wash my hands with soap and keep my distance from others,” says Kaligueta. “I have seen Plan International volunteers in the village, they teach people how to fight the disease. Now families know how it is transmitted and how to protect themselves. As my father is a tailor, we asked him to sew masks for the whole family.”

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we’re ensuring all of our programs are adapting to respond to this virus, so children in our sponsorship program and their families are supported with everything they need during this pandemic.

Our Child Sponsorship Promise highlights some of the incredible benefits of sponsoring a child.

  1. Our sponsorship approach enables us to build long term relationships with communities. This allows us to have meaningful dialogue with and between families, communities, authorities and governments, which is essential to the creation of sustainable solutions that ensure children’s rights and equality for girls are upheld.
  2. Sponsored children are increasingly empowered to participate in and influence the decisions that matter to them, their families and communities at community, national and global levels.
  3. Sponsorship is an opportunity to form a personal connection with a child and their family that contributes to a global community united for the rights of all children, and for girls to challenge inequalities.
  4. Sponsorship allows us to link up with other funding so we can reach more children and increase our impact both within, and beyond, sponsored children’s communities.

Frequently asked questions

Plan International’s unique child sponsorship model means we support children, young people and entire communities to drive their own change at local, national and global levels. We elevate the voices of girls, who are often excluded from decision-making, and make sure their unique needs are considered when responding to crises. Plan International is non-religious and non-political in its orientation and accepts all children and communities into its child sponsorship program, regardless of their sex, race, political persuasion or religion. Poverty does not discriminate, so neither do we.
In most cases, you will have the same sponsored child until they turn 18, when they graduate from the program; a bittersweet, but exciting day! After this, you will have the opportunity to change another child’s life through a new sponsorship. Sometimes, it’s necessary for a child to leave the sponsorship program for other reasons. In this case, Plan International Australia is happy to help match you with another child.
Meeting the sponsorship promise is our highest priority, and we are proud of the impact of child sponsorship for children and their communities. A portion of sponsorship funds are also used to support extremely vulnerable children in places where sponsorship isn’t possible, such as conflict and fragile settings, urban areas and the Pacific. Overall, almost 80 cents in every dollar goes towards our programs and impact for children.
Right now, millions of girls are being married as children. Forced out of school. Killed by violence. Half the world’s population is being held back by inequality, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When girls are empowered to speak up, know their rights and lead, they can create a better, more equal world. And a better now for girls, means a better future for everyone.

When girls are educated and supported – their entire family and community benefits, including boys and men. Because gender inequality affects absolutely everyone. By standing with girls and empowering them to speak up, know their rights and lead, we’re working towards a better, more equal world for all.
We are dedicated to creating a better, more equal world that doesn’t hold girls and women back. Working with girls is the key to helping everybody. We pride ourselves on being the charity for girl’s equality, but our commitment to girls is never to the exclusion of boys. We work with communities to help redefine how they view gender, and challenge the expectations that prevent everyone from realising their full potential. We know that gender equality cannot be realised without working with men and boys.

Gender inequality affects men and women, and is often made worse by other forms of social exclusion such as age, location, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and ethnicity. We are working to challenge these harmful attitudes in order to create a world where everyone can be free to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential.