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Stories about the power of child sponsorship
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.
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.”
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.
- 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. This is essential to creating sustainable solutions that ensure children’s rights and equality for girls.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
A portion of sponsorship funds are used to support extremely vulnerable children in places where sponsorship isn’t possible, such as conflict and fragile settings, urban areas and the Pacific.
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 supporting them to speak up, know their rights and lead, we’re working towards a better, more equal world for all.
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.