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Sponsor a child

Transform a child's life and their whole community

Transform a child's life

Change their life. And their whole community.

Transform a child's life

When you become a Child Sponsor, both you and the child experience a life-changing and truly inspirational connection with each other.

Enjoy the incredible journey of your child's progress through personal letters, updates, and photographs, and watch as they are empowered to achieve their dreams.  

Why Sponsor a child 

Where your money goes when you sponsor a child

There is nothing else quite like sponsoring a child. Your generosity can make a measurable difference, a difference you can see and experience. 

You can protect and empower children living in the world's toughest places.

Children at risk of child marriage.

Children without an education.

Children without parents.

You can help impoverished families, children, and entire communities find hope in their future.

Sponsor stories 

What you get when you sponsor a child

Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, 4 more children benefit, too.

What child sponsors say

When Shemi had her first son, Adam, it made her want to do something for other children without the same opportunities as him. 

Shemi's sons watched Rachael grow up letter by letter, rushing to open the envelopes, each time amazed at the transformation.

Writing to your child

I would say to someone who is thinking about sponsoring a child - go ahead and do it, it is the most life changing thing ever!

When you sponsor a child

For just €25 a month

Be uniquely paired

Each sponsor is uniquely paired with a child living in one of the world's toughest places.

Empower a community

When you sponsor a child, you support their whole community to lift themselves out of poverty.

See the difference

You’ll see first-hand the difference you make through the eyes of your sponsored child.

Do something incredible today

Why World Vision

Success story

With the help of child sponsorship, Nancy became one of the first girls in her community in Kenya to graduate high school and was inspired to become an emergency aid worker. Her sponsor, Georgie, is amazed at the impact that her child sponsorship has had on Nancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can easily sign up to sponsor a child by choosing a child above or by calling our Supporter Care Team on 01 498 0800

  • World Vision has had a Child Sponsorship programme for more than 70 years. We pair donors with a vulnerable child who needs protection and empowerment.

    Child Sponsorship brings much needed change to more than just one child — the benefits you help provide extends to each child's family, their community and other children in need. 

    This is because World Vision partners, plans and works alongside local community members to help build healthy, sustainable communities for vulnerable children in the world’s hardest places. Learn more about how Child Sponsorship works. 

  • All of World Vision's work begins with listening to communities in need. Community leaders work with us to identify the most vulnerable children and families who will benefit from Child Sponsorship.

  • We work with national governments and other international agencies to identify the regions and communities that are most in need and where the most vulnerable children live. We then meet with community leaders and the wider community to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that exist for them and we develop a long-term plan together, to break the cycle of poverty. 

  • If your sponsored child does not live in a restricted country, you are free to share this information online:

    * child and community photos and videos, as long as they don’t contain landmarks that reveal your sponsored child’s location

    * excerpts of letters and cards from your sponsored child that don’t include their last name or address

    * your sponsored child’s first name, age and country

    * your sponsored child's language, hobbies, chores and grade level at school

    * your sponsored child’s general health status (excluding sensitive details)

    Sharing some types of personal information can threaten the privacy and safety of your sponsored child and their community. For this reason we don’t include last names, community names or locations or any other information that might identify the location of sponsored children on our website. We ask you to do the same when you are sharing your sponsorship story online.

    Please don’t share this information online:

    * your sponsored child’s surname and sponsorship ID number

    * first names, surnames and occupations of your sponsored child’s parents

    * your sponsored child’s address or school name and address community village/name

    * your sponsored child’s height and weight, specific medical conditions or disabilities

    * your sponsored child’s religion

    * images that are geotagged to your sponsored child's location

    These things all reveal too much about your sponsored child’s identity and location and could place them at risk.