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Child sponsorship

invites a person like you to support and help look after the well-being of a child in need from another country — until that child and community become self-sufficient.

World Vision sponsorship is different

It's not a handout

It's not a handout

It's a hand up! We come alongside children, families, and communities to provide tools, training, and hope so they can become self-sufficient.

It’s child-focused and community-based

It's child-focused and community-based

You'll get to know, love, and encourage a specific child while helping fund resources and improvements that benefit them and their community.

It serves ALL children with Christ's love

It serves ALL children with Christ's love

Motivated by our faith in Jesus, we serve all children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender. We go where other organizations can't.

It's time-tested

It's time-tested

We've been around for over 60 years, and we have refined our approach to cultivate a full solution to poverty and injustice.

How does the sponsorship process work?

Choose a girl or boy in need to sponsor.

Choose a girl or boy in need to sponsor for an ongoing commitment of $39 a month. You are the only sponsor for this child.

You'll get a welcome packet in the mail.

You'll get a packet with photos and more. Then your child will send you a letter!

Watch your child and community grow as you receive annual updates.

Watch your child and community grow. You can send email, cards, photos, packages, and more, or even visit!

Depending on child and community needs, sponsorship provides things like...

Selvin's Story

It really works

Watch Selvin's Story

This sponsored child in Honduras talks about the changes he's already seen in his community since World Vision came.

Megan's Story

Sponsorship changed this family

Watch Megan's Story

See how sponsorship has affected her family and grown their capacity to love and care for the poor in Jesus' name.

Did you know? Every $1 you donate = $1.30 in impact, thanks to grants and product donations. That's a smart investment.

Are you ready to change a child's life for good?

Still have questions? We have answers.
Here are our top FAQs:

World Vision child sponsorship is an amazing model that allows for a one-on-one relationship with a sponsor, while pooling the gifts of all sponsors who support children in the same community so that we are able to provide long-term resources for lasting change for both sponsored children and other children in desperate need.

A child does not receive direct cash benefits like a welfare system. Giving the family of the child money does not ensure responsible spending or that the community will be able to sustain itself once World Vision is no longer working in the area.

Effective development that releases people from long-term poverty lies in helping people discover their God-given potential as human beings, then working together to realize that potential. Spiritual transformation that instills hope and promise for the future is a fundamental key.

Clean water, healthcare, agriculture, education, and income generation are important, but are secondary to the basic work of getting the community to take ownership of these projects long-term. The needs and participation of children are paramount.

Yes! You have the opportunity to send a specific extra gift through World Vision above the amount of your monthly sponsorship that can go directly to the child and his or her family. Your gift will be sent to the World Vision office near them, where staff in the field help them determine and purchase the items they need the most, such as farm animals or school supplies. You can give these extra gifts at my.worldvision.org.

You may also send your sponsored child small gifts and cards. The recommendations regarding what can be sent are in the sponsor's guide you will receive and at my.worldvision.org.

The goal of World Vision's child sponsorship is to make life better for sponsored children and other children in desperate need. Our child sponsorship programs have four basic aspirations that guide our work and on which our work is measured. Children have the right to enjoy good health; be educated for life; be cared for, protected, and participating in their communities; and experience the love of God and their neighbors.

Poverty is complex and rarely solved by one intervention. Depending on each community's needs, a sponsored child—and his or her entire community—benefit from things like clean water through new or renovated wells, school fees and supplies, better education due to restored schools and teacher training, improved nutrition due to agricultural training, as well as healthcare clinics and immunizations.

In areas where permitted, World Vision works with local churches to ensure that a sponsor's gift will also help provide a Christian education program to give children the chance to learn about Jesus and his love.

The costs of keeping records on sponsored children, translating and forwarding letters, and meeting emergencies are also covered through the monthly sponsorship gifts. A portion of these funds supports doctors, teachers, agricultural officers, auditors, and other specialized staff members who serve sponsored children and other children in need.

Your sponsorship may last several years, depending on the needs of your sponsored child.

The goal of World Vision sponsorship is to help your sponsored child and his or her community to break the cycle of poverty so they can step into the future with hope. Throughout our approximately 15-year involvement in communities, we manage, monitor, and evaluate progress toward the community's goals.

When these goals are met, World Vision can move on to other communities to serve other children in need of help.