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How does sponsorship help children?

Millions of children around the world need help to break the never-ending cycle of poverty. Hunger weakens them. Unsafe drinking water makes them sick. Missing out on an education keeps them from reaching their potential.

As a sponsor, you will help provide a child with sustainable access to appropriate life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare, and education.

Child sponsorship also helps families and communities lift themselves out of poverty by providing job training, business coaching, small loans, along with training to help poverty-affected farmers learn new ways to irrigate and grow crops.

How does child sponsorship work?

Sponsorship brings change to more than just 1 child — the benefits you help provide extend to each child's family, their community, and other children in need. That's because World Vision plans and works alongside local community members to help build healthy communities for children in impoverished places.

World Vision partners with sponsored children's communities over the long term to address critical needs and help communities become self-sustaining.

Will I get to know my sponsored child?

You'll be given the opportunity to personally connect with your sponsored child — building a relationship that could change both your lives. "I know my sponsor," says Solange, an 11-year-old sponsored girl from Rwanda. "She writes me letters. I love her very much. She sponsors me because she loves me . . . it's good to be sponsored."

How can I know that my donations are effective?

We are committed to using all contributions to our work wisely and effectively. By leveraging or combining funds from child sponsors and other contributors, with government grants and goods donated by corporations, we ensure that all gifts entrusted to us have maximum impact.

In 2010, 85 percent of World Vision's total operating expenses were used for programs that benefit children, families, and communities in need.

What do I receive when I sponsor a child?

Every child sponsor receives:

  • A welcome kit with a photo and information about your sponsored child plus an introductory DVD
  • The opportunity to write and receive letters, send small packages and even email your child
  • Annual progress reports with updated photos of your child

about world vision

Who we are

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Who we serve

We serve close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Why we serve

Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people.

World Vision
Phone: (888) 511-6443
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716
© 2010 World Vision Inc.
World Vision, Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part.

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