World Vision

SPONSORING A CHILD

is the most powerful way you can fight poverty

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World Vision Helps Transform Communities Through Child Sponsorship

The best way to change the lives of children is to change the world in which they live. And the best way to change their world is to foster self-sufficiency within their communities. This is what World Vision child sponsorship does.

You'll help provide your sponsored child, their family, and community with access to life-saving basics such as nutritious food, clean water, health care, educational opportunities, and more.

You'll have the chance to build a one-to-one relationship with your sponsored child that could change both your lives through letters, photos, birthday cards, and more.

  1. Start by Searching for a Child

    Search for a child based on gender, country, birthday, or age.

  2. Choose a Girl or Boy to Sponsor

    In 10 days you'll receive your Welcome Kit with a photo, sponsorship DVD and more.

  3. In 6 to 12 weeks

    Be looking in the mail for your first letter from your sponsored child.
    You'll also receive an annual progress report with a new photo each year.

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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

Who is World Vision?

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.

World Vision provides hope and assistance to approximately 100 million people in nearly 100 countries. In communities around the world, we join with local people to find lasting ways to improve the lives of poor children and families.

what our sponsors have to say
I am so thankful for all the happiness and true joy she has brought to me and my family, so much more than the small amount we send for her sponsorship each month.

-Joy F.
I can say with certainty that child sponsorship really does make a difference.


-Jeff G.
One of my favorite letters came from the mother of our sponsored child, Lillian, who is two years old. She had traced Lillian's little hand print on her letter. I kept that hand print out to see for a long time.

-Kim R.
World Vision
Phone: (888) 511-6443
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063-9716
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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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