The Sponsorship Process
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.
Start by searching for a child
Search for a child based on gender, country, birthday, or age.
Choose a girl or boy to sponsor
In 10 days, you'll receive your Welcome Kit with a photo, sponsorship DVD, and more.
Watch for the first letter from your child
Within 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.
Learn About Sponsorship
How does sponsorship help children?
Child sponsorship works to build stronger communities where children can grow and thrive. This work is done by partnering with members of the community to address both the immediate and long-term needs of families.
Your sponsorship gifts help a child and their community with access to important basics like clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, and more. And in areas that welcome Christianity, your donations help support Christian ministry in your child's community. Sponsorship also helps people learn job-skills and receive business training so they can earn an income and provide for their families.
How does child sponsorship work?
Sponsorship brings change to more than just one child—it strengthens an entire community as well. By pooling your sponsorship gifts with donations from other sponsors, 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 over the long term to address critical needs and help build healthy communities for children in impoverished places.
Will I get to know my sponsored child?
You'll be given the chance to personally connect with your sponsored child and build a relationship that could change both of your lives. There are many ways to get to know and encourage your child—through letters, emails, cards, packages, and more. "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."
What are the benefits of child sponsorship?
For about $1 a day, you'll help provide a child in need with access to life-saving basics like:
- Nutritious food
- Economic development
- Clean water
- Christian commitment
Your financial gift makes a tangible, lasting difference. Sponsorship includes:
- New photos of the
- progress report
- Give special gifts
- Send letters and
What do I receive when I sponsor a child?
Every child sponsor receives:
- A welcome kit in the mail with a photo and information about your sponsored child
- The opportunity to write and receive letters, send small packages, and even email your child—visit myworldvision.org to learn more
- Annual progress reports with updated photos of your child
- A newsletter of community accomplishments each year
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 children and families living in poverty.
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