Sponsor a child with World Vision

Sponsoring a child is a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need.

For $39 a month, you'll help that child and their community to stand tall, free from poverty.

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Your monthly gift of $39 provides your child and their community with life-changing opportunities like these:

How child sponsorship works

1. Choose a child to sponsor

You can look forward to getting the first letter from your child within 6-12 weeks. It’s the start of an uplifting relationship, and a more abundant life for you both.

Learn more about how to sponsor a child

How it works to sponsor a child. Step 1, Choose a child to sponsor, like this little boy in India. Bedal age 9, proudly holds a drawing.

Sponsored child Bedal is a 9-year-old boy with special needs who lives in Delhi, India and loves to draw.

2. Your gift helps your sponsored child and their entire community

Your donation combines with gifts from all other sponsors who support kids in the same area. Translation? Long-term resources for everyone. Nice!

Why sponsor a child? Learn more

Sponsor a child and help lift their entire community out of poverty. Child sponsorship community birthday party.

Nearly 200 sponsored children in Mexico celebrate their birthday for the first time at a community birthday celebration.

3. Local staff makes your donations go the extra mile

Children don’t get direct cash benefits. Better yet, our local staff partners with the community to create a sustainable plan to keep the community out of poverty, even once we’ve moved on to help other communities.

Learn more about where we have local staff and where you can sponsor a child

We leverage your monthly gift when you sponsor a child to bring the greatest benefit to your child and the children in their community. Sponsoring a child helps communities become sustainable and self-sufficient, like this farmer in Senegal.

Asmiru has worked for World Vision Senegal for 6 years, and is a trusted advisor, advocate and friend to the Paroumba community.

4. Stay connected for the important moments

The My World Vision digital experience let’s you get regular updates, track community progress, and view photos and videos of your child. You can even send your child a letter through email.

Log in to My World Vision for updates from your sponsored child. iPad with photos and latest news for a child sponsor.

What you get when you sponsor a child

  • Welcome packet with child information
  • Yearly child photos
  • Regularly mailed updates and letters
  • The My World Vision digital experience gives you the ability to email and track the progress of your child and their community
Photo of the letters, photos, welcome packet, photo bookmark, and smartphone with sponsored child’s information you get when you sponsor a child in need through World Vision.

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Have questions about sponsoring a child?

These are just a few of our most frequently asked questions, but you can find our full FAQs and top 5 myths on our About Child Sponsorship page.

Why sponsor a child through World Vision?

World Vision child sponsorship is unique because we look at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community. Then we work with each community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better future for all children. We call this our community development approach. Children don’t get cash every month, but instead we pool monthly sponsorship donations and leverage them for maximum effectiveness. We want to make the community a healthier place to grow up for every child in the community. Depending on the needs of your child’s community, things like clean water systems, improved schools, health clinics, farming co-ops, pastor training, and community savings groups create a vibrant, sustainable future for everyone.

Sponsoring a child through World Vision means that children, families, and communities have a sustainable, comprehensive plan for a bright future. Clean water keeps children healthy and allows crops to grow; nourishing food and life-saving healthcare help children stay in school; education lifts entire families out of poverty; economic opportunity creates jobs and secure futures; the love of God brings hope and spiritual transformation.

But the really great thing is that communities are trained and empowered to take ownership of their projects, meaning we can eventually move on to help other communities in need. We want to work ourselves out of a job! And since 95 percent of our staff work in their local regions, they know the culture and can help create tailored solutions for every community.

What is child sponsorship?

When you sponsor a child through World Vision, you get to connect through letters and photos with a child in need, but you also get to partner with your child's community to address the root causes of their poverty. Sponsorship helps bring them things like healthcare, clean water, education, nutritious food, protection from exploitation, economic opportunity, gender equality, and God's hope.

Sponsoring a child is one of the most effective, inspiring, and rewarding things you can do to fight poverty. Through World Vision's community development approach, our sponsorship programs help families and communities out of poverty for good.

How do I sponsor a child?

Even though World Vision's approach to lifting children out of poverty starts with the community, sponsoring a child is still a one-on-one experience.

  1. Choose a child to sponsor whose story, interests, and circumstances resonate with you.
  2. Every month, your $39 sponsorship donation is pooled with other sponsors to fund programs that benefit your child and their community.
  3. Along the way, you can build a relationship with your sponsored child and your child’s community through letters, videos, time, prayer, updates, encouragement, and more.
  4. Sponsors who have the flexibility and resources can even arrange visits to see their child.

By sponsoring a child, you get to watch the impact of your donation on both that child and on his or her community. Child sponsorship with World Vision has a huge multiplier effect. We stretch your dollar as far as possible to help lift both your child and their peers out of poverty. In fact, for every child sponsored, 4 other children in the community are helped!

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

Child sponsorship with World Vision is $39 a month and it has a huge multiplier effect. We stretch your dollar as far as possible to help lift both your child and their entire community out of poverty. In fact, for every child sponsored, 4 other children in the community are helped!

Why sponsor a child?

  1. For relationship: We were created for relationships — to be in community with God, with each other, and especially with those who need our help. That's when we're most fully alive. Child sponsorship is one of those joyful connections, and it's a practical way to show God's love to a child in need.
  2. For meaning: Some of you sponsor a child to introduce your own children to global issues. Some sponsor to pass on your values to your grandchildren. Sponsoring a child with the exact birthday as a child in your life can make the connection especially deep. They entered the world on the same day, just under different circumstances…but they will be forever tied together because of your decision to become a sponsor.
  3. For effectiveness: Sponsoring a child through World Vision means helping your sponsored child, their family, and their community out of poverty for good with comprehensive, sustainable solutions to the root causes of poverty.

Where can I sponsor a child?

Our child sponsorship work spans the entire globe. You can sponsor a child in many countries throughout these areas:

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • South America
  • the Middle East
  • Eastern Europe

Where are you most passionate about helping end poverty? What country is on your heart? Sponsoring a child through World Vision means developing solutions for your child’s community based on their specific needs. You can rest in the knowledge that you’re effectively combating the issues you care about most.

What is the best child sponsor organization?

World Vision will be the best child sponsorship organization for you if you're looking for a Christian organization with sustainable, community-based approach. Learn more about how we work.

How long is my child sponsorship commitment?

When you sponsor, you get to create a long-term friendship with a child in need. While you can cancel at any time, you may continue sponsoring your child for as long as your child remains in the program. Many sponsors enjoy exchanging letters and photos over several years.

How does sponsoring a child help?

World Vision child sponsorship programs help address the root causes of poverty and injustice in your child’s community so your child, and all children in the community can have a full life. We come alongside your sponsored child’s family and community with the tools they need to thrive and become self-sufficient.

Will the child I sponsor be a Christian?

Maybe. We work in many countries where Christianity is the majority faith, but we are also honored to be invited to work in many countries where Christianity is a minority faith, or barely present. We take great care to show God’s love in culturally appropriate ways, and serve every child we can of any faith or none. What a great opportunity! Learn more about how we live out our Christian faith.