How child sponsorship works
Motivated by our faith in Jesus, we work in some of the world's toughest places on earth empowering children, families, and their communities out of poverty. Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, four more children benefit, too!
Partner with communities
Our in-country staff connect with local leaders and parents to determine their unique needs, then partner with them on lasting solutions. Our aim is to equip people with the tools and knowledge they require to build better futures for themselves.
1 child + 1 sponsor
Vulnerable children are nominated by the people in that community for the sponsorship program. Each boy or girl is matched with only one sponsor. This one-to-one connection is a powerful way to share God's love.
Your gifts go to work
Your monthly sponsorship gift is combined with other donations to invest in locally tailored solutions — ensuring long-term access to essentials for your sponsored child, their families, and other vulnerable kids.
Celebrate the progress
Your love, prayers, letters, and donations result in real, lasting change for your sponsored child, their family, and their community.
Top sponsorship needs
Children who have been orphaned
Sponsor a boy or girl that has lost one or both parents…
CHOOSE A CHILD
Children who live in high-risk areas
Sponsor a boy or girl living in a highly vulnerable region of the globe…
Children who have been waiting the longest
Find a boy or girl waiting for a sponsor for over a year…
END THEIR WAIT
But will it make a difference?
Yes! We’re not just any Christian children’s fund or charity. If you sponsor through us, you can hear directly from those whose lives you’ve changed. What you’ve given through sponsorship shows you believe in your child’s God-given potential while providing access to essentials so they can survive.
Georgie believed in Nancy. Now, Nancy believes in herself. She faithfully serves others with smiles and optimism.
Sponsorship helps ensure lasting access to essentials — physical, emotional, and spiritual — for a full and healthy life.
Child sponsorship FAQs
Does sponsoring a child actually help?
Yes! Multiple independent studies have proven the long-term effectiveness of sponsoring children and sponsorship programs in general. Independent university research evaluating World Vision’s programs specifically shows that participation leads to multiple improvements in kids’ lives, such as:
- Being happier and more hopeful
- Enjoying good health
- Having higher levels of school attendance
Teen participation in World Vision activities was associated with higher levels of social support, resilience, and life satisfaction.
The research also found that World Vision’s sponsorship programs foster collaboration and build bridges that strengthen communities. Across the five area programs that were evaluated, sponsorship was successful in involving vulnerable and marginalized groups as well as including communities of both Christian and non-Christian faiths.
Does my $39 monthly gift go directly to the child’s family?
When you sponsor through us, you’re connected with one specific boy or girl. But sponsored children don’t receive direct cash benefits. Instead, your monthly donation is pooled with other donations to fund development projects that benefit your sponsored child, their families, their community, and other children in need — ensuring you have maximum impact. And it works! Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, four more children benefit, too.
What is the best organization to sponsor through?
The best organization to sponsor through depends on what’s most important to you. There are several reputable sponsorship organizations with different but effective approaches, all of which you can research on Charity Navigator. The World Vision difference stems from our goal — life in all its fullness for children, especially the most vulnerable. We value every boy and girl as a precious gift from God, made in His image and valuable in His sight. We see them as whole people, and seek to support their entire well-being: physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. This shapes our approach to working with children to become all God meant them to be — in body, mind, and spirit. If these values resonate with you, then you’re likely to agree that we will be the best organization for you to sponsor through and donate to.
How long will my child sponsorship last?
Your sponsorship is an ongoing commitment that supports your sponsored boy or girl, their families, and their community, helping them overcome poverty for the long term. We partner with communities, typically for 10 to 15 years, until they can sustain improvements on their own. Your ongoing sponsorship allows you to witness the progress firsthand, for as long as you’re able.
Is this child “real?” Do others sponsor the same child?
With us, each child is matched with only one sponsor, and yes — they’re real people with real stories. Get to know your sponsored children and their families through letters and emails, photos, progress updates, and more. See your sponsored children and see firsthand how your donation is helping to transform their community and foster growing hope for the future.
What do you get when you sponsor a child?
When you sponsor children through us, you’ll get instant access to information about your sponsored child and their region of the map through a My World Vision account or by downloading the World Vision app! In your account, you can see the latest updates, view photos and videos, read progress reports, and more. You can also send your sponsored boy or girl an email right from the app. Your new sponsored child will write you an introductory letter, which will arrive in the mail.
As a sponsor, you’ll also get our award-winning World Vision magazine two times a year, with beautiful photos and stories about the work you help make possible. And once a year, you’ll get a progress report with updates about improvements in your child’s community and how your child has benefited from area-specific programs.
How do you share your Christian faith around the globe?
World Vision clearly identifies as a Christian organization, no matter where we go, and we demonstrate our Christian faith in inclusive and culturally sensitive ways that are appropriate for the people we serve. Wherever possible, we work and partner with local churches and Christian organizations to support and strengthen their ongoing ministry so that everybody can learn about God’s love for them, grow in their faith, and nurture hope. In communities where sharing the gospel is limited by law or culture, we believe that the selfless acts of our staff are a testimony to God’s love and goodness. We serve every person we can, of any faith or none.
Do I have to write letters to the children I sponsor?
No, writing letters to your sponsored children is not required. When you first sponsor, you’ll receive a letter from your boy or girl introducing themselves. You don’t have to respond, but we make it quick and easy for you to do so by sending your them an email through your My World Vision account (which our staff will print and deliver to them). You can also send a card or care package. Kids really value a life-enriching connection with their sponsors. Your encouragement can give your sponsored boy or girl hope and confidence — a tangible reminder of God’s love!
How do I sponsor a child?
There are two ways to sponsor: You can 1) choose a child to sponsor based on their age, gender, location, or type of need, or 2) put the power to choose in a child’s hands by signing up to be chosen by a kid. You can donate monthly by credit card, debit card, or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
How much does sponsoring a child cost?
To sponsor in another country through World Vision costs $39 per month. To maximize your monthly gifts, we combine them with other donations to fund programs that create long-term access to essential resources — like clean water, food, education, healthcare, and more — for your sponsored child, the community, and other vulnerable kids. Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, four more children benefit, too! Everywhere we serve, our aim is to strengthen and empower the entire population, so all people have the chance to experience fullness of life.
What is child sponsorship? What does sponsoring a child do?
Sponsorship pairs one caring sponsor with one kid in need in a mutually rewarding connection. When you sponsor through us, you support a boy or girl’s entire community to establish long-term access to essentials — like clean water, food, education, and more — according to the children’s and community’s needs. You also get to connect with your sponsored child through letters, photos, small packages, and your prayers for them. Our programs are Christ-centered, children-focused, and community-based. Learn more about what makes our child sponsorship programs unique.
Why sponsor a child?
Sponsoring is the most personal, effective way to fight poverty — and support children and families as they work toward better lives and futures. When you sponsor through us, you build special relationships and encourage the most vulnerable people with hope for the future. Plus, your donations join forces with other sponsors to empower your child, their community, and other kids to lift themselves out of poverty for good. Everything we do has one aim — fullness of life for every child. Your support enables the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of those in need.
Where can I sponsor a child?
You can sponsor in almost any region:
- Central America
- Eastern Europe
- Middle East
- South America
Where are you most passionate about helping end poverty? What country or region is on your heart? Sponsoring through World Vision means you’ll support solutions that are tailored to equip your child’s neighborhood for lasting change. In fact, 99% of our staff work in their home region, and our area program staff live in or close to the districts where they serve — meaning they understand local challenges and opportunities and walk alongside families to achieve a shared dream of hope for children.
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