Sponsorship changes lives
Ibrahim plays with his grandchild, Aminat, in his bountiful fields in Antsokia Valley, Ethiopia. In the 1980s, the Antsokia Valley was dry with famine. Over the years, World Vision’s emergency food aid and relief transitioned to sustainable long-term recovery programs made possible through child sponsorship. Now, they have a healthy, thriving, self-sustaining community.
Your monthly sponsorship gifts help provide basics that can give a child the chance to reach their God-given potential, and their community the opportunity to become self-sufficient.
Child sponsorship provides access to resources like clean water, improved nutrition, education, medical care, economic opportunities, and more.
Visited her sponsored child in Senegal.
"Often people ask me, 'How do you know there's a real child there?' Well that's easy for me to answer. I've met her!"
MOTHER OF SPONSORED CHILD
“I felt stressed, hopeless, and worried about my two sons' education before World Vision came to my life. […] The piglet gives me hope; I can continue to send my boy to school. I think I can live and overcome all the struggles."
FAMILY SPONSORS 5 CHILDREN
"World Vision’s program in particular isn’t just helping the child, but it’s really helping the entire community become sustainable. And I think that's wonderful.”
World Vision sponsorship is different
It's not a handout
It's a hand up! We come alongside children, families, and communities to provide tools, training, and hope so they can become self-sufficient.
It's child focused and community-based
You'll get to know, love, and encourage a specific child while helping fund resources and improvements that benefit them and their community.
It serves ALL people with Christ's love
Motivated by our faith in Jesus, we serve all children regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or gender. We go where other organizations can't.
It's time tested
We've been around for over 60 years, and we have refined our approach to cultivate a full solution to poverty and injustice.
Learn About Sponsorship
What is Child Sponsorship and how does it work?
Child Sponsorship is an opportunity to personally connect with a child, family, and community in need. You’ll walk alongside them as they work on lasting solutions to fight poverty and help vulnerable children reach their God-given potential.
When you become a child sponsor, you’ll start to build a relationship with one special child. You can connect with your child by writing letters and emails or sending cards and gifts. Knowing that someone far away cares about them and their future will be a great encouragement for a sponsored child.
Our decades of experience have proven that the most effective way to help a child is to strengthen the child’s entire community. We do this by pooling your monthly sponsorship donations with those of other sponsors in a community to provide the assistance that children and families living in poverty need most. Your generous donations will help the whole community have access to vital resources like clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, education, economic opportunities, and more.
Each community that we work with faces different challenges and has different needs, so the work we do is unique to each community. We listen to the people in the community to understand the issues hindering children from reaching their full potential and partner with them to address their short-term and long-term needs. We also work with local groups—such as churches or government organizations—to build stronger communities.
Learn more about how sponsorship works.
How will World Vision Sponsorship improve the lives of children?
We believe the best way to change the life of a child is to change the community in which he or she lives. The well-being of children is the focus of all World Vision does, and our work centers on improving the lives of vulnerable children.
Each World Vision Sponsorship project is designed to meet the most pressing needs in a sponsored child’s community, and all projects are regularly measured against these goals and objectives. Projects are designed to make sure that children are healthy by local standards, are receiving appropriate education and receive spiritual nurture. Other goals are determined by what the children and community need most: clean water and improved sanitation, better income opportunities for parents, improved agricultural production, etc.
Many of our programs are directed towards developing the skills and capabilities of adults, parents, governments and/or communities with the ultimate goal being to improve the well-being of children. Because the well-being of a child is tied to the well-being of their family and the community where they live, the work we do to help improve the life of your sponsored child is based on meeting the challenges that their community has identified.
Learn more about how we work in communities.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child through World Vision?
Your monthly donation is combined with the donations of other sponsors so we can provide long-term resources for lasting change for all the children in your child’s community. Your gift will help provide your sponsored child and other children in desperate need with the basic necessities that can help them reach their God-given potential, including access to resources like clean water, better nutrition, basic healthcare, education, spiritual nurture, and economic opportunities for his or her family, the community, and other children in need. In areas where permitted, a sponsor’s gift will also help provide a Christian education program to give children the chance to learn about Jesus and his love.
Sponsorship also assists the entire community by providing benefits like new or restored water wells, new or renovated schools and health clinics, as well as improved agricultural training. Adults may receive vocational training in areas like tailoring and carpentry or may attend classes in nutrition and hygiene.
We offer help in these areas and more–according to the needs of the community–because we believe the best way to change the life of a child is to change the community in which he or she lives.
Learn more about each of our areas of impact.
How will my monthly donation be used?
Your monthly donation is combined with the donations of other sponsors so we can provide long-term resources for lasting change in your child’s community – for sponsored children and other children in need. Giving the child or their family money does not ensure responsible spending or that the community will be able to sustain itself once we’re no longer working in the area. We believe true community development is not about providing money or even services. It lies in helping people discover their God-given potential as human beings, and working together to realize that potential.
How will my sponsored child learn about God's love?
Our faith in Jesus is central to who we are, and we follow His example in working alongside the poor and oppressed. Wherever we work, we identify ourselves as a Christian organization. We’re honored to have a distinct role in building God’s kingdom. That role is to demonstrate God’s love and care in the world. We believe that bearing witness to Christ is every Christian’s responsibility. We demonstrate our faith in various ways – by who we are and how we live, what we do, the words we use to express our faith, and by pointing to God’s work (i.e., life, deed, word, and sign).
As followers of Jesus, we serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Every day, children and families see God’s love through the care provided by our field staff. Whenever communities and their countries welcome it, and in ways that are appropriate, we verbally share our faith and provide opportunities for children and families to learn more about Jesus.
In communities where Christianity is practiced, we work closely with local churches to help provide children and their families with spiritual nurture activities like vacation Bible school, the distribution of Bibles to those who desire them, and more.
Churches often are one of the few stable institutions in these communities. They play a critical role in both spiritual and social development, and it is the Church that will nurture the faith of new believers. Churches also help World Vision staff to understand the community and its needs, and provide staff and volunteers. And churches continue to care for communities long after our work is completed.
Often sponsored children and their families, after being touched by the love and care of World Vision staff, have asked questions about our faith; many have come to share it. But we believe that only God can change hearts. Our role in the kingdom is to be faithful to His command to serve the poor. In communities where Christian teachings are not welcomed, we abide by local laws and customs while endeavoring to show respect and honor to those of different faiths.
Our dedicated staff strive to model Jesus’ example of love to children and the entire community in everything we do. Sponsors also have a vital role: praying for the child, family, and community.
Learn more about our faith in action.