From the Field

5 reasons why you should sign up to be chosen as a sponsor

For the first time, you can be chosen as a sponsor. Child sponsorship is a beautiful two-way street. It’s a relationship that builds you both up — and helps an entire community lift themselves out of poverty. Here are five reasons why you should sign up to be chosen.

1. You’re empowering a child with positive choices.

You’ll be giving a child the choice to take hold of their future, to pursue their God-given gifts, and to become a change-maker in their family and community. Your monthly sponsorship is a life-changing connection that brings essentials like clean water, nutrition, healthcare, education, and more. And it all starts with their choice to step into a relationship with you.

A girl in Bangladesh chooses her sponsors out of a wall of photos. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Chris Huber)

2. It can be a reminder of God’s love.

“It feels very sacred and a really sweet reminder of the Lord’s love,” says Chrissy, who was chosen by Ndinda, 7. “I told my sponsor that I am very happy whenever I see her photo,” says Ndinda, who picked Chrissy because she looked like her mother who had died three years earlier.

Ndinda chose Chrissy and Regis Storey as her sponsors because Chrissy reminded her of her mother who had died three years earlier. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

3. You’re turning the tables … on yourself.

Instead of you choosing from hundreds of children in need, one of them will get to choose you! Here’s how it works: You submit a picture of yourself, we send it to a community in need, and one of the thousands of kids waiting for a sponsor has the power to choose you.

Chrissy Storey’s smile says it all. She was delighted to be chosen as a sponsor by Ndinda from Kenya. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Andrea Peer)

4. It’s a fun surprise to find out who chose you — and why.

The anticipation can be one of the best parts — it’s been described as a “Christmas morning feeling.” A child will walk up to a group of photos and feel empowered to choose you. Even better? You’ll get to hear why they chose you.

After choosing a photo, each child writes a letter telling their new sponsor why they chose them. Younger children get help from caregivers. (©2019 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)

5. Last but not least — science!

Many of these kids aren’t used to choosing, so picking their sponsor is a huge leap forward for them. Research shows that when kids in poverty have a voice in decision-making, they take action for lasting change.

©2018 World Vision/photo by Wezzie Banda

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