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can change lives -
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Your sponsorship can help a girl receive an education, have access to clean water and healthcare and be protected from violence.

How does your child sponsorship work:

A girl who couldn’t afford to go to school graduated and went to university, because her sponsorship helped pay for her school fees. A boy who never thought he’d have a professional career grew up and became a teacher, because his sponsor believed in his potential. A girl achieved her dream of starting her own business, because her sponsor told her that girls are capable of anything. 

That’s the power of your sponsorship. When you choose to sponsor a child with Plan International USA, you’re choosing to make a lifelong connection that will catalyze serious change. The tax-deductible contributions you make are pooled to support community-led, self-sustaining projects that address the urgent needs in your sponsored child’s community and country. So, not only can you develop a meaningful bond with a child in poverty who needs you, but you’ll also improve the lives of the support network around them.

See how a sponsor like you helped 12-year-old Prudence from Zambia

 

“The Plan sponsorship program has helped me a lot. It has provided me with my school materials.”
Prudence, 12
Zambia

Help end child marriage:
sponsor a child

 

Today, girls around the world as young as 8 face the worst day of their lives: Their wedding day. Sponsor a child and help end child marriage.

You are moments away from changing lives:

My Name is Emradin

I am a boy from Philippines, and I am 8 Years old.

Plan International has been working in the Philippines since 1961. We ensure children realize their rights to education, protection, health care and a high quality of life. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International Philippines implements projects that focus on: Child protection; Youth economic empowerment; Disaster risk management; Nutrition and responsive care. Our Country Office is located in Manila, with program and project areas in Masbate, North Samar, West Samar, East Samar, Occidental Mindoro, Metro Manila and Central Mindanao.

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About Emradin

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a spring, up to an hour away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Emradin's family lives in a house made of plywood with a thatched roof and a wood and sand floor.

Health

According to the family, Emradin has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Emmanuel

I am a boy from Ghana, and I am 7 Years old.

Plan International has been working in Ghana to support children, particularly the most marginalised, to exercise their rights for over 25 years. Working in 637 communities, the majority of which are rural, our work has impacted the lives of 480,000 children. In Ghana, children, especially girls, suffer from violence at school and in their communities. In addition, there is a lack of quality education and many children drop out of school. As a result, there is a need to address the root causes of these issues. We work with partners to create safe communities for children that are free from all forms of violence through our child protection programmes. Our work also ensures children have the opportunity to learn through our quality, basic, inclusive education programme. We also support families to earn more money and manage it better so their children can thrive.

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About Emmanuel

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a public stand pipe, up to 30 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Emmanuel Kofi's family lives in a house made of brick with a shingle roof and a cement floor.

Health

According to the family, Emmanuel Kofi has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Emmanuel

I am a boy from Ghana, and I am 8 Months old.

Plan International has been working in Ghana to support children, particularly the most marginalised, to exercise their rights for over 25 years. Working in 637 communities, the majority of which are rural, our work has impacted the lives of 480,000 children. In Ghana, children, especially girls, suffer from violence at school and in their communities. In addition, there is a lack of quality education and many children drop out of school. As a result, there is a need to address the root causes of these issues. We work with partners to create safe communities for children that are free from all forms of violence through our child protection programmes. Our work also ensures children have the opportunity to learn through our quality, basic, inclusive education programme. We also support families to earn more money and manage it better so their children can thrive.

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About Emmanuel

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a public stand pipe, up to 30 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Emmanuel Etornam's family lives in a house made of brick with a shingle roof and a cement floor.

Health

According to the family, Emmanuel Etornam has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Edina

I am a girl from Zambia, and I am 4 Years old.

Since 1996, Plan International Zambia has been promoting children’s rights alongside communities, partners and the government. We believe in the power and potential of every child and we support the most vulnerable children and their communities to be free from poverty. We tackle the root causes of issues facing girls, such as child marriage, teenage pregnancy, violence, exclusion and poverty. We work in Central, Luapula, and Eastern Provinces and our central office is located in Lusaka. Our key areas of work include: Keeping children safe from all forms of violence; Improving children’s access to quality education and early childhood development; Supporting young people to get good jobs and earn a living; Preparing for and responding to emergencies.

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About Edina

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a borehole, up to 30 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Edina's family lives in a house made of brick with a metal roof and a cement floor.

Health

According to the family, Edina has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

Sponsorship stories

“Access to education is hard for girls in villages in Cameroon,” Fate says. “Parents decide to keep a girl child at home because there’s an idea that the female will get married, but the male child will carry the family’s legacy. I didn’t have to worry about this because of my sponsor.”

Sponsor a child

Fate’s sponsor was a woman from the U.S. who, according to Fate, treated her like she was her own child. With her sponsorship, Fate’s school fees, textbooks and uniforms were taken care of.

Fate most looked forward to when Plan’s volunteers would visit her school to deliver sponsorship letters and photos. She says those days were the most exciting times of her childhood.

“I kept all the letters,” she says. “Often I’d reread them. My sponsor showed me she cared for me even though we never met. I was the happiest child when I’d get letters.”

Learn more about Fate and child sponsorship

 

When you sponsor a girl like Fate, you form an incredible friendship

But that’s just the beginning. With Plan, you also have the unique opportunity to:

  • Send her birthday gifts and cards.
  • Give her special holiday presents called Little Treasures.
  • Subscribe her to Plan's educational kids' magazine, Sunny Days.
  • Visit her (when travel restrictions are lifted), with individual travel assistance from us. 

Each gift offering is safely hand-delivered by us, and given to your child with personalized cards from you. It’s likely that the child you sponsor will have never seen anything like these gifts, and they’re available year-round to make the bond between you and your sponsored child even stronger.

Meet a child to sponsor

 

How sponsorship changes lives: a global study

Back in 2006 we began to record the annual surveys conducted with all sponsored children, to find out exactly how sponsorship is making a difference in their lives — and the results are inspiring!

  • Sponsored children who receive letters from their sponsors are healthier, happier and more confident.
  • Girls are more empowered, and boys have reported higher levels of emotional wellbeing.
  • Over 90% of the surveyed sponsored children attended school and had their birth registered. Birth registration gives children better access to education, health services and legal protection. It also helps protect girls from child marriage and trafficking.

This is the first study that comprehensively uses the complete dataset of 12 million sponsored child surveys for a full-scale, independent analysis of child sponsorship.

Read the sponsorship report

How sponsorship works

Meet a child

See children from around the world who are waiting for a sponsor like you. Learn about their culture, country and community.

Become a sponsor

You’ll receive information about your sponsored child’s health, family, home life and more. And your sponsored child will learn about you, too!

Form a life-long bond

Exchange letters with your sponsored child, create a relationship and show them that you’re here for them — no matter how far away you are. You can create a bond that lasts forever.

When you sponsor a child with Plan International USA, you have the opportunity to develop a life-long connection with a girl or boy who needs you, while helping to improve the support network surrounding them. Over 80 years of experience have taught us that helping families and communities become self-sufficient is the best way to secure children’s futures.

As a sponsor, you can support programs, innovation and infrastructure required to deliver our programs to girls and children worldwide, in areas such as protection, education, health, sanitation, disaster relief and economic empowerment. Community led, self-sustaining projects in your sponsored child’s community and country create sustainable change and address the root causes of poverty.

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