Sponsor a child online
Sponsoring children changes lives
Many children and families in the developing world lack access to such essentials as clean water, food, basic healthcare resources and a home in which to take shelter from the elements - things that most of us are fortunate enough to be able to take for granted. Sadly, many children in the UK are also in need of charity-based support.
£22.80 per month
£15 per month
from £2 per month
For more information on each of these registered child sponsorship charities and the differences between their sponsor a child programmes, see our child sponsorship comparison.
Humanitarian charities strive to provide support to those living in poverty and to make a real difference to their lives. Some of these charities operate "sponsor a child" fundraising programmes, through which they fund and manage vital work that delivers healthcare, sanitation, water, education and other projects, including many that enable people to help themselves in the longer-term.
Sponsor a Child Programmes
Charity child sponsorship schemes focus on improving the children's quality of life including in respect of their health, nutrition and education - helping them to realise their potential, all the way through into adulthood.
The programmes also build mutually beneficial bonds between the children and their supporters, who receive regular feedback on the progress of the child that they have chosen to sponsor.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child?
The minimum contribution required when sponsoring a child differs between charities, ranging from £15 - £22.80 a month, which is roughly equivalent to 50p - 75p a day. Should you wish to donate more, you are of course welcome and able to do so.
Online child sponsorship
You can sponsor a child online right now with Barnardo's for just £15 a month (UK registered charity number 216250) or with World Vision for just £22.80 per month (UK registered charity number 285908). If you'd like more information regarding the differences between these and other child sponorship schemes, see our child sponsorship charity comparison.
How beneficial is child sponsorship?
In a word, hugely. Even "small" donations - as viewed from our perspective, living in the UK - can be put to immense practical benefit in support of a charity's work with children, families and communities in developing countries.
Critically, whilst one-off donations are always greatly appreciated by charities, the financial support provided when sponsoring a child is ongoing. This assurance of repeat income enables the charities that operate these schemes to plan and deliver continuous support to the long-term benefit of the sponsored child and their community.
Where can I sponsor a child?
Child sponsorship programmes support children world-wide, including in the UK, Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Central and Latin America. Countries in which you can sponsor a child include:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.
Eastern Europe: Albania, Armenia.
Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam.
Caribbean, Latin and Central America: Bolivia, Chile, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras.