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FAQs About Sponsorship

1. How much does child sponsorship cost and how can so little do so much?
2. How does sponsorship lead to community development?
3. How are children selected for the sponsorship program?
4. How long will my sponsorship last?
5. As a child sponsor, what will I receive?
6. Can I visit my sponsored child?
7. Which regions can I sponsor a child from?
8. How is Plan different from other child sponsorship organizations?

1. How much does child sponsorship cost and how can so little do so much?
Child sponsorship costs about a dollar a day. Your contribution dollars will be combined with those of other sponsors to strengthen the fabric of the world in myriad ways, depending on the specific needs of the communities with which we partner.

In addition to building schools, health clinics, latrines, and clean-water wells for millions of children and their families, we offer many ways to support meaningful and lasting change. Below are some examples:

  • Reading and literacy development programs
  • Initiatives to end violence against children in school
  • Health services training, especially in rural, under-served areas—often working to sensitize communities to immediate and preventable health hazards
  • Assistance for children living with HIV/AIDS, including peer support and counseling
  • Life-saving campaigns to stop child trafficking
  • Women and infant survival programs, frequently in rural settings
  • Nutrition campaigns, which may include a chicken to lay eggs for a family’s protein source
  • Enhanced livelihood training programs that especially help women and children rise out of poverty using their own skills

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2. How does sponsorship lead to community development?
The ongoing commitment of child sponsorship allows a steady stream of funds that Plan can allocate in advance to ensure community development work continues. 

Communities are chosen by Plan through detailed research of their need for long-term development and their desire to work with us to create a better world for their children. Plan then consults with the men, women, and leaders. Children and youth are approached individually and in groups to gain a sense of the community's challenges and priorities.

After almost a year of consultation and relationship building, the child sponsorship programs begins after the appropriate projects are chosen by the community and facilitated through Plan's investments. Once the community is considered to have the skills and knowledge to be self-sustaining, Plan withdraws and moves to a new area.

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3. How are children selected for the sponsorship program?
The selection of children for sponsorship is determined at group meetings in the communities that have made the decision to work with us. Families and their children voluntarily enroll in the program. There is only one sponsor per child; however, in some cases, siblings may be sponsored by the same or a different sponsor.

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4. How long will my sponsorship last?
Your sponsorship comes to closure when the child you are currently sponsoring becomes an adult, sometime after his or her 18th birthday. There are, however, other circumstances that may cause your sponsorship with a particular child to stop earlier. If this happens, we will contact you as soon as possible to see about transferring your sponsorship to another child.

Below is an overview of some reasons why your sponsorship may end earlier than you expected:

  • Success: Plan’s involvement in his or her community may reach completion. When it’s clear that a community can manage its own development without us, we gradually phase out our participation. This is a cause for celebration, because it means our partnership has been a success!
  • Security: Occasionally, if the situation in a country or community puts our staff at risk (in cases of war, for example), or if our presence in a community puts its inhabitants in danger, we may close operations and withdraw ahead of schedule.
  • Relocation: The child you sponsor and his or her family may move away from the region where Plan operates, which means they can no longer participate in the sponsorship program.

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5. As a child sponsor what do I receive?
Child sponsors receive regular information from Plan so that you are regularly updated on the child sponsorship program. You will receive:

  • A photo of your child and a Sponsorship Guide.
  • A Family Profile report direct from the field which introduces you to your sponsored child and provides information about their circumstances and their community.
  • Frequent communications which explain some of the key Plan projects that are being implemented in your child’s country.
  • Opportunity to communicate with your child and visit your child in their village.
  • An annual tax receipt which allows you to claim the full benefit of your tax deduction with all child sponsorship payments and additional donations.

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6. Can I visit my sponsored child?
Yes, Plan always encourages child sponsors to build relationships with the child and community they assist through sponsor visits. Meeting your sponsored child can be a most valued experience that strengthens your relationship and understanding about Plan's work in the community. You are most welcome to visit your sponsored child and observe the community development work Plan has been assisting through your valued contribution. Find out more about visiting.

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7. Which regions can I sponsor a child from?
Plan has child sponsorship programs in 50 developing countries in Asia, West Africa, East & Southern Africa and Central & South America. Learn more about the countries where Plan works.

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8. How is Plan different from other child sponsorship organizations?
At Plan, we ensure that children are at the heart of everything we do. We make this happen by encouraging children to participate and contribute their ideas so that they are truly heard in their communities.

Plan believes that when one child is given the opportunity to fulfill her or his potential, families and communities are also changed forever. We purposefully listen to children’s opinions and concerns, understanding that they often hold the key to making communities healthier and more resilient. We encourage children to participate in the problem-solving processes within their own communities, and help give them the confidence and leadership skills that will serve them into their adulthood. We empower children who catalyze adults to shift their thinking about important issues impacting everyone.

Plan is non-religious and non-political in its orientation and accepts all children and communities into its child sponsorship program, regardless of their sex, race, political persuasion or religion. We are respectful of all cultural differences and do not promote any religious or political agenda in communities in which we work.

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