What makes an effective child sponsorship program?
At Plan International USA, we offer a smart and tested way to form inspiring connections with amazing children, while empowering communities all around the world.
We focus less on feeding, clothing, and sheltering communities, and more on equipping them with the tools to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves by allocating funds to where they are needed most. This approach maximizes impact while allowing our sponsors to develop meaningful connections with brave, determined children.
Through this unique partnership, both sponsors and sponsored children are continually inspired and reaffirmed in their commitment to making the world a better place.
My Name is Esubalew
I am a 15 year old boy from Ethiopia
Esubalew and family live in a community in central Ethiopia. Many people are very poor and earn income from subsistence businesses or low paying jobs like daily wage laborers. Generally, the area is considered a slum with no sewage or garbage disposal and little access to effective health care. Schools are often split into multiple shifts so that most children are able to attend. Food supplies are hardly substantial and most families live in rented shacks which are often unsanitary and poorly ventilated. Children need many of the basics, like vaccinations and clean water. The families are eager to improve their situation. Your help would be greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family uses water piped into their dwelling all year round.
How They CookThe family uses electricity for cooking.
Type of HouseEsubalew's family lives in a house made of bamboo and mud with a corrugated asbestos sheeting roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Esubalew has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Ida
I am a 14 year old girl from Benin
Ida and family live in the area of Couffo, Benin. Couffo is located southwest of the Republic of Benin and covers 2404 square kilometers. It is composed of six districts, 367 villages, 524,586 inhabitants among which 53% are women. The climate is marked by two rainy and two dry seasons. Plan has been working in the area of Couffo since 1995. In collaboration with the community members and local government officials, Plan has made quite a number of achievements in the areas of education, health, water, child protection and income generation to address the issues affecting children in the area. There are 2 ethnic groups where Ida lives: Adj and Fon. The economic activities of the majority of people are agriculture, and fishing (73.0%). To promote household’s income security, Plan supports the setting up of saving and loan groups in 260 villages benefiting women. Plan supported the training of over 900 teachers, 14 academic representatives on alternative methods of punishment. Early childhood centers have been created to help children aged 2 – 6 to be better prepared for school life. The construction, rehabilitation and equipment of several hundreds of water infrastructures in the area have enabled over 300,000 people to have access to potable water. Plan will continue to work on malnutrition problems, primary education, child rights and develop communication skills of children through capacity building programs.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family obtains water all year round from a well, collection takes up to 30 minutes.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseIda's family lives in a house made of adobe with a metal roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Ida has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Adjo
I am a 16 year old girl from Togo
Adjo and family live in a rural community. Most people living here work as farmers. Houses are made of mud bricks and straw, and usually consist of one or two rooms. There are very few schools available. Those that do exist need repairs. Many families are unable to afford school fees and other school related expenses such as supplies and uniforms. Potable water, sanitary waste disposal facilities and health centers are needed. The families are working hard to improve their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family obtains water all year round from a borehole, up to 30 minutes away.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseAdjo's family lives in a house made of adobe with a metal roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Adjo has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Ligia
I am a 16 year old girl from Honduras
Ligia and family live in a community in the south of Honduras. Men work as day laborers or farmers growing corn and beans or raising farm animals. Women also work at farming or have part-time jobs sewing or selling dairy products. Most of the population has access to running water systems, but some people get water from unprotected sources such as rivers and streams. The families are working hard to improve their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child