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 Maynor
I am a 15 year old boy from Honduras
Maynor and family live in a community in the south of Honduras. Most men work as day laborers or farmers growing coffee, corn beans, and rice, or raising farm animals. Many women work at farming or have part-time jobs sewing, or selling bread, eggs or fruit. Most people travel by foot, horseback or bicycle. There are health facilities and schools. However, basic equipment and supplies are needed. The families are having difficulty making ends meet. Your help is greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family uses water piped into their compound all year round.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseMaynor's family lives in a house made of covered adobe with a shingle roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family Maynor has suffered from an acute respiratory tract infection, received treatment at the health centre and is fully recovered. Maynor was still able to attend school during this time.
My Name is Dany
I am a 16 year old boy from Ecuador
Dany and family live in a community in the north of Ecuador. Families work very hard to establish small businesses or find work. However, jobs are scarce and conditions are poor due to immense overcrowding. Few people have access to the city's clean water network. Children suffer from respiratory ailments due to a lack of proper ventilation in houses. Health centers lack proper medical equipment and sufficient medicines. Schools are in disrepair and overcrowded. Teachers are poorly trained and there are shortages of materials, textbooks and desks. The families are working hard to improve their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family uses water piped into their dwelling all year round.
How They CookThe family uses liquefied petroleum gas for cooking.
Type of HouseDany P.'s family lives in a house made of adobe with a cement roof and an earth floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Dany P. has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Miftay
I am a 16 year old boy from Ethiopia
Miftay and family live in a community in the southwest of Ethiopia. In each family, on average, there are seven to ten family members living under one roof. Most people depend on farming for income. Houses are round shaped huts made of wood, mud and straw. There is only one health center in the area. When people get sick many prefer to go to nearby traditional practitioners or use herbal medicines. Schools are poorly furnished, and classrooms are overcrowded. There are no preschool centers for children under age seven. Safe drinking water sources are limited. Many people drink water from polluted rivers and streams. Sickness from waterborne diseases is common. Sanitary waste facilities 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 spring, collection takes up to 30 minutes.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseMiftay's family lives in a house made of wood planks and shingles with a metal roof and an earth floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Miftay has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Kadiatou
I am a 16 year old girl from Mali
Kadiatou and family live in the area of Kita. Kita was founded in the 13th Century by a hunter Sema Toloma Camara. Kita is located south-west of Bamako, the capital of Mali. The people are farmers who mainly produce millet, maize, sorghum, groundnuts and cotton, which are their major cash crops. Most of the people in Kita live in rural areas with houses built with dried clay and thatched roofs. Electricity is a major concern to the people. Most of them still use kerosene lamps, battery torches and firewood to meet their energy needs. Most pre-school children between the ages of three and six do not have access to early childhood development centers due to lack of infrastructure and teaching materials. There are about 45 health centers and 42 maternity homes in the area. These facilities do not serve the people very well because their locations are distant from the villages. Most of the people fetch water from traditional wells and rivers that produce a number of waterborne diseases. The district of Kita became the third area in Mali to be associated with Plan International in 1994. Various programs have contributed to improving the living conditions of children and their families. Some of the developments are the construction and equipment of five maternity homes, four early childhood development centers, eight primary schools with an office for a head teacher, 12 school latrines, drilling of one wide diameter well and four boreholes equipped with hand pumps.Sponsor This Child