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.
You can make a difference. Sponsor a child.
My Name is Vidal-ovidio
I am a 16 year old boy from Bolivia
Vidal-ovidio and family live in a rural community. Life is hard for this family on the wind-swept plains of the Bolivian highlands. There is no electricity in the small mud brick home with dirt floors and few furnishings. Most of their small monthly income is spent on food. Farming is difficult here and most plots of land are small. The family is filled with love as they struggle to make a living from this harsh land. They are working hard to improve their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family's water is piped into their compound.
How They CookThe family uses animal dung as fuel for cooking.
Type of HouseVidal-ovidio's family lives in a house made of adobe with a metal roof and an earth floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Vidal-ovidio has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Judite
I am a 16 year old girl from Mozambique
Judite and family live in a rural coastal community in the southern region of Mozambique. The majority of the population works in subsistence farming to earn income. The quality of education is poor--more qualified teachers are needed. Desks, chairs, books and learning materials are scarce. Secondary schools are located faraway leaving children to walk long distances to reach them. Health facilities lack proper equipment, supplies and adequately trained medical staff. Due to the lack of safe drinking water and sanitary waste facilities there are high incidents of waterborne diseases, especially in young children. Electricity is limited to a few families. The families are working hard to improve their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family's main source of water is a well, up to 5 minutes away.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseJudite's family lives in a house made of cane with a thatched roof and an earth floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Judite has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Mohamed
I am a 15 year old boy from Sudan
Mohamed and family live in a community located in the eastern region of Sudan. Houses lack bathrooms or running water. People cook on charcoal and wood stoves. Most of their income is spent on household needs and food. Fresh meat, fruit, milk and vegetables are too expensive to eat except on special occasions. Schools are in disrepair and classrooms are overcrowded. School supplies, teaching materials and textbooks are in short supply. Health centers lack supplies and equipment to provide sufficient care to patients. For emergencies, people must travel long distances to reach a hospital. Although the family works hard, it is difficult to make ends meet. Your help is greatly appreciated.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family's main source of water is a public stand pipe, up to 30 minutes away.
How They CookThe family uses natural gas for cooking.
Type of HouseMohamed's family lives in a house made of covered adobe with a thatched roof and an earth floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Mohamed has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Nagnagale
I am a 16 year old girl from Mali
Nagnagale and family live in the area of Kangaba. Kangaba is an ancient city in Mali. The average size of a household is 6.9 persons. The main activities are agriculture, trade, fishing, livestock breeding and traditional gold mining. There are many primary schools in the area because these are set up by the community members themselves, however, buildings are not well adapted and teachers not well skilled. There are some community health centers to provide primary health care to the population. However, due to the acute level of poverty of households, populations tend to call upon traditional healers before seeking modern health care. Child labor in artisanal gold mining sites, early marriage of girls, persistence of the practice of FGC continue making children and particularly girls more vulnerable physically and psychologically or make them turn down from school. Plan has been working in Kangaba since 1982 and has made significant steps towards improving upon the wellbeing of children and their families. Early childhood development centers have been created and equipped with educational materials. Thanks to information and education sessions carried out on the consequences of the FGC and the importance to respect the child rights, a local agreement to abandon this harmful practice was signed in one village. Birth attendants and vaccinators have received adequate training and are now skilled to perform in the health centers.Sponsor This Child