Your sponsorship can help a girl receive an education, have access to clean water and healthcare and be protected from violence.
How does your child sponsorship work:
A girl who couldn’t afford to go to school graduated and went to university, because her sponsorship helped pay for her school fees. A boy who never thought he’d have a professional career grew up and became a teacher, because his sponsor believed in his potential. A girl achieved her dream of starting her own business, because her sponsor told her that girls are capable of anything.
That’s the power of your sponsorship. When you choose to sponsor a child with Plan International USA, you’re choosing to make a lifelong connection that will catalyze serious change. The tax-deductible contributions you make are pooled to support community-led, self-sustaining projects that address the urgent needs in your sponsored child’s community and country. So, not only can you develop a meaningful bond with a child in poverty who needs you, but you’ll also improve the lives of the support network around them.
You are moments away from changing lives:
My Name is Claudio
I am a boy from Ecuador, and I am 15 Years old.
Plan International has been working with children, their families and communities in Ecuador since 1963. In Ecuador there are high levels of violence and girls are vulnerable from an early age. In addition, girls are discriminated against and receive little respect or advice as they grow up. Opportunities to get good jobs are also scarce and there are high rates of teenage pregnancy, child marriage and children who are out-of-school. Our work focuses on increasing girls’ leadership to bring about positive changes in society. We also work with boys and men so they understand the importance of gender equality and become allies in working towards it. Over the next 5 years, Plan International Ecuador will impact the lives of 3.7 million people, almost 25% of the Ecuadorian population, of which 2 million will be girls and young women. Our priorities include: Providing children with a healthy and violence-free start in their lives; Supporting girls to lead positive change in society around violence and sexual health; Increasing the resilience of communities to climate change; Helping children and young people get an education, skills and good jobs.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family's water is piped into their dwelling.
How They CookThe family uses liquefied petroleum gas for cooking.
Type of HouseClaudio Fernando's family lives in a house made of cement blocks with a metal roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Claudio Fernando has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Ruben
I am a boy from Bolivia, and I am 11 Years old.
Plan International has been working in Bolivia for over 50 years to promote children’s rights and equality for girls. Our work focuses on supporting children and young people to live free from poverty, violence and injustice. To achieve that, we work with a number of different partners as well as children, young people and their communities. The rights of children and young people in Bolivia are central to all our work and we strive to be innovative and strengthen intercultural relations across the country. Our main priorities are: Early childhood development; Quality education; Increasing children’s leadership in society; Sexual and reproductive health rights; The prevention of all forms of violence; The development of knowledge and skills to obtain good jobs.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family's water is piped into their compound.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseRuben's family lives in a house made of stone with a turf roof and an earth floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Ruben has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Samuel
I am a boy from Colombia, and I am 9 Months old.
Plan International has worked in Colombia for almost 60 years to support the country’s most vulnerable children. We work towards positive social change and a future where children can grow up in fair, violence free communities where girls are equally valued. To do this, we work alongside children and their communities so they are active participants in creating solutions and developing their country.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family's main source of water is piped to their neighbour, up to 30 minutes away.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseSamuel David's family lives in a house made of cement blocks with a corrugated asbestos sheeting roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Samuel David has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Soundris
I am a boy from Indonesia, and I am 3 Years old.
Plan International has been operating in Indonesia since 1969. Our early work was based in Yogyakarta and we now work in South Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara and Java. Plan International Indonesia became Plan International Indonesia Foundation in 2017 to reach more children, especially girls, in Indonesia and create long-term change through partnerships and local fundraising. Our key areas of work include: Youth economic empowerment; Child and youth participation; Disaster risk management; Sexual and reproductive health; Early childhood care and development; Water, sanitation, and hygiene.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family's main source of water is a spring, up to 30 minutes away.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseSoundris's family lives in a house made of adobe with a metal roof and an earth floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Soundris has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
“Access to education is hard for girls in villages in Cameroon,” Fate says. “Parents decide to keep a girl child at home because there’s an idea that the female will get married, but the male child will carry the family’s legacy. I didn’t have to worry about this because of my sponsor.”
Fate’s sponsor was a woman from the U.S. who, according to Fate, treated her like she was her own child. With her sponsorship, Fate’s school fees, textbooks and uniforms were taken care of.
Fate most looked forward to when Plan’s volunteers would visit her school to deliver sponsorship letters and photos. She says those days were the most exciting times of her childhood.
“I kept all the letters,” she says. “Often I’d reread them. My sponsor showed me she cared for me even though we never met. I was the happiest child when I’d get letters.”
When you sponsor a girl like Fate, you form an incredible friendship
But that’s just the beginning. With Plan, you also have the unique opportunity to:
- Send her birthday gifts and cards.
- Give her special holiday presents called Little Treasures.
- Subscribe her to Plan's educational kids' magazine, Sunny Days.
- Visit her (when travel restrictions are lifted), with individual travel assistance from us.
Each gift offering is safely hand-delivered by us, and given to your child with personalized cards from you. It’s likely that the child you sponsor will have never seen anything like these gifts, and they’re available year-round to make the bond between you and your sponsored child even stronger.
How sponsorship changes lives: a global study
Back in 2006 we began to record the annual surveys conducted with all sponsored children, to find out exactly how sponsorship is making a difference in their lives — and the results are inspiring!
- Sponsored children who receive letters from their sponsors are healthier, happier and more confident.
- Girls are more empowered, and boys have reported higher levels of emotional wellbeing.
- Over 90% of the surveyed sponsored children attended school and had their birth registered. Birth registration gives children better access to education, health services and legal protection. It also helps protect girls from child marriage and trafficking.
This is the first study that comprehensively uses the complete dataset of 12 million sponsored child surveys for a full-scale, independent analysis of child sponsorship.
How sponsorship works
Meet a child
See children from around the world who are waiting for a sponsor like you. Learn about their culture, country and community.
Become a sponsor
You’ll receive information about your sponsored child’s health, family, home life and more. And your sponsored child will learn about you, too!
Form a life-long bond
Exchange letters with your sponsored child, create a relationship and show them that you’re here for them — no matter how far away you are. You can create a bond that lasts forever.
When you sponsor a child with Plan International USA, you have the opportunity to develop a life-long connection with a girl or boy who needs you, while helping to improve the support network surrounding them. Over 80 years of experience have taught us that helping families and communities become self-sufficient is the best way to secure children’s futures.
As a sponsor, you can support programs, innovation and infrastructure required to deliver our programs to girls and children worldwide, in areas such as protection, education, health, sanitation, disaster relief and economic empowerment. Community led, self-sustaining projects in your sponsored child’s community and country create sustainable change and address the root causes of poverty.