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 Tichaona
I am a 16 year old boy from Zimbabwe
Tichaona and family live in a community in the eastern region of Zimbabwe. Most people work as farmers. The erratic rainfall makes it difficult for the families to harvest enough crops to last the entire year. Food shortages are common. Safe water resources and waste disposal systems are needed. Schools are overcrowded and have shortages of textbooks, desks, and teaching supplies. There are few health centers available. They have insufficient supplies of medicines and medical equipment. People must travel long distances to reach a hospital for treatment of major illnesses. Despite their hard work, Tichaona and family are having a difficult time making ends meet.Sponsor This Child
Access To WaterThe family obtains water all year round from a borehole, collection takes up to 30 minutes.
How They CookThe family uses wood for cooking.
Type of HouseTichaona's family lives in a house made of brick with a corrugated asbestos sheeting roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Tichaona has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Kpaatey
I am a 14 year old boy from Ghana
Kpaatey and family live in the area of Eastern Ghana. Eastern-Ghana's rainfall is low and the grassy land has few trees. The family farms and everyone helps to harvest corn, yam, cassava and vegetables. Their home is a mud and stick hut. Few homes have electricity. Wood is used as fuel for cooking. The lack of clean water and poverty lead to poor health. One major health threat is guinea worm infestation. Health facilities are limited. Schools are overcrowded. There are shortages of books, materials and desks and chairs. 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 public stand pipe, up to 30 minutes away.
How They CookThe family uses charcoal for cooking.
Type of HouseKpaatey's family lives in a house made of cement blocks with a metal roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Kpaatey has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Khady
I am a 15 year old girl from Senegal
Khady and family live in a small, sparsely furnished house. Lack of water for drinking and poor sanitation make disease and ill-health common for most children and their families. Although the common diet of rice, fish and vegetables is nutritious, most people, especially the children, do not have enough to eat. Most of the family income is spent on food. Malaria and stomach ailments are common. Schools are overcrowded. Health centers need more equipment, medicines and supplies. 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 wood for cooking.
Type of HouseKhady's family lives in a house made of cement with a metal roof and a cement floor.
HealthAccording to the family, Khady has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.
My Name is Mohammedteha
I am a 15 year old boy from Ethiopia
Mohammedteha 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