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Children need loving caregivers, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation, education, opportunity and safety. ChildFund works to help communities fill those gaps for children, and your monthly contributions make that work possible. When we combine your donations with support from other sponsors of children in the same community, all the children there benefit, because their whole environment is being transformed.

We hear again and again from currently sponsored children and alumni how the knowledge that someone far away believed in them helped them persevere and go further than they’d hoped. “I have a beautiful relationship with my sponsor,” says Raquel, 19, in Bolivia. “I know she thinks about me all the time.” Sponsors have the ability to visit their child so they may see firsthand the incredible difference sponsorship makes. Sponsoring a child means have a relationship with that child, but it also means being a part of something bigger.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR ME

“Until you go and see what their life is like, it’s hard to wrap your head around what your sponsorship means. These are real people with real lives, not numbers coming out of your bank account.” Chris, from Kentucky, sponsors Henry in Uganda and visited him last year.

“It was very emotional for me to meet the person who actually contributed to my future by sponsoring my education…I couldn't help my tears when I gave my dear Debbie a hug and had the opportunity to thank her for all of her support.” Momodou, from The Gambia, visited his former sponsor in Boston, Massachussetts.

“It has enabled me to learn about other cultures, to impact lives in those cultures and to develop friendships with children and their families. I have benefited from the experience as much as my sponsored children.” Marion, from Pennsylvania, has sponsored three children since the 1980s.

“Today, I know that the support I received — school material, financial help and medication — was of great importance in my life…The affection of the sponsors, shown by way of the letters or visits, spreads joy without end, making us feel special. This is very important.” Thiago, from Fortaleza, Brazil, is a ChildFund alumni who is now a 3rd year medical student at university.

 

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Sponsorship

Sponsorship creates a lasting change for the child -- and sponsor. Watch ChildFund sponsorship advocate Jeremy Willet meet his sponsored child, Alice, for the first time in Kenya.

 

So, Why Sponsor a Child

  • Many friendships start through the exchange of letters, both with children and their caregivers, who often lend a hand if a sponsored child is too young to write. Through the mail and email, you'll gain knowledge of another culture through the eyes of a child. Sponsoring a child means joining that child on a journey toward becoming the person he or she can be, providing inspiration along the way. Becoming a part of that journey will inspire you too.
  • There are many reasons to sponsor a child today – the most basic is that many children will miss out on crucial opportunities to break free from generational poverty and lead fulfilling lives without sponsors’ support. To give a child a brighter future, consider child sponsorship for about a $1 a day.
  • Your support can change the world, one child at a time, by providing hope and the chance for that child to thrive. Make a tangible difference and sponsor a child today.
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How Sponsorship Works:

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Children worldwide, across all ages, religions and cultures, suffer violence, exploitation and abuse every day. Those in the world’s poorest communities are especially vulnerable — and, because of their poverty, less resilient. Often children in violent or abusive environments are unable to exercise their other important rights — to food, shelter, adequate health services, education — which further impairs their development and perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

Our efforts in child protection are focused around the distinct needs of each age group. We aim to raise awareness of violence against children and empower children and families to break free of the vicious cycle of violence that affects millions.

Many people in developing nations do not have access to a well-balanced, nutritious diet with the nutrients they need to develop properly, contributing to a cycle of poverty and economic stagnation. Malnourished children do not perform well in school, which limits their career opportunities. Malnourished adults cannot work as much as healthy adults, so they don’t contribute as much to the local economy and can’t provide the best care for their families. Malnourished mothers are more likely to have underweight children, who in turn are more vulnerable to malnutrition and resulting disease.

ChildFund works in some of the poorest countries in the world to combat malnutrition through long-term, sustainable solutions. We reach out to families and communities that need it most, often giving them the tools and training necessary to produce healthy food themselves. In addition, we work to educate mothers, fathers and other caregivers about proper nutrition for children and the importance of a well-balanced diet.

Many of the poorest children around the world live great distances from the nearest medical center. Even if they are fortunate enough to live near a hospital, many such facilities are understaffed and ill-equipped to handle the volume of patients.

Access to health care makes children and adults less vulnerable to illness and, thus, able to go to school and work. We work to train community health workers, birth attendants and outreach workers in basic health care, and they in turn share their knowledge throughout their communities, empowering families to fight illness before it’s too late and connecting them to the formal health system when they really need it.

Did you know that more people have a mobile phone than access to a toilet? Children and their families who don't have access to safe, clean and private toilets — an estimated 2.5 billion people — are more susceptible to diseases, and children under age 5 have much higher mortality rates. In many areas, contaminated water is a major source of diseases such as cholera.

ChildFund works in some of the world's poorest countries to provide sanitary bathroom facilities for communities in need. We have helped construct new water systems, install or repair dilapidated bathrooms to give schoolchildren access to clean restrooms, and educate families on important sanitation and hygiene topics.

ChildFund’s early childhood development efforts are based on the idea that children have the best chance of having a better life than their parents’ when two things are true: In their first five years, all their basic development needs are met for care, nutrition, health care, stimulation and safety; and when their parents have the primary role in ensuring all those pieces are in place.

To help parents support their children’s cognitive, communicative, motor skill and social development, trained community volunteers perform monthly visits where they “play” with children ages 0 to 3, giving them challenges from ChildFund’s innovative child development scale and carefully tracking their progress. We also support Early Childhood Development centers that provide environments specifically designed to stimulate children’s development.

 
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