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What is Child Sponsorship?

 

Child Sponsorship is an empowering journey.

Sponsoring a child is more than just an act of charity. It is an act that empowers! For children, families and communities living in poverty, child sponsorship replaces hopelessness with the courage to rise above their circumstances and live each day to the fullest.

For RM65 (Asian countries) or RM80 (Non-Asian countries) per month, you can transform communities by giving them access to the basics of life – Clean Water & Sanitation, Health & Nutrition, Education, Livelihood and Child Protection.

World Vision partners with communities to create real, lasting change. When you sponsor a child, your contributions are pooled together with other child sponsor contributions and channelled to holistic development in your child’s community, empowering children and families to be self-sustaining. Your sponsored child is an ambassador of change, allowing you to personally connect with our work as you watch him or her grow and thrive.

Through this approach, children and families can enjoy small blessings such as clean water, wholesome food and life-saving healthcare. Better still, you will see communities break free from the harsh realities of poverty!

In short, when you sponsor a child, you encourage him or her to face the future with boldness and hope. And best of all, every child sponsored means another four children will be able to do the same. Won’t you help children to be Courageous and Bold?

Change a child's life. Sponsor a child today!

Our Voice for Children

We are pleased to announce that MELODY’s Phoebe Yap will be our child sponsorship spokesperson in 2018! Besides hosting on radio, Phoebe has her own programme on Astro’s most popular Hokkien channel, Hua Hee Dai. She has also hosted various international shows, and is a 1Malaysia health ambassador.

In late November 2017, Phoebe visited our Area Development Programme in Matelile, Lesotho. There, she had the opportunity to learn more about our work and witness how it empowers children and communities to enjoy life in all its fullness.

We look forward to working with Phoebe in spreading the word about child sponsorship and how it helps children to Be Courageous. Be Bold.

 

Courage in Action

So what’s life like for the children, families and communities whose lives have been transformed through the support of child sponsors? And what does the future hold for them?

To answer these questions, let’s take a journey through Africa and Asia, and watch the stories unfold!
 

Resheal.

Chickens bring a family great joy

On any day, you can find sponsored child Resheal, 10, doing his homework in his room. But Resheal's mother Esnart remembers the dark days when that didn’t seem possible.

Esnart’s husband died in 1999, leaving her to care for her children and her mother. She remarried in 2003, a union that resulted in Resheal, but the marriage failed. In her darkest days, her older children often went hungry. She asked herself: “Why are my children going through this? What am I going to do?”

In 2004 Esnart received four chickens and a rooster. “My heart ignited with so much joy, I almost couldn’t believe,” says Esnart. After a year, she had 200 roosters, 124 chickens and eight baby chicks.

Esnart sold some chickens and invested in goats, turkeys, cattle, and seeds. A savings group helped her start a business selling fish. She also bought land in town and wants to build houses to rent.

Esnart is now a trainer of trainers in a community-based savings group supported by World Vision, passing on her skills to others.

 

Saloni

A dream come true for Saloni

Life gave sponsored child Saloni a rough start. Her father walked away before her birth. A few months after she was born, her mother took her own life, leaving Saloni and her brothers in the care of her Uncle Ninnva. Despite his efforts, Ninnva could not afford to provide for their education.

But six-year-old Saloni is a fighter. At the age of five she voluntarily went to an education centre and learned the English alphabet, numbers, stories and poems.

Saloni’s hopes of getting an education were realised thanks to World Vision’s Citizen Voice and Action (CVA) group in her community. Jeetendra, a World Vision volunteer, figured that 25% of seats are reserved for poor children in private schools under Indian law.

After months of tireless follow up and waiting, Saloni’s name appeared in the list of children enrolled in private schools. Saloni now studies in an English medium private school in Agra.

This is a dream come true for Saloni, who wants to be a police officer. “I watched a video about a police officer and ever since I wanted to become one”, she says.

 

Sothea

His village's protector

Sothea, 9, enjoys looking after his chickens, in spite of the smell of garbage and sewage near his house. “I help my grandparents clean the house, wash dishes and feed the chickens,” he says.

Sothea’s father left when he was small. His mother is a factory worker on the outskirts of the city, leaving him and his sister with his grandparents. When he walks to school, he passes by gamblers playing cards, and drug use is a big problem in his community. It is a risky environment for Sothea and children like him.

World Vision is working to ensure that children like Sothea stay safe. Sothea attends children’s club, where he can learn how to protect himself from abuse and unsafe environments. World Vision also trains caregivers and parents to raise children in a safe, loving environment.

With the knowledge he has gained, Sothea is confident about achieving his dream of being a police officer and keeping his community safe. In a card to his child sponsor, he drew a picture of his favourite thing: a police uniform. “I will protect children in my village,” he says happily.

 

These are just a few of the empowering stories taking place every day, all possible because there are people who care. Won’t you start this journey today?

Be a Child Sponsor

What you will receive on your sponsorship journey


 

Access to My World Vision

My World Vision is a personalised, password-protected online platform that lets you learn more about your sponsored child and their community, manage your sponsorships and personal details, plus more!

 


 

Welcome Pack

You will receive a welcome pack introducing you to your sponsored child, World Vision and the basics of child sponsorship (available if you prefer physical materials).

 


 

A Chance to Connect

You will be able to reach out to your sponsored child by sending letters and gifts, writing to them through the My World Vision portal, and even visiting them in person!

 


 

The Latest Updates

You can stay updated on your sponsored child and World Vision’s work through sponsor newsletters, annual child progress reports, annual reviews and emails.