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What is Child Sponsorship?

A boy boy looking up at the sky full of hope

 

Be part of a child's world through child sponsorship

Child sponsorship is an empowering journey that helps children, families and communities living in poverty to rise above their circumstances and achieve their full potential!

How does child sponsorship work?

From just RM65 (Asian countries) or RM80 (Non-Asian countries) per month, you can give communities in need access to Clean Water & Sanitation, Health & Nutrition, Education, Livelihood and Child Protection. Your contributions are pooled together with other child sponsors’ and channelled towards holistic development in your sponsored child’s community.

Child sponsorship is also the start of an amazing journey! Your sponsored child is an ambassador of change, allowing you to personally connect with our work as you watch your child and his or her community break free from poverty. Best of all, every child sponsored means another four children benefit, too. Won’t you help transform a child’s world (or more) today?

SPONSOR A CHILD TODAY!

Wang Leehom and Khamphouva

Wang Leehom sees Khamphouva’s world

“Khamphouva, my friend, you hold your head high above the bleakness of your environment. You have a vision of a better future, and are determined to make it happen.”

These are the words of Wang Leehom, who visited his sponsored child Khamphouva in Laos in 2007. The boy had a hard life, but he lived it with dignity.

Khamphouva took Leehom around the forest, and showed him how to hunt and forage for bamboo shoots, crabs, frogs, crickets and scarabs to eat! The ‘meal’ had Leehom’s stomach in agony, but it gave him a deep appreciation for the life he took for granted. “I see him sitting across from me at every meal – and I wonder what Khamphouva is eating today.”

Through World Vision’s work in his community, Khamphouva has grown into a healthy young man with a bright future. Seven years after Leehom’s visit to Laos, Khamphouva even had the opportunity to fly to Taiwan to perform on stage with Leehom!

Photo credit: World Vision Taiwan

 

Explore a child's world

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

Let’s take a journey through Africa and Asia, and watch the stories unfold!
 

A young boy named Resheal smiles at the camera while working on his homework in his room.

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, an orphaned girl, smiles for the camera.

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, a young boy who enjoys taking care of chickens, poses for a photo with them.

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

Desktop and Mobile versions of My World Vision Account interface.
 

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.