Child Sponsorship: what’s it all about?

Give a child a better future by helping to meet community needs with long-term solutions

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Child Sponsorship: what's it all about?

Give a child a better future by helping to meet community needs with long-term solutions

Sponsor a child

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My World Vision is your online account that’s set up just for you. It’s an easy-to-use space that gives you the opportunity to see photos and videos of your sponsored child and their community, from any digital device. You can also send an eLetter to your sponsored child, update your personal details and access your annual tax statement at the end of the financial year.

We’ll still send you updates if you decide not to use My World Vision. But we’d highly recommend it – as it’s very convenient and can help you get the most out of your sponsorship.

Log in or register for your My World Vision account. It only takes a few minutes.
Child sponsorship takes a long-term and holistic approach, and helps lift entire communities out of poverty by addressing multiple needs. When you sponsor a child for $48 per month, your contributions and those of other child sponsors and donors and grant funds are often combined to support projects and activities that can transform the world where your sponsored child lives.

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When you sponsor a child, you’re supporting work that builds a better future for the entire community. That’s because over 60 years of experience has taught us that the best way to change a child’s life is to transform the world in which they live – their family, their community and the local area.

When a community is stable and productive its members can provide for children’s long-term wellbeing; the most effective way to improve children’s wellbeing is to strengthen their community.

The wellbeing of a child is dependent on their families and community and in order to thrive, children need to grow up in an environment that provides the essentials for today together with hope and opportunity for the future.


Ideally, World Vision Child Sponsorship is a long-term commitment for the duration of work in a particular community, which typically lasts for 10-15 years.

But the length of child sponsorship can be different for each sponsor. Some sponsors join us at the beginning of our work in their sponsored child’s community and others join us towards the end.

Sponsorship can end for a number of reasons. These include:

• our work in a community is completed and it’s self-sustaining;
• your sponsored child finishes school or begins to earn an income; and
• your sponsored child’s family moves away from the community where World Vision is working.

In many cases, children remain sponsored until they reach adulthood, can support themselves or marry.

Whatever the reason, we’ll notify you when your sponsorship comes to an end. At that time, we’ll help you consider your options for ongoing support, including sponsoring another child if you wish.


When a sponsorship program ends, it’s an exciting time because the community has reached a point where its members can continue the development work we began together on their own. In most cases, committees made up of local people are set up to monitor progress and oversee ongoing development work.

In the final years of working with your sponsored child’s community, we help to prepare and equip them to continue with their own development activities into the future, without World Vision’s assistance.

By the time we’re ready to leave your sponsored child’s area, our aim is that all the children and families who live there are healthier; better able to meet their own needs and ready to continue the process of change that you’ve helped to start.

The ultimate goal of child sponsorship is self-sufficiency. When this has been achieved, World Vision moves on to help another community in need.

Through our sponsorship programs, children and adults gain knowledge and skills which stay with them long after World Vision has gone, and for generations to come.


While we’re motivated by our Christian values and faith, at World Vision we recognise that many people in the world do not share our beliefs. It’s not our goal to convert anyone through our work, and we never seek to do so.

Our Christian faith is the foundation for all we do and we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We’re committed to the poor because we’re Christian. We seek to express our Christian beliefs in an inclusive and non-judgmental manner and we’re committed to working with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation.

The primary focus of our work is addressing the immediate and long-term development needs of communities, particularly the most vulnerable. We respond to these needs regardless of the religion or beliefs of a community or of individual community members.

As we do work in partnership with communities, depending on specific circumstances we may partner with local faith-based groups and encourage their participation in the development process.

Read more about World Vision's Christian identity.

Child sponsorship is a very special journey that develops over time. That’s why we encourage you to view sponsorship as a long-term partnership. Sponsors tell us how much they enjoy watching their sponsored child grow up, as their support makes a real difference from year to year.

But we understand that your circumstances may change, and that’s why you can cancel your sponsorship at any time, for any reason. If that happens, we’ll continue to care for the child you’ve sponsored through our work in the community and may give them the opportunity of connecting with a new sponsor.

If you don’t wish to cancel your sponsorship, but would like to adjust your donations, we have flexible options to help you continue your support in a way that suits you.

You may also like to consider sharing the cost of child sponsorship with others. Some sponsors team up with a friend, family member, or a group of people. It's also possible to transfer your existing child sponsorship to someone else if you'd like.

Simply get in touch with us on 13 32 40 if you’d like to discuss your options or cancel your sponsorship.


You and your sponsored child

Supporters often tell us that the best part of sponsoring children is seeing the real difference they are making in a child's life. And the best place to see this change unfold is My World Vision – your personal window into your sponsored child’s world.

Writing to your sponsored child is also a great way to learn more about them and the difference you are helping to make in their community.

Most sponsored children love to receive letters and cards from their sponsors. It can be a great source of encouragement for them to know that someone far away cares about them and their future.

There are three ways to correspond and build a connection with your sponsored child:

1. Send a greeting card or letter supplied by World Vision. To make it easy to keep in touch, several times a year you’ll be given the opportunity to send them a card or letter – including at Christmas and for their birthday.

2. Send an eLetter to your sponsored child via the My World Vision website. It’s a quick and easy way to write to your sponsored child. Your eLetter will be sent to the World Vision office in your sponsored child’s country. It will be printed, translated and passed on to your sponsored child. You’ll receive your response via regular print post.

3. Write a letter or card and post it to your sponsored child. Many sponsors send a letter, card or postcard directly to their sponsored child's country. You can do this any time. Information and guidelines on writing to your sponsored child can be viewed here.


It can be a wonderful experience sharing letters with your sponsored child. What you write is up to you, but we do ask that you follow our guidelines.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

• Ask about your sponsored child’s family and talk about your own family.
• Talk about real things in your life such as work, sports, the weather and the seasons.
• Describe your neighbourhood and what you see when you look out the window or walk down the street.
• Your garden or Australian plants may be of interest to your sponsored child, as they often live in rural areas.
• If you have children, you might like to involve them in writing the letter or include their drawings.
• Tell your sponsored child that you are thinking of them. It’s encouraging for children to know that their sponsor cares about them.

Being a sponsor doesn’t mean you have to write. That’s entirely up to you. For many people, just knowing they’re making a difference is enough.


We don’t encourage connecting with your sponsored child through social media.

We want you to communicate and connect with your sponsored child, however, doing so through social networking sites such as Facebook can pose a number of problems:

  1. It may pose a risk to the child’s safety.
  2. It can put you and your sponsored child in a difficult position—people may pressure your sponsored child to ask for gifts, money, or other favours.
  3. Others might access your sponsored child’s account, which would put your correspondence and personal details out of our control.
  4. Even with good intentions, language and cultural differences can (and have) led to inappropriate communication.

If you are contacted through a social media site, please do not respond. Call us on 13 32 40 and we can follow up with the sponsored child and community, educating them of the risks involved in communicating this way and why we use channels such as letters and e-letters.

We understand that you may want to send your sponsored child something special. However, we ask you not to send parcels or large gifts because it can have negative effects:

• World Vision’s office in your sponsored child’s country can’t pay the customs or delivery costs
• Gifts can cause tension amongst family and community members
• No matter how well meant, the gift may be inappropriate, culturally or otherwise
• The item could easily be stolen in the mail

For more information about the kinds of small, paper-based gifts that you’re welcome to send to your sponsored child, see our Send a gift policy.


While we understand some sponsors would love to give more, we ask that you don’t send money directly to your sponsored child because it can have negative effects:

• Sending money to an individual child and/or their family doesn’t contribute to the long-term development goals of the sponsorship program.
• Our field offices are not equipped to handle funds sent to them directly from sponsors.
• As with gifts, sending money may cause tension amongst family and community members.
• In some countries it’s against the law to receive and send foreign currency.

By sponsoring a child, you're already doing the best thing for a community.

Instead, you might consider sending your child a letter or eLetter to let them know you care. Or, for more information about the kinds of small, paper-based gifts that you’re welcome to send to your sponsored child, see our Send a gift policy.


Yes. Many sponsors add visiting their sponsored child to their overseas trip plans and find it’s an exciting and life-changing experience!

World Vision is committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of children, families and communities with whom we work. So there are some important details you’ll need to be aware of before planning your visit and booking your travel dates:

• Please call us on 13 32 40 or email us at least three months before your intended departure date so we can arrange for the visit with the World Vision office in your sponsored child’s country.
• You’ll need to complete a police check and sign a field trip agreement before your visit can be confirmed.

Nothing equals seeing firsthand the difference you’re making in your sponsored child’s life through visiting their community.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to visiting your sponsored child to help you with your planning.

Many sponsors love the idea of spending time with their sponsored child. But unfortunately, World Vision doesn’t facilitate bringing sponsored children to Australia for visits.

Our focus is on helping the community your sponsored child is a part of. As such, our priorities are dependent on keeping that community together and strengthening it.

But you can still share your life with your sponsored child in other meaningful ways – through letters, cards and photos. That’s part of the joy of child sponsorship.

Or you might like take up the exciting opportunity to visit your sponsored child. Many sponsors have described their visit as an experience they’ll never forget!


No, World Vision does not organise adoptions, and sponsored children are not available for adoption through other parties either.

We believe your help to improve the wellbeing of children in their own communities has deeper value than removing them from those communities altogether.

If your sponsored child leaves the community, we’ll notify you as soon as possible.

Sponsored children and their families can decide to move out of the sponsorship area for a range of different reasons that can benefit the child, such as to reunite with family members, or pursue work and other opportunities. Generally, families make this decision with a great deal of care and consideration.

If your sponsored child moves, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options, including the opportunity to sponsor another child and continue the good work your sponsorship has already done.


How does Child Sponsorship work?

When you sponsor a child, you can help to change their world. World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Program helps children living in disadvantaged regions to escape poverty.

Experience has taught us that the best way to change a child’s life is to transform the world in which they live – their family, their community and the local area.

As a child sponsor, you partner with us as we work with local families, community groups and governments in breaking the cycle of poverty and creating long-term change. Using your donations, we identify the causes of the child’s poverty and vulnerability, and create development projects designed to address them.

Our goal is that all children in the community will benefit from our work, which can include improved healthcare, education, water, sanitation and food. There are so many wonderful stories of sponsored children who’ve grown up healthy and happy – thanks to generous people like you.

Depending on child and community needs, sponsorship projects may focus on:


Clean water and sanitation

Access to clean water, toilets and hygiene education give your sponsored child better health and more time and energy to learn.

Health and nutrition

Quality local health services and health and nutrition education for families give your sponsored child the chance to grow up strong and protected from preventable illness.

Food and agriculture

Skills for families to grow more crops and better protect the environment give your sponsored child the food they need to lead a healthy, active life.

Education and child rights

Quality education and protecting child rights give your sponsored child knowledge and skills and the freedom to have a brighter future.

Income generation

By supporting communities and families to improve their incomes you can help your sponsored child reach their full potential as they gain access to life's essentials.

At the start

  • You’ll receive a welcome pack with your sponsored child’s details, photo and information about their community.
  • We’ll call you to answer any questions you may have.
  • Your sponsored child will send you a letter (within 12 weeks). We’ll give you tips and hints for writing back.
  • You’ll get access to My World Vision online - see photos and videos from your sponsored child and their community, send an e-letter, easily update your personal details and view tax statements.

During your sponsorship

  • You’ll see video and photo updates about your sponsored child.
  • Look forward to a response from your sponsored child when you send a letter.
  • We’ll send you community updates so you can see the progress you’re supporting.
  • Consider visiting your sponsored child – it’s a life-changing experience!
  • You’ll be kept in the loop with emails about child sponsorship and other World Vision news.

At special times of the year

  • On special occasions, including birthdays and Christmas, we’ll make it easy for you to send a card. (Sponsored children love to hear from their sponsors!)
  • Your sponsored child will send you a message at Christmas.
  • You’ll receive annual progress reports about your sponsored child’s health and education, and community achievements you’ve supported.
  • And we’ll send you an annual tax statement in July detailing your donations in the past financial year.

Every community is different – what you receive and its timing may vary depending on your sponsored child’s unique context. If you write to your sponsored child, we recommend you allow at least three months between letters for delivery and response.

You can choose from a range of flexible payment options. Many sponsors choose automatic credit card or bank account deductions, since they’re easy and reliable options. But you can pay by cheque or money order if you’d prefer.

You can also decide if you’d like to contribute monthly, quarterly, or annually – whatever works best for you.

Our work is made possible by the support of generous Australians.

We work hard to make sure all resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible to bring maximum impact to children in need.

In fact, 81.4 percent of every dollar donated goes to field programs and advocacy work.

We take financial accountability very seriously. Our financial statements are externally audited (in the same way and to the same standards which apply to Australian companies) and our annual reports are prepared to internationally acknowledged standards of transparency for not-for-profits.

For detailed information, you can read where the funds go or check out our annual reports.

 

Your sponsorship payments may be tax deductible, depending on your personal tax position.

As a sponsor, you’ll receive an annual tax statement detailing all your donations in the past financial year. To save costs we don’t issue receipts for individual payments unless requested.

As a sponsor, you’ll also have access to a My World Vision online account, which allows you to quickly and easily access your tax statements and update your personal details.

The selection of children for sponsorship is a respectful process that happens in partnership with their community.

We work with community representatives to identify the local areas where the needs are greatest and the community then chooses children from those areas for sponsorship. Sponsored children are chosen from the most vulnerable families and being sponsored often gives them increased visibility and importance in the community.

Participation in all World Vision programs is voluntary, and sponsored children and their families choose to be a part of the program. We always respect the rights of families to make decisions about this.

Your sponsored child, along with other children in their community, benefits from the changes made possible by your donations. 

Your sponsored child and their family are part of a World Vision program that takes place in a defined area – usually home to around 20,000 people or more. We call this an Area Development Program (ADP).

To start an ADP, first an area is identified where children and families are suffering because of poverty. We work with community representatives to identify local areas that have the greatest need.

Afterwards, the decision to commence a sponsorship program is made with the community. An assessment is carried out by local World Vision staff alongside community representatives, local authorities and other non-government organisations in the area.

Before we commence a sponsorship program, the following things must be in place:
• community understanding and commitment to the program; and
• a basic level of security and stability in the community, access to remote parts of the community and basic communications so that we can regularly visit and monitor children’s wellbeing.

We work with the local people to help them develop and carry out projects to improve children’s wellbeing in the long term. That’s where your support as a child sponsor can make such a difference – supporting projects and activities that can transform the world where your sponsored child lives.

Yes. When you sponsor a child, you become a special part of their life journey – World Vision assigns only one sponsor per sponsored child.

Should your sponsorship end for any reason then your sponsored child may be given the opportunity to connect with a new sponsor.


World Vision works in some of the poorest countries in the world where the need for help is greatest.

World Vision Australia is part of the World Vision International Partnership that works in four regions: Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Partnership operates in more than 90 countries and, as a whole, is one of the world’s largest non-governmental, humanitarian and development agencies. You can read more about the Partnership’s work in our Annual Report.

Here’s some information about World Vision's work and history.

Your support of this work can help change lives. Children in many countries are waiting for a sponsor now – find a child to sponsor here.

Or you can call us on 13 32 40 if you’d like to discuss your options for child sponsorship.

World Vision Australia also works in partnership with Indigenous communities in Australia, through supporting early childhood development, youth leadership and governance programs.


When you sponsor a child, you can help to change their world. World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Program helps children living in disadvantaged regions to escape poverty.

Experience has taught us that the best way to change a child’s life is to transform the world in which they live – their family, their community and the local area.

As a child sponsor, you partner with us as we work with local families, community groups and governments in breaking the cycle of poverty and creating long-term change. Using your donations, we identify the causes of the child’s poverty and vulnerability, and create development projects designed to address them.

Our goal is that all children in the community will benefit from our work, which can include improved healthcare, education, water, sanitation and food. There are so many wonderful stories of sponsored children who’ve grown up healthy and happy – thanks to generous people like you.

Depending on child and community needs, sponsorship projects may focus on:


Clean water and sanitation

Access to clean water, toilets and hygiene education give your sponsored child better health and more time and energy to learn.

Health and nutrition

Quality local health services and health and nutrition education for families give your sponsored child the chance to grow up strong and protected from preventable illness.

Food and agriculture

Skills for families to grow more crops and better protect the environment give your sponsored child the food they need to lead a healthy, active life.

Education and child rights

Quality education and protecting child rights give your sponsored child knowledge and skills and the freedom to have a brighter future.

Income generation

By supporting communities and families to improve their incomes you can help your sponsored child reach their full potential as they gain access to life's essentials.

At the start

  • You’ll receive a welcome pack with your sponsored child’s details, photo and information about their community.
  • We’ll call you to answer any questions you may have.
  • Your sponsored child will send you a letter (within 12 weeks). We’ll give you tips and hints for writing back.
  • You’ll get access to My World Vision online - see photos and videos from your sponsored child and their community, send an e-letter, easily update your personal details and view tax statements.

During your sponsorship

  • You’ll see video and photo updates about your sponsored child.
  • Look forward to a response from your sponsored child when you send a letter.
  • We’ll send you community updates so you can see the progress you’re supporting.
  • Consider visiting your sponsored child – it’s a life-changing experience!
  • You’ll be kept in the loop with emails about child sponsorship and other World Vision news.

At special times of the year

  • On special occasions, including birthdays and Christmas, we’ll make it easy for you to send a card. (Sponsored children love to hear from their sponsors!)
  • Your sponsored child will send you a message at Christmas.
  • You’ll receive annual progress reports about your sponsored child’s health and education, and community achievements you’ve supported.
  • And we’ll send you an annual tax statement in July detailing your donations in the past financial year.

Every community is different – what you receive and its timing may vary depending on your sponsored child’s unique context. If you write to your sponsored child, we recommend you allow at least three months between letters for delivery and response.

You can choose from a range of flexible payment options. Many sponsors choose automatic credit card or bank account deductions, since they’re easy and reliable options. But you can pay by cheque or money order if you’d prefer.

You can also decide if you’d like to contribute monthly, quarterly, or annually – whatever works best for you.

Our work is made possible by the support of generous Australians.

We work hard to make sure all resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible to bring maximum impact to children in need.

In fact, 81.4 percent of every dollar donated goes to field programs and advocacy work.

We take financial accountability very seriously. Our financial statements are externally audited (in the same way and to the same standards which apply to Australian companies) and our annual reports are prepared to internationally acknowledged standards of transparency for not-for-profits.

For detailed information, you can read where the funds go or check out our annual reports.

 

Your sponsorship payments may be tax deductible, depending on your personal tax position.

As a sponsor, you’ll receive an annual tax statement detailing all your donations in the past financial year. To save costs we don’t issue receipts for individual payments unless requested.

As a sponsor, you’ll also have access to a My World Vision online account, which allows you to quickly and easily access your tax statements and update your personal details.

The selection of children for sponsorship is a respectful process that happens in partnership with their community.

We work with community representatives to identify the local areas where the needs are greatest and the community then chooses children from those areas for sponsorship. Sponsored children are chosen from the most vulnerable families and being sponsored often gives them increased visibility and importance in the community.

Participation in all World Vision programs is voluntary, and sponsored children and their families choose to be a part of the program. We always respect the rights of families to make decisions about this.

Your sponsored child, along with other children in their community, benefits from the changes made possible by your donations. 

Your sponsored child and their family are part of a World Vision program that takes place in a defined area – usually home to around 20,000 people or more. We call this an Area Development Program (ADP).

To start an ADP, first an area is identified where children and families are suffering because of poverty. We work with community representatives to identify local areas that have the greatest need.

Afterwards, the decision to commence a sponsorship program is made with the community. An assessment is carried out by local World Vision staff alongside community representatives, local authorities and other non-government organisations in the area.

Before we commence a sponsorship program, the following things must be in place:
• community understanding and commitment to the program; and
• a basic level of security and stability in the community, access to remote parts of the community and basic communications so that we can regularly visit and monitor children’s wellbeing.

We work with the local people to help them develop and carry out projects to improve children’s wellbeing in the long term. That’s where your support as a child sponsor can make such a difference – supporting projects and activities that can transform the world where your sponsored child lives.

Yes. When you sponsor a child, you become a special part of their life journey – World Vision assigns only one sponsor per sponsored child.

Should your sponsorship end for any reason then your sponsored child may be given the opportunity to connect with a new sponsor.


World Vision works in some of the poorest countries in the world where the need for help is greatest.

World Vision Australia is part of the World Vision International Partnership that works in four regions: Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The Partnership operates in more than 90 countries and, as a whole, is one of the world’s largest non-governmental, humanitarian and development agencies. You can read more about the Partnership’s work in our Annual Report.

Here’s some information about World Vision's work and history.

Your support of this work can help change lives. Children in many countries are waiting for a sponsor now – find a child to sponsor here.

Or you can call us on 13 32 40 if you’d like to discuss your options for child sponsorship.

World Vision Australia also works in partnership with Indigenous communities in Australia, through supporting early childhood development, youth leadership and governance programs.


Supporters often tell us that the best part of sponsoring children is seeing the real difference they are making in a child's life. And the best place to see this change unfold is My World Vision – your personal window into your sponsored child’s world.

Writing to your sponsored child is also a great way to learn more about them and the difference you are helping to make in their community.

Most sponsored children love to receive letters and cards from their sponsors. It can be a great source of encouragement for them to know that someone far away cares about them and their future.

There are three ways to correspond and build a connection with your sponsored child:

1. Send a greeting card or letter supplied by World Vision. To make it easy to keep in touch, several times a year you’ll be given the opportunity to send them a card or letter – including at Christmas and for their birthday.

2. Send an eLetter to your sponsored child via the My World Vision website. It’s a quick and easy way to write to your sponsored child. Your eLetter will be sent to the World Vision office in your sponsored child’s country. It will be printed, translated and passed on to your sponsored child. You’ll receive your response via regular print post.

3. Write a letter or card and post it to your sponsored child. Many sponsors send a letter, card or postcard directly to their sponsored child's country. You can do this any time. Information and guidelines on writing to your sponsored child can be viewed here.


It can be a wonderful experience sharing letters with your sponsored child. What you write is up to you, but we do ask that you follow our guidelines.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

• Ask about your sponsored child’s family and talk about your own family.
• Talk about real things in your life such as work, sports, the weather and the seasons.
• Describe your neighbourhood and what you see when you look out the window or walk down the street.
• Your garden or Australian plants may be of interest to your sponsored child, as they often live in rural areas.
• If you have children, you might like to involve them in writing the letter or include their drawings.
• Tell your sponsored child that you are thinking of them. It’s encouraging for children to know that their sponsor cares about them.

Being a sponsor doesn’t mean you have to write. That’s entirely up to you. For many people, just knowing they’re making a difference is enough.


We don’t encourage connecting with your sponsored child through social media.

We want you to communicate and connect with your sponsored child, however, doing so through social networking sites such as Facebook can pose a number of problems:

  1. It may pose a risk to the child’s safety.
  2. It can put you and your sponsored child in a difficult position—people may pressure your sponsored child to ask for gifts, money, or other favours.
  3. Others might access your sponsored child’s account, which would put your correspondence and personal details out of our control.
  4. Even with good intentions, language and cultural differences can (and have) led to inappropriate communication.

If you are contacted through a social media site, please do not respond. Call us on 13 32 40 and we can follow up with the sponsored child and community, educating them of the risks involved in communicating this way and why we use channels such as letters and e-letters.

We understand that you may want to send your sponsored child something special. However, we ask you not to send parcels or large gifts because it can have negative effects:

• World Vision’s office in your sponsored child’s country can’t pay the customs or delivery costs
• Gifts can cause tension amongst family and community members
• No matter how well meant, the gift may be inappropriate, culturally or otherwise
• The item could easily be stolen in the mail

For more information about the kinds of small, paper-based gifts that you’re welcome to send to your sponsored child, see our Send a gift policy.


While we understand some sponsors would love to give more, we ask that you don’t send money directly to your sponsored child because it can have negative effects:

• Sending money to an individual child and/or their family doesn’t contribute to the long-term development goals of the sponsorship program.
• Our field offices are not equipped to handle funds sent to them directly from sponsors.
• As with gifts, sending money may cause tension amongst family and community members.
• In some countries it’s against the law to receive and send foreign currency.

By sponsoring a child, you're already doing the best thing for a community.

Instead, you might consider sending your child a letter or eLetter to let them know you care. Or, for more information about the kinds of small, paper-based gifts that you’re welcome to send to your sponsored child, see our Send a gift policy.


Yes. Many sponsors add visiting their sponsored child to their overseas trip plans and find it’s an exciting and life-changing experience!

World Vision is committed to protecting the safety and wellbeing of children, families and communities with whom we work. So there are some important details you’ll need to be aware of before planning your visit and booking your travel dates:

• Please call us on 13 32 40 or email us at least three months before your intended departure date so we can arrange for the visit with the World Vision office in your sponsored child’s country.
• You’ll need to complete a police check and sign a field trip agreement before your visit can be confirmed.

Nothing equals seeing firsthand the difference you’re making in your sponsored child’s life through visiting their community.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to visiting your sponsored child to help you with your planning.

Many sponsors love the idea of spending time with their sponsored child. But unfortunately, World Vision doesn’t facilitate bringing sponsored children to Australia for visits.

Our focus is on helping the community your sponsored child is a part of. As such, our priorities are dependent on keeping that community together and strengthening it.

But you can still share your life with your sponsored child in other meaningful ways – through letters, cards and photos. That’s part of the joy of child sponsorship.

Or you might like take up the exciting opportunity to visit your sponsored child. Many sponsors have described their visit as an experience they’ll never forget!


No, World Vision does not organise adoptions, and sponsored children are not available for adoption through other parties either.

We believe your help to improve the wellbeing of children in their own communities has deeper value than removing them from those communities altogether.

If your sponsored child leaves the community, we’ll notify you as soon as possible.

Sponsored children and their families can decide to move out of the sponsorship area for a range of different reasons that can benefit the child, such as to reunite with family members, or pursue work and other opportunities. Generally, families make this decision with a great deal of care and consideration.

If your sponsored child moves, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options, including the opportunity to sponsor another child and continue the good work your sponsorship has already done.


My World Vision is your online account that’s set up just for you. It’s an easy-to-use space that gives you the opportunity to see photos and videos of your sponsored child and their community, from any digital device. You can also send an eLetter to your sponsored child, update your personal details and access your annual tax statement at the end of the financial year.

We’ll still send you updates if you decide not to use My World Vision. But we’d highly recommend it – as it’s very convenient and can help you get the most out of your sponsorship.

Log in or register for your My World Vision account. It only takes a few minutes.
Child sponsorship takes a long-term and holistic approach, and helps lift entire communities out of poverty by addressing multiple needs. When you sponsor a child for $48 per month, your contributions and those of other child sponsors and donors and grant funds are often combined to support projects and activities that can transform the world where your sponsored child lives.

Child Rescue offers children living in crisis crucial and life-changing support, but it’s also quite specific in its reach. Read more about how Child Rescue helps to protect children from situations of child labour and slavery.

When you sponsor a child, you’re supporting work that builds a better future for the entire community. That’s because over 60 years of experience has taught us that the best way to change a child’s life is to transform the world in which they live – their family, their community and the local area.

When a community is stable and productive its members can provide for children’s long-term wellbeing; the most effective way to improve children’s wellbeing is to strengthen their community.

The wellbeing of a child is dependent on their families and community and in order to thrive, children need to grow up in an environment that provides the essentials for today together with hope and opportunity for the future.


Ideally, World Vision Child Sponsorship is a long-term commitment for the duration of work in a particular community, which typically lasts for 10-15 years.

But the length of child sponsorship can be different for each sponsor. Some sponsors join us at the beginning of our work in their sponsored child’s community and others join us towards the end.

Sponsorship can end for a number of reasons. These include:

• our work in a community is completed and it’s self-sustaining;
• your sponsored child finishes school or begins to earn an income; and
• your sponsored child’s family moves away from the community where World Vision is working.

In many cases, children remain sponsored until they reach adulthood, can support themselves or marry.

Whatever the reason, we’ll notify you when your sponsorship comes to an end. At that time, we’ll help you consider your options for ongoing support, including sponsoring another child if you wish.


When a sponsorship program ends, it’s an exciting time because the community has reached a point where its members can continue the development work we began together on their own. In most cases, committees made up of local people are set up to monitor progress and oversee ongoing development work.

In the final years of working with your sponsored child’s community, we help to prepare and equip them to continue with their own development activities into the future, without World Vision’s assistance.

By the time we’re ready to leave your sponsored child’s area, our aim is that all the children and families who live there are healthier; better able to meet their own needs and ready to continue the process of change that you’ve helped to start.

The ultimate goal of child sponsorship is self-sufficiency. When this has been achieved, World Vision moves on to help another community in need.

Through our sponsorship programs, children and adults gain knowledge and skills which stay with them long after World Vision has gone, and for generations to come.


While we’re motivated by our Christian values and faith, at World Vision we recognise that many people in the world do not share our beliefs. It’s not our goal to convert anyone through our work, and we never seek to do so.

Our Christian faith is the foundation for all we do and we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We’re committed to the poor because we’re Christian. We seek to express our Christian beliefs in an inclusive and non-judgmental manner and we’re committed to working with people of all cultures, faiths and genders to achieve transformation.

The primary focus of our work is addressing the immediate and long-term development needs of communities, particularly the most vulnerable. We respond to these needs regardless of the religion or beliefs of a community or of individual community members.

As we do work in partnership with communities, depending on specific circumstances we may partner with local faith-based groups and encourage their participation in the development process.

Read more about World Vision's Christian identity.

Child sponsorship is a very special journey that develops over time. That’s why we encourage you to view sponsorship as a long-term partnership. Sponsors tell us how much they enjoy watching their sponsored child grow up, as their support makes a real difference from year to year.

But we understand that your circumstances may change, and that’s why you can cancel your sponsorship at any time, for any reason. If that happens, we’ll continue to care for the child you’ve sponsored through our work in the community and may give them the opportunity of connecting with a new sponsor.

If you don’t wish to cancel your sponsorship, but would like to adjust your donations, we have flexible options to help you continue your support in a way that suits you.

You may also like to consider sharing the cost of child sponsorship with others. Some sponsors team up with a friend, family member, or a group of people. It's also possible to transfer your existing child sponsorship to someone else if you'd like.

Simply get in touch with us on 13 32 40 if you’d like to discuss your options or cancel your sponsorship.


Sponsor a child like Osman to help build resilience


Eight-year-old Osman, Kenya

I live in Kenya and I am a 8-year-old boy. I really like Football. My birthday is 20 December 2008.

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