Through World Vision sponsorship you can give
a child the opportunity to live without poverty

Poverty is often the main reason why a family is forced to sell their child into slavery. World Vision Sponsorship is the best way to protect these children from exploitation because:

  • We work with families and communities to value and protect children, ensuring that they can participate fully in community life.
  • We provide quality education to children, ensuring that they learn about keeping themselves and others safe.
  • We provide economic opportunities that help communities build better lives so that children do not need to be pulled out of school to work.
  • We work with all levels of government in taking action to implement laws and policies that protect children from violence and exploitation – e.g. issuing birth registration documents to every child. We also work with corporations and other non-governmental organizations to ensure their operations promote child safety.
  • We respect International Laws and implement special measures to protect children in crisis situations – e.g. Laws to prevent unaccompanied children from crossing the border after the Haiti earthquake.
  • Our staff regularly monitor the sponsored children.

Children are much less likely to be trafficked or exploited if there are family members and other caring adults watching out for them. World Vision works to make sure that every child is cared for so that every child will be missed if they fall victim to any form of violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

By sponsoring a child, you are not only helping them, but you are changing an entire community by helping to break the cycle of poverty. By combining sponsorships in that region, we can fund programs that help create sustainability in the community and give children the best opportunities for a stable and fruitful life.

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With World Vision, protecting a child is simple.
Getting started is easy.

WATCH

WATCH

Meet your sponsored child through an introduction letter and videos directly from their community. Watch good things happen as you exchange letters, emails, and receive a yearly report.

CONNECT

CONNECT

You'll have access to online Community sites where you can discover your sponsored child's community, meet other children who live there, follow their progress and celebrate the successes.

SHARE

SHARE

As you see the positive changes unfold for your sponsored child, you'll want to tell others about how exciting it is to help change a child's life!

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  • How does sponsorship help children?
    Millions of children around the world need help to break the cycle of poverty. Hunger weakens them. Unsafe water makes them sick. Missing out on an education keeps them from reaching their potential. Your monthly sponsorship of $39 will help provide a child with access to life-changing basics like nutritious food, clean water, healthcare, and education. Child sponsorship also helps families and communities lift themselves out of poverty by providing job training, business coaching, small loans, along with training to help poverty-affected farmers learn new ways to grow crops.
  • As a child sponsor, what will I receive from World Vision?
    You'll get a welcome package and a letter of introduction from your sponsored child or from World Vision staff working in the child's community. Each year, you'll also receive your sponsored child's updated photo and progress report, and we'll let you know the good news happening in his or her community too.
  • Can I visit my sponsored child?
    A visit to your sponsored child is a rewarding way to really see how your generosity is making a difference. There are some things that need to happen on our end, though, so just contact us at 1-866-595-5550 at least three months before you're leaving. Click here for more details.
  • Can I send a gift to my sponsored child?
    Sure, but please limit it to simple gifts tucked into your letters and cards. Flat items such as photos, bookmarks, stamps or stickers (in an envelope no bigger than 6 x 9) are ideal. Please don't send parcels or cash. Your sponsored child's photo frame ? which you'll receive in the welcome kit gives all the address details. Also, you can send gifts to your sponsored child's community through the World Vision Gift Catalogue. Click here to browse through it.
  • How long will I sponsor my child?
    We work in a community until it becomes self-sufficient, which usually takes from 10 to 15 years. You can sponsor the same child for as long as the project continues. When a project comes to an end, you'll be invited to help transform another child's life.
  • Should I write to my sponsored child?
    Absolutely! Children love to hear from their sponsors and often treasure the letters and photos they get. Please be patient, though. Although your letters may reach your sponsored child within a few weeks, it can take quite a bit longer ? up to six months, in some cases for mail to reach some remote communities. All correspondence must include:
    • World Vision's national office address (exactly as it appears on the picture folder you received for your sponsored child) on the front of the envelope
    • Your sponsored child's name and child ID on the back flap of your envelope and on the top of your letter.
    • Please do not write your address inside the letter.
  • Can I adopt or bring a sponsored child to Canada?
    No. World Vision does not organize adoption or bringing children to Canada for visits. Your help to improve their quality of life and self-reliance in their own countries and cultures has deeper value than moving them to a foreign country.
  • Can I get an official tax receipt for donation?
    Yes. World Vision issues a cumulative tax receipt for all of your monthly child sponsorship payments and other donations yearly. Receipts are typically sent out in late January or early February.
  • What if I cannot make my child sponsorship payments?
    Should you be unable to make regular child sponsorship payments, please contact World Vision as soon as possible to explore the range of options available.
  • How do I update my contact or payment information?
    If you need to report a change of address, phone number or payment information, you can call a World Vision representative at 1-866-595-5550 or click here to visit the World Vision Customer Service page.
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We put more dollars into programs that benefit children
and communities than any other charity.

The best way to change a child's life is to change the world they live in. That's why when you sponsor a child, you are not only helping them, but you are changing an entire community. By combining sponsorships in that region, we can fund programs that help create sustainability in the community and give children the best opportunities for a stable and fruitful life.

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EDUCATION

442,326 children, supported by Canadians, are attending school or vocational programs. World Vision donated 500,000 books to help children improve their reading skills.

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Water

CLEAN WATER

World Vision provided 1.8 million people with access to clean drinking water, 5,340 new or rehabilitated wells and 126,660 latrines.

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Water
REAL STORIES | CLEAN WATER IN ACTION
ANSWERED PRAYERS

In Tanzania, Maganga Donald was just eight when he faced death after falling sick with diarrhea. During his treatment and recovery, Maganga learned what caused his illness: I was sick because I drank dirty water." Snails had contaminated the family's only source of water.

Today, the cycle of contaminated water and illness has been broken. With sponsorship funds, World Vision created a borehole that Maganga's family and the rest of the community use to extract clean water from deep within the ground. World Vision also helped the family stay healthy by installing a simple handwashing station in their home.

NUTRITIOUS FOOD

World Vision provided 30,000 metric tons of food to beneficiaries and treated 200,000 children suffering from acute malnutrition in 11 countries.

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REAL STORIES | NUTRITOUS FOOD IN ACTION
MENTORING NEW MOTHERS

Bimala, 28, has been volunteering as a guide mother for more than two years in Nepal. She teaches mothers of malnourished children to select and prepare nutritious food to help keep children healthy. Women [here] focus more on their field work and less on children. They are not aware of the importance of nutritious food."

With World Vision's support, she received training on early childhood nutrition, health and hygiene. She now conducts early morning classes for mothers in her community. Bilama uses this opportunity to show mothers how to prepare nutritious meals with locally available resources. 

HEALTH

World Vision provided 2.9 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent malaria and 34 million doses of medicine to local health clinics overseas. 850,000 people have better sanitation facilities.

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REAL STORIES | HEALTH IN ACTION
CIRCLE OF HOPE

The "Nutrition Circle" is  a project that tackles malnutrition in El Salvador. Each nutrition circle is led by a  "mother guide," a woman in the community who is trained in the basics of food safety and family nutrition by World Vision staff. Santos Idalia Escovar de Aviles, led a nutrition circle when her daughter Yeinmy was diagnosed with severe malnutrition.

Today, Yeinmy is transformed. She has gained weight, energy and enthusiasm. "She used to eat only a cornmeal drink; now her favourite foods are beans and pasta." says her mother. A healthy diet enables her to learn more effectively and boost her disease resistance, essential first steps toward a brighter future.

Not ready to sponsor a child yet?
There are other ways that you can help protect
children from slavery through World Vision.

RAW HOPE

Countries like South Sudan, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Syria are far too dangerous and unstable for long-term child sponsorship programs. However, it is in these countries that children are the most vulnerable to being exploited.

Support our Raw Hope program to give children a better chance of survival with lifesaving essentials. Your donation will give hope to children who think help is impossible.

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ONE TIME GIFT

Take Action Against
Child Slavery.

Your one-time gift will provide life-giving support for children suffering from exploitation and abuse. In partnership with children, families, local communities, governments and non-governmental organizations, you can help World Vision take concrete action to put an end to child slavery. Small donations add up to big change.

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GIFT CATALOGUE

Create possibilities.

Choose a gift for yourself or for a friend or family member and help protect a child from exploitation and violence.

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