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You can make a difference by sponsoring a child

Child sponsorship is a unique and personal way for you to make a difference in the life of a child, family and community. See the difference you are making, through the eyes of your sponsored child.

Change a child’s life forever. All it takes is about $1 a day, just $39 a month. Your donation is tax-deductible as a charitable gift.

Sponsor a child and plan to change the world.

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  • Adequate nutrition, so children get enough to eat
  • Water and sanitation, a basic right we take for granted
  • Healthcare, so children don’t die from preventable diseases
  • Education, so children learn important lessons for their future
  • Family income so parents can support their children

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Children need your help
in the poorest countries of the world:

  • 19,000 children die every day due to malnutrition and lack of health care
  • 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water
  • 1.2 billion people live on less than $1.25 per day
  • 121 million children out of school, more than half are girls

In Canada alone, there are 150,000 child sponsors (and counting!). But there are still millions of children waiting for help.

For about $1 a day, you can provide life-saving essentials to a child,
their family and their community.

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The power of your Child Sponsorship

When you sponsor a child through Plan, your donations will fund life-changing projects in your sponsored child’s community – projects that will help children in that community to access their basic rights.

You’ll witness how your contributions provide essentials like:

Adequate nutrition, so children get enough to eat
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Your sponsorship helps teach sustainable farming techniques so children and families can stay nourished.

Water and sanitation, a basic right we take for granted
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With support from our sponsors, we work with communities to provide resources and expertise that help children and their families gain access to clean water and proper sanitation.

Healthcare, so children don't die from preventable diseases
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Your sponsorship allows us to improve health care for mothers and children, so children have the healthiest start in life.

Education, so children learn important lessons for their future
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Even one extra year of education has been proven to improve the future livelihood and health of a child, which is why, with your support, we’re working to ensure that more children have access to a quality education.

Family income so parents can support their children
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Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. We improve the livelihood of a community through small loans and basic business training. This enables parents to support their families and help their community emerge from the cycle of poverty.

The start of something special with your sponsored child

A sample Child Sponsorship welcome package

You will receive:

A welcome package in the mail in about a month, including:

  • Photos and a profile of your sponsored child and their family
  • Information on your sponsored child’s community.

The opportunity to exchange letters:

  • If you write a letter to your sponsored child, they will write back! Letter writing is a great way for you to get to know your sponsored child and see the change happening in their community through their eyes.

Access to MyPlan, a members-only website section where you can:

  • Send letters and e-cards to your sponsored child
  • View photos and updates on your sponsored child and their community
  • Manage your account

An annual update on your sponsored child:

  • Each year, you will receive an update on the progress your sponsored child and their community are making because of your support!
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Three reasons why you should sponsor a child with Plan:

1. Sponsorship benefits the sponsored child.
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“I was a very poor child in Colombia, but my Canadian sponsor showed me the world through her letters. Now I am 48, with an MBA and have traveled to 15 countries. Thank you Plan and my sponsor Miss Louise Miller!”

Carlos Aparicio, MBA

Plan Colombia board member and former sponsored child

2. Child Sponsorship benefits the whole community.
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“I went to visit my sponsored child, Ruby in Ghana, Africa The money from sponsors funds so many amazing projects that benefit both sponsored children and the children in their community. It makes more of a difference than you can even imagine!”

Kaitlyn Strickland

Plan Canada child sponsor

3. Sponsorship benefits YOU!
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"I have been writing back and forth with my sponsored child for about 5 years now and – still – few things bring me as much joy as coming home to see a letter on my floor with that Plan logo on it, knowing it could be a letter, translated to English, sent all the way from a small village in Africa”

April Jensen

Plan Canada child sponsor

Still have questions? Let us help!

How does Child Sponsorship work?

Child Sponsorship creates a unique personal connection between you and a child and their family in one of the developing countries where Plan works. As part of your sponsorship you can exchange letters and photos.

When you sponsor a child, your donations are pooled to support a wide range of programs in your sponsored child's community. This means you are helping to improve the life of your sponsored child and the lives of all those in the community.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child with Plan Canada?

Child Sponsorship costs $39 a month, which works out to be about $1 a day – the cost of a cup of coffee.

Do sponsorship contributions go directly to one child?

No. When you sponsor a child, your contributions not only benefit the child you are sponsoring, they benefit the whole community! Your contributions are pooled to support a wide range of programs in your sponsored child's community. More than 75 years of experience have taught us that helping families and communities become self-sufficient is the best way to secure the child’s future.

Is the money I give to Plan Canada handled responsibly?

In over 75 years, Plan has built a reputation as one of the world's most effective and responsible development agencies.

In 2013, 79% of every dollar raised went to support programs benefitting children and families. Trust and transparency are important to us and we invite you to look through Plan's annual reviews and financial statements.

Can I communicate with the child I sponsor?

Absolutely! If you write to your sponsored child, they’ll write back to you! Writing to the child your sponsor is one of the most rewarding aspects of sponsorship. And with our online tool, MyPlan, writing to your sponsored child is easy!

Can I visit my sponsored child?

Yes! We encourage sponsors to consider a trip to their sponsored child's community. It's a life changing experience to meet your sponsored child and their family and you will be able to see first-hand the impact your sponsorship is making. Please contact us 10 weeks in advance of a visit so we can make the necessary preparations for you.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes. Donations over $25 are eligible for a tax-credit as a charitable gift. Tax receipts are issued in February for the previous calendar year.

I have more questions – who can I speak to?

Our donor support team is happy to answer any questions you have about our work. You can call them at 1 866-321-2386 or email info@plancanada.ca. You can also request an information package to learn more about Child sponsorship.

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About Plan

Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest charities, working to end global poverty. Inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one purpose: to improve the lives of children.

Where your money goes

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