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For millions of children around the world, being denied access to basic human rights has become normal. We can no longer accept this as ‘normal’ and must take a stand to challenge it – but we need your help.

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Sponsor a child and help transform their community

  • Sponsor

    When you sponsor a child, you’ll receive a detailed and meaningful welcome package with photos and information about your sponsored child, their family and their community.

  • Connect

    Sponsorship provides a unique opportunity to form a special one-to-one connection with a child around the world. By sharing letters, drawings, and photos, you’ll get a glimpse into your sponsored child’s world and learn how your support helps make a real difference in their life. If you wish, we can even arrange for you to visit your sponsored child to see first-hand the impact of your support.

  • Child

    Each year, you’ll receive several personalized updates on the progress of your sponsored child, their community and country. Additionally, you’ll also receive one detailed annual update where you can learn how your sponsored child and their family have progressed over the past year with your support, as well as a new set of photographs, so you can see how your sponsored child has grown!

  • Community

    Child Sponsorship programming allows us to combine sponsor contributions to increase impact and establish a trusted presence within communities. This even helps secure further grant funding from institutional and government donors to grow community-based development projects, like building schools or water taps, which not only benefit sponsored children, but many others in their community too.

  • Education




    For every year a girl stays in school, her income can increase by 15%.

    By sponsoring a child, you can help ensure that more children – especially girls – have improved access to a quality education.

  • water & sanitation


    water & sanitation


    Access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene is critical for the survival, development and well-being of children’s health.

    Your sponsorship will help support our work to improve community access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities.

  • Health & nutrition

    Health & nutrition


    Each year, around 9 million children die from preventable and treatable illnesses before they reach their 5th birthday.

    Your sponsorship will support our work to improve health care for mothers and children, so children have the chance for a healthy start in life.

  • Economic security


    Economic security


    Millions of people struggle to meet their most basic daily needs, and children are often the first to feel the effects.

    When you sponsor a child, you’ll help communities build income sources and assets, helping families become more resilient and better able to cope in times of economic difficulty.

  • Child protection


    Child protection


    Though a fundamental breach of their human rights, violence against children is unfortunately widespread in communities around the world.

    By sponsoring a child, you’ll help support targeted community programs aimed at addressing specific protection issues, like child marriage.

See the Impact: The Power of Sponsorship

because i am a girl booster

Make your contributions go further! For an extra $6 a month, the Because I am a Girl Booster can be added to your Child Sponsorship and will be matched 4x by our funding partners, which means even greater impact for life-changing projects.

Make your contributions go further

Read how child sponsorship helps change lives:

  • Ronald

    Help Redefine futures

    Meet Ronald

    A former sponsored child from Uganda. When Ronald received a photo from his sponsor, he had no idea it would change his life. He took a picture of a pig, I remember it was a white pig, a long one. I really loved it and I promised myself that when I grew up, I would set up a pigsty of my own – and I did it! With the income from his piggery, he’s now able to pay for his younger sisters and brothers to go to school.

    My brothers and sisters are all in school, just from that statement from my sponsor.

    – Ronald, former sponsored child

  • Sanmya

    Help Empower girls to access their rights

    Meet Sanmya

    A member of our women’s football initiative. She is learning through sport about gender issues. The project tells us about violence and women’s rights while teaching us how to play football. Sanmya knows that Plan International initiatives are only possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

    Thanks to the projects they sponsor, I have become wiser about my rights, she says.

    – Sanmya, sponsored child from Brazil

  • Tort

    help transform entire communities

    Meet Tort

    Facing the challenges of poverty, as well as a physical disability, she was one of the first children in her village sponsored by Plan International. After finishing school and graduating from the sponsorship program, Tort began working at her local school library. She now volunteers to teach English classes 3 times a day at the primary school and is working towards making her dream of becoming a teacher come true! Thanks to her child sponsor, Tort is well on her way to making all her dreams come true.

    With these lessons, I want to give something back to my village for having received so much in my life.

    – Tort, former sponsored child from Cambodia

Still have questions? We can help!

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

    Child Sponsorship costs from $42 per month, which works out to be just over $10 per week.

  • How does Child Sponsorship work?

    Child Sponsorship provides you with a special opportunity to have a unique one-to-one connection with a child and their family in one of the developing countries where Plan International works. As part of your sponsorship you can exchange letters and photos, and we can even arrange for you to visit your sponsored child. Each year you’ll receive updates on the progress of your sponsored child and their community, so you can see how your sponsored child is growing and learning. Child Sponsorship programming allows us to combine sponsor contributions to increase impact and establish a trusted presence within communities. This even helps secure further grant funding from institutional and government donors to grow community-based development projects, like building schools or water taps, which not only benefit sponsored children, but many others in their community too.

  • 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 collectively support a wide-range of programs in your sponsored child's community. With more than 80 years of experience, we know that the best way to help each and every child unleash their potential is to engage families and entire communities in the change, so they can carry on – and further – the positive impact or many years to come.

  • How much of my money will reach and contribute to projects that benefit my sponsored child’s community?

    In over 80 years, Plan International has built a reputation as one of the world's most effective and responsible development agencies.

    Your gifts will go far: In 2020, 79% of every dollar raised by Plan International Canada went to support programs benefitting children and families in some of the most remote communities around the world. That means that 79 cents of every dollar directly reach programs that improve children’s communities and lives, and we continue to maintain these strong efficiencies, ensuring we can help as many children in need as possible. Trust and transparency are important to us and we invite you to look through our annual review and financial statements.

  • I have more questions. Who can I speak with?

    Our Donor Care team is happy to answer any questions you have about our work. You can call them a 1-800-387-1418 or email

  • How does Plan handle tax receipts?

  • Can I send gifts to my sponsored child?

  • How do I change my personal information?

  • How do I change my payment option?

  • Do sponsorship contributions go directly to one child?

  • If I sponsor a child, how long a commitment do I need to make?

  • How long do children remain sponsored through Plan?