The time to act is now. Shockingly, children all over the world are denied fundamental human rights every day, living without access to clean water, education, food, health care and gender equality.
You can help change this and create a meaningful one-to-one connection by sponsoring a child. When you sponsor with Plan International Canada, you help children access education, proper nutrition, health care and clean water, helping the whole community thrive, enabling children to take back their rights and stand in their power.
Sponsor a child today to start creating life-long change around the world. *Leave blank to meet children enrolled the longest and most in need.
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Age: 14 years old, Born, October 30, 2007
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Location: Sierra Leone
Age: 9 years old, Born, May 19, 2013
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Age: 11 years old, Born, August 07, 2011
of people experiencing food insecurity are girls and women.
School closures caused by the pandemic are robbing 187 million children of school meal programs.
people around the world do not have enough food - that's 22 times the population of Canada!
The power of your sponsorship
When you sponsor a child, you fund life-changing projects in your sponsored child’s community – projects that help children access their basic human rights.
Almost one third of children in developing countries don't get enough to eat. Malnutrition is the result of a combination of factors that influence a community's health and well-being. With your support, Plan International Canada will teach sustainable farming techniques, provide safe water and sanitation and opportunities for education.
Water and sanitation
Girls often carry the burden of water collection which can mean travelling long distances every day, missing school and being exposed to risky situations along the way. Help girls, families and entire communities gain access to safe, clean water and proper sanitation.
Each year, around 9 million children die needlessly from preventable and treatable illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. Together with our sponsors, Plan International Canada works to improve health care for mothers and children, so children have the healthiest start in life.
When you sponsor a child, you help build new schools and educate communities on the importance of sending and keeping girls in school.
Child sponsors help support vocational skills training. This strengthens girls’ economic independence, helping them gain employment and giving them greater decision-making power over their lives.
We work to ensure that all children, especially girls, are registered at birth. Without birth registration, children can’t prove their legal age or claim protection under any legislation specifying a minimum age for marriage. Birth certificates also enable children to gain access to critical services and resources.
Help change a child's life.
Three reasons why you should sponsor a child.
Sponsorship benefits the sponsored child
“I was a very poor child in Colombia, but my Canadian sponsor showed me the world through her letters. Now I am 50, with an MBA and have traveled to 15 countries. Thank you Plan and my sponsor Miss Louise Miller.”
- Carlos Aparicio, MBA, Plan International Colombia Board Member and former sponsored child
Child sponsorship benefits the whole community
“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 International Canada child sponsor
Sponsorship benefits YOU!
“When I visited my sponsored child, Sidonie it was rewarding to see the significant difference I've made in her life and in the community, especially in such a remote place!"
- Eileen Fernandes-Smith, Plan International Canada child sponsor
Still have questions? We can help!
How much does it cost to sponsor a child with Plan International Canada?
Child Sponsorship is $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 countries where Plan International works. As part of your sponsorship, you can exchange letters and photos, and build a meaningful connection. 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 helps secure further grant funding from institutional and government donors to grow community-based development projects, like building schools or water taps, which supports sponsored children and their entire communities.
Do sponsorship contributions go directly to one child?
No. When you sponsor a child, your contributions not only support the child you are sponsoring, but they also support the whole community! Your contributions collectively support a wide range of programs in your sponsored child's community. The programs are chosen in collaboration with the community. With more than 80 years of experience, we know that the best way to help 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 for many years to come.