Beyond Traditional Child Sponsorship

At Plan International, we redefine what it means to support a child. Discover the transformative power of The Plan Effect, a unique and powerful approach to child sponsorship that goes beyond traditional methods to create lasting, community-wide impact.

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Sponsors do so much more than help one child!

They support entire communities. And together, they make the rest of our life-changing programs possible. That powerful synergy is something we call The Plan Effect.


The Plan Effect

How Sponsorship Maximizes Impact

The Plan Effect is our unique approach to sponsorship and community-based programs. It creates holistic developments for children and their families, from improvements in health care to increases in girls’ school enrolment and anything in between.

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How The Plan Effect goes
beyond traditional child
sponsorship programs

How The Plan Effect goes beyond traditional child sponsorship programs

Children who are sponsored are more likely to be in school, be healthier and have greater well-being.
Collaborative programming

Plan International’s sponsorship programs are launched in partnership with community leaders and children and are tailored to address community-specific challenges. This can include making sure children have birth certificates, training families to manage livestock, growing school gardens or supporting education ̶ and much more!

Teamwork and trust

Plan International builds long-term relationships, trust and credibility by working closely with families, community leaders and local partners. That also helps us understand the unique community context and help create solutions that address the barriers that hold children back.

Expanded impact

The way we collaborate helps open the door for even more programs that bring transformational change to the same communities. These programs are funded by grants, institutional partners and other contributors and make big positive changes in areas like health, sanitation and more.

Emergency response

When humanitarian crises strike, Plan International can respond quickly because we already have an established presence in the communities. Whether it’s a food shortage, conflict, or extreme weather events like drought or flooding, we can shift our programs to address the most urgent needs.

Maximum benefit

The power of sponsorship and grant projects working together brings benefits for sponsored children, their families and all children in the community. Sponsorship is the catalyst that makes it possible to create even more sustainable solutions together, so we can advance children’s rights and equality for girls and drive significant change, in communities and around the world.

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Community members decide what they need most, and community volunteers and our staff, sponsors and partners work together to make projects happen.
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Why The Plan Effect is more effective in creating real change

The Plan Effect’s approach is unique to Plan International. Its effect is well-tested ̶ and exponential! Here’s an example:

Plan has run sponsorship programs in Bolivia for more than 50 years. In 2018, our partner Global Affairs Canada supported a $10.9 million project in areas of Bolivia where we already had active sponsorship. The Achieving Reproductive Rights for Bolivian Adolescents (ARRIBA) project addressed sensitive issues related to teen pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and child, early and forced marriage – topics that are taboo in many of the areas where we work.

We found that families were more interested in having their children participate in the project and explore these topics because they trusted Plan and the sponsorship programs they already knew.

Thanks to this built-in trust – made possible by sponsors like you – we could support more teens and women so they could shape their own futures.

That’s one of the reasons we exceeded our targets for the ARRIBA project by 131%, reaching 64,500 people! Read the full progress report.

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Erika, 19, lives in Pucarani, Bolivia, and has been involved in sponsorship since she was seven.

Availa the Local Volunteer

Availa has volunteered to help run sponsorship activities for 19 years in her community. She understands the needs and hopes of her neighbours and the challenges in her area. Sixty families trust her for information and guidance on sensitive matters, from sexual health to violence in the home.

“In the training sessions from Plan, we learn how to deal with these issues, and we share that with the people in our communities,” Availa says. “Volunteers are always in contact with families, especially young people,” she adds. Availa and sponsorship volunteers like her ensure strong relationships are built that lead to sustainable changes.

Availa the Local Volunteer

Darline, the young leader and sponsored child

Fifteen-year-old Darline has made the most of the three years she has participated in sponsorship by also joining our youth-network programs. She has acted in the role of a politician for a day and helped create a weekly radio program for teens that has provided a platform for young leaders like her to lobby for change. “We create awareness, like how to avoid unwanted pregnancies. We also reach teachers and leaders who listen to the program,” says Darline.

Darline, the young leader and sponsored child

Amalia, the businesswoman

Part of the ARRIBA project aimed to support women’s self-sufficiency through greenhouse initiatives, which were possible thanks to Gifts of Hope supporters who gave the Plant a Community Garden gift. “We formed an association called Apache,” says Amalia, a mother who started one of 12 greenhouse business groups. “[Plan International Canada] gave us seeds and training.”

And sponsors like you

Your backing as a sponsor is the backbone of our work, helping us touch the lives of children, families, volunteers, and everyone in between. Extensive projects like ARRIBA and the unique initiatives supported by Gifts of Hope are successful because of the bedrock of sponsorship and the connections you help make.

Three ways you can explore and support our work

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Our expertise

Discover why Plan International is a leader in children’s rights and protection, health, education, protection from violence, youth leadership and economic empowerment and humanitarian response and resilience.

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Our impact

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. In 2023, 9.3 million people, including 6.2 million children (3.2 million girls), were reached by Plan International Canada’s work.

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Be a part of The Plan Effect

Millions of children around the world are denied access to basic human rights. Become a sponsor and help children and their communities access their rights to education, health care, safety and more.

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