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The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in closures of schools and other learning spaces, impacting up to 99% of the students in low and lower-middle income countries. Girls who don’t have the opportunity to stay in school are at higher risk of increased gender-based violence, unplanned pregnancy, trafficking, and child marriage. The pandemic will also push nearly 47 million women and girls into extreme poverty this year.

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How sponsoring a child helps

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Plan International is supporting remote education in 50 countries by offering virtual learning and distribution of home-based educational materials. We also train front-line responders to protect children, particularly girls, from violence, sexual exploitation, abuse and more. We give girls & young women continued access to sexual & reproductive health information & services, working with teachers, parents, health care providers and partners to ensure children get the support they need during the pandemic. Additionally, we are working with communities, governments and partners to provide handwashing facilities, hygiene kits (including menstrual hygiene supplies) and age responsive health information.

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Sponsor a child and help transform their community

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  • Sponsor a Child

    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.

  • Have a Meaningful Connection

    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.

  • Personalized updates

    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!

  • Impact an entire 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.

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  • Keeping children healthy

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    Keeping children healthy

    Plan International Canada is committed to overcoming this global health crisis by providing hygiene kits, hand washing stations and more to vulnerable communities. Help us protect even more children’s health.

  • Reducing gender-based violence

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    Reducing gender-based violence

    Due to the pandemic, even more girls are at risk of threats like child marriage or trafficking. When you sponsor a child, it helps us work at all levels within a community to end gender-based violence.

  • Providing continued access to education

    Providing continued access to education

    With the rise of COVID-19, an increased number of children are out of school. The UN estimates that at least 500 million children and youth are currently excluded from distance learning solutions. Sponsoring a child can help them to continue their education in a safe environment, and pursue more opportunities in the future.

  • Helping ensure safety for children

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    Ensuring safety for children

    Education helps reduce the likelihood of young girls being subjected to female genital mutilation, child marriage and violence at home. Girls have a right to live free of violence and make their own decisions about their own futures. Sponsoring a child helps us work within that community to protect the safety of all children, especially girls.

Read first-hand how child sponsorship helps change lives:

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  • 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 2018, 81% 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 81 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 info@plancanada.ca. You can also request an information package to learn more about Child Sponsorship

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  • How long do children remain sponsored through Plan?

 

About Plan International

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International has been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and is now active in more than 75 countries.

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Where your money goes

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79%
Support programs benefiting children and families.
21%
Administration, operating and fundraising costs.