How does Sponsoring a Child Work?

We support communities around the world to lift themselves out of poverty. Because of Child Sponsors, communities, where we work, know that they can rely on regular financial support. This allows them to plan ahead and transform their lives in a sustainable way. And so, children like Agnes have the best possible chance in the future.

As soon as you sign up to be a sponsor, we’ll send you a welcome pack with a photo of the child you’re sponsoring and their story so far. After that, you’ll get two messages a year from your child – they might be letters, drawings, or postcards! And twice a year you will get an update from our staff in their country.

You will see the progress of a whole community through the child that you sponsor.

See more about where your donation goes.

Child sponsorship during coronavirus

We wish to thank the thousands of Child Sponsors in Ireland for their generous support at this time.

Thanks to you, over €500,000 is being directed towards life-saving Covid-19 responses in the Sponsored Child’s communities where sponsored children & their families live.

Millions of children are facing an uncertain future as Covid-19 becomes a global pandemic. So, our child sponsorship programme is even more vital.

From the 1st May your monthly sponsorship donation will start going to work in supporting our fight against Covid-19.

These life-saving activities are already underway, such as supplying soap, translating messaging on hygiene into local languages, doing demos of hand washing and distributing food parcels for families.

Thanks to you, our team will be able to use the additional resources from Child Sponsorship to prevent Covid-19 the best way they can until at least September.

Please note:

Your sponsored child will still continue to be supported by the initiatives of ActionAid in his/her community but given the magnitude of the threat this pandemic poses to all who live in his/her country, we need to act now to prevent any loss of life.

Due to travel restrictions, social distancing in country programmes and in order to keep children, families, and staff safe, there will be a delay in receiving Child Messages directly from your sponsored child. However, we will keep you updated on how your generous donations are supporting COVID-19 initiatives

Sponsor a child with ActionAid for just 25 euro per month and you could make a huge difference to a child in need. Together, we can make sure no child gets left behind.

Agnes Child Sponsorship



Anjana, from Nepal, meets with ActionAid workers distributing food parcels and COVID prevention kits. Anjana has been out of work as an agricultural labourer since lockdown was implemented last month.

Anjana, pictured here carrying the ActionAid packages with her children Reshma (8) and Mansu (4), who is an ex-sponsored child

Thank you!

Where Does My Child Sponsorship Money Go?

Education Action Aid




Health Care

Health Care

Clean Water

Clean Water

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