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What is Child Sponsorship? Can I have a brief introduction?
- Food Security
- Water & Sanitation
- Health & Nutrition
- Economic development
Your contributions are pooled with that of other sponsors to fund community projects that result in the long-lasting transformation of the life of a child and his or her community. Child sponsorship is immensely satisfying for the sponsor and incredibly important for the child.
How does Child Sponsorship work?
Child Sponsorship works very simply! You provide your sponsored child, his/her family and community with basic needs, love and care through your monthly sponsorship support. In turn, you will receive annual progress updates and can even correspond with your child.
A child’s life is transformed through your sponsorship!
- The sponsorship money you send is pooled with that of other people who sponsor children in the same community as your child is in.
- Collectively, your support enables World Vision to provide benefits such as education, healthcare, nutritious food and clean water for the children through an Area Development Programme (ADP). Parents of these children will also receive useful skills training and income-generating opportunities to help them attain self-sustainability in the long term.
- An ADP is World Vision’s signature approach to fighting poverty and transforming lives. Through ADPs, World Vision identifies where we work and who we work with, and then carry out development activities specific to an ADP’s needs.
Why is community development important in Child Sponsorship?
How are children chosen for sponsorship?
Do the children and their families know that they are being sponsored?
How does World Vision ensure that the development programmes are impacting my sponsored child’s life directly and positively?
- In the long run, we have not really helped a child unless we have also strengthened his/her family and community to provide for his/her continuing care. You can be sure that your child is well taken care of while we improve his/her community.
- In planning, implementing and evaluating our work, World Vision staff consider the basic needs of the child and the dynamics of the particular child’s community. Does the child have a healthy diet? Is he or she attending school? Does the child have access to adequate healthcare, clean water, housing and clothing? Do his/her parents have an opportunity to improve the family’s condition by growing more food or starting a small business?
- All projects are regularly measured against such goals and objectives. Audits are conducted regularly by field staff and occasionally by external consultants to ensure that the project is on track and is meeting the specific goals established by community leaders and World Vision.
- As a child sponsor, you will receive annual progress updates on your child and the family’s well-being, and a report on how the development activities you are supporting are helping the entire community.
You can also find out more when you write to your child. When you participate in our annual Child Sponsors Trip to visit the community where your child lives, you get to meet him or her face-to-face too!
Where can I sponsor a child? Can I know more about these poor countries/communities?
You can provide hope and help to children in the following countries supported by World Vision Singapore:
- Asia : Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
- Africa : Ethiopia, Zambia
- Middle East : Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza
Click here for more details of our work in each country.
Which country is the neediest?
I think girls need more help than boys. I would like to help girls only.
How long do I sponsor a child for?
When does my sponsorship start and end?
What should I do if I want to terminate my sponsorship?
How do I start my Child Sponsorship journey?
Begin your Child Sponsorship journey by selecting a child from here. Once your sponsorship is confirmed, you will receive:
- A Welcome Kit with details of your child and other useful sponsorship materials
- A letter from your child within two to three months
- An Annual Progress and Community Report on your child’s improvements
You can write back, send gifts or visit your sponsored child to foster a real one-to-one relationship.
Child Sponsorship Experience
Am I the only sponsor for my sponsored child?
Can I sponsor more than one child?
Can a group of friends/colleagues/relatives/cell-group members sponsor a child?
How can I keep in contact or send gifts to my sponsored child?
Send your words of encouragement by writing to your sponsored child or sending a small practical gift. Follow these simple instructions.
Step 1: On the front of your envelope, write the address of the World Vision office according to the country listed here.
Step 2: On the back of the envelope, write your sponsored child’s name and ID number.
Step 3: On your letter, write the child’s name and ID number at the top of the page, and your name and partner number at the end of the letter.
The country addresses and your sponsored child’s ID can be found in the child’s picture folder. Your partner ID is printed on World Vision’s letters. Or you can simply call our office to find out.
To protect the child and for efficient delivery, it is vital that you:
- Bear in mind your sponsored child’s environment and culture when writing a letter or sending a gift.
- Send only flat, inexpensive items such as photos, maps, bookmarks and stickers that can easily fit into an A4-size envelope. Otherwise, duty charges may be incurred. These gifts can widen the child’s imagination and is a precious link to the world outside.
- Allow three months for a response.
- Do not disclose your contact information in any correspondence. His or her reply will be sent via the National World Vision office where your child is from.
- Do not send it to World Vision Singapore’s office.
- Do not send any cash, food items (e.g. sweets), expensive or fancy gifts, culturally-sensitive or religious items.
Can I visit my sponsored child?
Communicating with my Sponsored Child
If I write to my child in English, will he/she understand my writing?
What if my sponsored child is too young to write?
How often should I send letters to my sponsored child?
Interacting with my Sponsored Child
Can I bring my sponsored child to Singapore for a short holiday?
Can I bring my sponsored child to Singapore for his/her education? I do not trust the quality of education that he/she is getting in his/her country.
How does World Vision protect the security, privacy and dignity of children?
At World Vision, we are fully committed to ensuring that children and their families are protected from the fear or reality of any physical or emotional abuse. This could result from inappropriate and unsafe Internet and social media use, including the sharing of private information about a child and their family. Because of this, we ask all sponsors to abide by the following standards while participating in World Vision’s sponsorship program:
- Refrain from any direct, unmonitored communication with your sponsored child or family without our knowledge. This includes contact through the Internet or social media (including instant message, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, etc.). Note that World Vision does not, under any circumstances, allow visits to the child’s residence or community that have not been coordinated by World Vision staff.
- Do not post your sponsored child’s last name or child ID number on the Internet or social media sites.
- For both their security and yours, please let us know immediately of any contact initiated by your sponsored child or family that makes you feel uncomfortable.