For the first time, the power to choose lies in the hands of a child.
Now, children get to choose you to make a difference in their lives and community.

Being chosen as a child sponsor: How does it work?

1. Sign-up and submit your photo.
Your name and photo are sent to a sponsorship community, where staff are setting up the children's choosing event. Which child will choose you?
2. Then a child will choose YOU.
Some children have waited for years to be chosen by a sponsor. Now, at the choosing event, it's their turn.  Which child will choose you? You'll get a photo of your new sponsored child holding your photo, plus a letter about why you were chosen.
3. You'll see your gifts at work ...
Your $45 a month is combined with other sponsors' gifts to support community projects that help your sponsored child and other children thrive. Clean water, healthcare, nutrition, education — whatever they need. And you'll get regular updates on the changes you're making together.
4. ... and celebrate the progress!
Joy travels both ways through love, prayers, and letters as you share the journey with your sponsored child. And the best part? Our approach is already built on empowering children and communities to build lasting change.

 

As we plan for the next Chosen event, be among the first to be informed!  

Sign Up here to be among the first to receive updates on upcoming Chosen events and register your participation ahead of the rest! 

Chosen Stories

“I believe that I should contribute meaningfully to those in need, instead of spending money on what I want. I also feel that Chosen is very unique in a sense that it gives those children hope! The power to make a decision that can impact their lives.”

“It is something that is very empowering and meaningful and I feel honoured to be a part of this," shared Jayley Woo. The local celebrity was #chosen by a child in Bangladesh as part of World Vision's latest child sponsorship initiative. This is her story! 

"The child sponsorship programme is still incredibly special but I think this approach of them choosing us, is very personal. I was very touched when he introduced himself and told me what he likes. It was as if he has already touched my life,” shared Felicia Chin, Mediacorp artiste, World Vision Goodwill Ambassador and a #chosen sponsor. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Chosen is a new invitation to child sponsorship where a child chooses his/her sponsor. You (the sponsor) can have your photo taken at an event or submit it online (coming soon).

Your photo and name are then sent to a community where World Vision works and a child from that community will make their choice. Once the choice is made, you will receive a photo of the child and a letter from the child explaining why you were chosen.

Finally, as with all our sponsorship relationships, your sponsored child and you can build a friendship through letters or e-letters.

Chosen is not a "different" child sponsorship product or model - it is a new invitation to sponsorship. The only thing changing is the way sponsor-and-child relationship begins.

In the traditional sponsorship invitation, sponsors are asked to choose a child to sponsor. In the new Chosen invitation, sponsors send their photo to a community where children choose them to be their sponsors. It is a new invitation that is powerful as it flips the choosing dynamic on its head and gives children more ownership in the choice of who their sponsor will be. However, World Vision's effective community-empowering sponsorship development model remains unchanged. 

Chosen invites you to put the power of choice ​​​​​​in the hands of the child, there flipping the traditional selection dynamics. It sets the tone from the start and is a tangible manifestation that children can (and should) have choices in life. It emphasises that they have the power to choose what their life can become. Additionally, it gives children a greater contribution in the process as they get to have more ownership in the decision-making process. 

It is a simple switch in thinking that recognises the dignity, value and honour of everyone involved - acknowledging that children living in extreme poverty have the power to change their own lives...and your lives too.

One critical component of child empowerment is giving children space to develop their own opinions and act on their thoughts and preferences. Through Chosen, children have the opportunity to select their own sponsor, instead of being informed of who has selected them.

This is only one of the many things that World Vision is doing to empower children as part of our child-focused, community-empowering approach. ​​​​​

A Choosing Party is the photos that you, and other sponsors, have submitted are displayed. It is at the Choosing Party where the children will make their choice from the selection of photos. 
After they have selected a sponsor, the children will then write a letter to you to explain why they picked you from the other photos.