How will my sponsorship donation be used? We strive to create lasting change for your sponsored child and their community through programs that focus on early childhood development, health and nutrition, as well as primary education. Our experience has taught us that the most effective way to help children is by combining your sponsorship with those of other sponsors and donors - rather than just giving it directly to your sponsored child. This ensures that children in sponsorship communities, who may never have the opportunity to have a sponsor of their own, will still benefit from your support and our programs.
Will I sponsor an actual child?
Yes. You have the opportunity to choose and sponsor a specific child (by region, country, gender and/or age) and to communicate with them if you choose. This allows you to connect with your sponsored child and to establish a friendship that will carry a special meaning for you both.
Sponsorship is a special kind of giving that creates a relationship between you and the community in which Save the Children is helping to create real and lasting change. It provides more than the satisfaction that comes with aid for improving the health and well-being of children; money is not given directly to the child but rather all funds received are pooled together to benefit the whole community.
Individual Child Sponsorship (ICS) - where there is a one to one relationship between child and sponsor. The sponsor is able to communicate with the child via email or social media. The sponsor can also visit the child and the school community.
Life Line Sponsorship (LL) where there are many sponsors to one child. The child acts as a representative for the school community, and as such there is no one to one association and there is no communication with the sponsors.