Child Sponsorship FAQs

Through Child Sponsorship, World Vision transforms the lives of your Sponsor Child’s whole community; enabling your child, their family, and their wider community to have access to better healthcare, education, water and economic opportunities.

To change a child’s life, you have to change the world in which they live. Your money does not go directly to your sponsor child, or their family, but enables World Vision to work with their entire community to have an even bigger impact and make long-term sustainable change for everyone. As a member of this community, your Sponsor Child receives the benefits of this incredible change and their own lives are transformed. It’s a pretty incredible change to be a part of!
Yes, for the first time child are now able to choose their sponsor. From December 2nd, 2019 you can sign up to be Chosen. Whether you are chosen, or choose a child, your sponsorship will make a life-changing difference.

Learn more about Chosen.
Chosen is a new invitation to child sponsorship where a child chooses his/her sponsor.
The sponsor can go online and submit a photo OR sign up at an event and have their picture taken. Their name and picture are then sent to a community where World Vision works, and a child from that community will choose them as their sponsor.
The sponsor will receive a photo of the child holding their photo, and a letter from the child explaining why they chose them. Then, like in all child sponsorship relationships, the sponsor and child can start a friendship, getting to know each other through emails or letters. And as that child’s sponsor, they’ll help the child’s entire community and other vulnerable children build real, lasting change.
Chosen is a new invitation to enter a child sponsorship relationship, and it works the same as traditional sponsorship.

Our effective, community-empowering sponsorship development model remains the same. The only difference is the way in which the sponsor-and-child relationship can begin. 

In the traditional 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. This new invitation is so powerful because it flips the choosing dynamic on its head and gives children the power to choose who their sponsor will be. This simple switch recognises children in extreme poverty have the power to change their own lives… and our lives, too. As with all sponsorship with World Vision, a sponsor contributes to help empower children and their communities to overcome poverty.