Esther (8), Rwanda
No girl should have to live in fear. But so many do. For a girl growing up in extreme poverty, every day holds dangers – just because she’s a girl. Around the world, girls are saying enough is enough. They want to know their rights, to stand up, to have choices and to get an education.
Right now, you can give a girl the tools to write her own future. Join the movement to sponsor 1,000 Girls by Children’s Day, the 20th of November. You can help a girl to break free from poverty. You’ll support her education. You’ll help her family to provide for her. You’ll give her a chance to become all she was created to be.
You can help a girl to stand up, to have choices. To get an education. To play. To thrive. You can help a girl to break free from poverty, for good.
By sponsoring a girl you'll protect her from exploitation. Girls who are sponsored are more likely to go to school and receive regular health care check-ups; they are regularly monitored which keeps them safer.
Your donation of $50 a month will provide essentials like clean water, nutritious food, education, protection, healthcare and improve families incomes.
Millions of girls have their rights taken away, are kept out of school, and forced to marry too young just because they are girls. But you can help a girl today. You can help set her free of fear. Free to learn, grow and to be the fearless girl she was born to be.
Janet (16), Uganda
Janet was just 15 years old when her greatest fear almost became a reality. Her father had arranged for her to be married.
In Uganda, 34% of girls just like Janet are married before their 18th birthday. Janet is one of the lucky ones. She knew her rights.
Thanks to the support of Child Sponsorship enabling child protection work in her community, Janet was spared this abusive fate and is now free to be a child. Janet had learned about her rights. She went to her teacher and community leaders, who helped stop the marriage. Janet is now safe to dream of her bright future.
By sponsoring a girl like Janet, you’ll protect her from exploitation. You’ll help break the cycle of poverty, provide support for her education and give her a chance to reach her dreams.
Jubaida (5), Bangladesh
Hena Girl Power Group, India
Child marriage has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. But child sponsors are helping Girl Power Groups in rural India to fight back. Meet the Hena Girl Power Group – 45 young women working to keep girls safe. Since the start of the pandemic, they’ve saved eight girls from early marriage. “I want to help people who are in trouble," says 18-year-old Mousumi (centre), the group's president. "For my village, my dream is that child marriage, child labour and trafficking will stop.” The Hena Girls are part of our network of 291 Girl Power Groups in West Bengal alone. Mousumi's sponsor gave her the tools to write her own future. But thousands of girls still desperately need your help. Please, sponsor a girl today.
Akhi (17), Bangladesh
When Akhi’s dad had an accident and couldn’t work, Akhi had to leave school and go to work in a shrimp-processing factory. The work was hard and dangerous and she missed three years of school. But, thanks to the generous support of people like you, 17-year-old Akhi was rescued. This support changed her life. She got away from the factory and received a sewing machine and training to start her own business. When COVID-19 hit, Akhi started sewing masks. “I decided to make masks and sell them for a low price, so everyone could afford them. If people have no money, I give them masks for free,” she says. Akhi even won an award from the UN for keeping people safe from COVID-19.
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If I sponsor a child where does my money go?
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.
How long will I sponsor my child?
In most cases, it will be throughout their childhood and into their teens. Most children will be in the sponsorship programme until their community has begun to reach most of its goals, and become self-sustainable. As a project comes to a close we will let you know of the achievements in the community so you can celebrate with us.
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