Sponsor a child today

The world's most vulnerable children need us now more than ever. Help a child break free from poverty today.

Ireen (8), Malawi

When you sponsor a child, you change their life, for good.

Child Sponsorship empowers children, their families and their communities to help break the cycle of poverty. Your donation of $50 a month will help bring essentials like clean water, nutrition, education, healthcare and hope to a vulnerable child. It will help strengthen their entire community, caring for every child along the way and enabling the community to become resilient and self-sufficient.

Whose life will you change today?

Child Sponsorship transforms lives.

Child sponsorship helps break the cycle of poverty by transforming communities.

Our decades of experience have proven that the most effective way to help a child is to strengthen their entire community, caring for every child along the way. In fact, because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you sponsor, 4 more benefit, too! Your sponsorship will help enable a community to lead their own development and become resilient and self-sufficient.

Your sponsorship keeps children safe. Children that are sponsored are regularly monitored, which protects them from dangerous situations and exploitation like child marriage and child labour. Sponsored children also are more likely to go to school and receive regular healthcare check-ups.

How does Child Sponsorship work?


We partner with communities.
We partner, plan and work alongside children, families and local community members to help build healthy, sustainable communities. This ensures the greatest possible impact and allows all children to thrive.

You connect with a child in need.
Each child is matched with only one sponsor. You can build a relationship with your Sponsored Child and your child's community through letters, videos, prayer, updates, encouragement and more.

You'll see your gifts at work ...
Your monthly gift is combined with other donations for maximum impact. Your support funds long-term resources for your Sponsored Child's whole community, like access to clean water and quality education.

... and celebrate the progress!
Your love, prayers, letters and donations result in real, lasting change for your Sponsored Child, their family and their community. Enjoy sharing the journey and celebrating with them along the way.

Depending on the needs of your child's community, sponsorship projects focus on:


Clean Water

Reaching 1 new person every 10 seconds, World Vision is the largest non-government provider of safe water in the developing world.


Every year we provide millions of children with an education so they can reach their full potential and contribute to their communities.

Nutritious Food

Every year, we provide more than nine million people with life-saving food assistance, including five million children.

Family Income

Breaking the poverty cycle with economic empowerment, by strengthening families' capacity to provide for their children.


We ensure the most vulnerable have access to healthcare services to help children and their families live long and healthy lives.

Child Protection

We work alongside communities to protect children who are vulnerable to abuse or exploitation like child marriage, child labour and trafficking.

Emergency Relief

We respond to disasters with life-saving speed and then stay to ensure the lives of disaster-affected families and communities are rebuilt.


We relentlessly advocate for an end to violence against children and ensure the voices of the world’s most vulnerable children are heard.

Help a child break free from poverty today.

You can make a life-changing connection.

Liz Sakimura from Timaru, started her sponsorship journey in 2008 when she welcomed Norbert from Tanzania into her heart.

Since learning about poverty as a child, Liz was determined to make a difference in the world. "I think we all need to lend a hand to our neighbours in the world, as much as we can. We have so much, and we all have a little to share."

Sponsoring Norbert has inspired Liz's passion for supporting vulnerable children. "He is a wonderful young man… he has been a real inspiration".

In 2019, 45,000 children benefited from the life-changing relationship and support of New Zealand sponsor's like Liz.

Sponsor a child today, and you can make a difference for a child like Norbert.

You can give a child the power to choose you as their sponsor.

<br><br>You can give a child the power to choose you as their sponsor.

Give a child the joy of handpicking you as their sponsor. When you sign up to be Chosen, your photo is sent to a Child Sponsorship community, where children are empowered to choose their own sponsor.

As a child sponsor, you walk alongside a child and their community, empowering the world's most vulnerable through long-term development programs.

I want to be Chosen

Have questions about sponsoring a child?

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What is Child Sponsorship?
Child Sponsorship changes children's lives by transforming the community where they live. Using your donations, we identify the causes of children's poverty and vulnerability and create development projects to address them. Child sponsorship pairs one sponsor with one child and allows you to connect through letters and photos.

Why sponsor a child?
When you sponsor a child, you build a special relationship that encourages your child with hope for the future. Your donations join forces with other sponsors to lift your child, their community, and other vulnerable children out of poverty for good. Your support helps pursue the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of vulnerable children.

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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We ensure all resources entrusted to us are used effectively to bring maximum impact.



As part of an international partnership working in nearly 100 countries, World Vision New Zealand pursues the highest standards of stewardship and accountability.

In 2019, 83.3% of World Vision New Zealand's total operating expenses were used for international program support that benefited children, families and communities in need. Learn more about our impact.