Start your sponsorship journey today

Total 45 children

You'll become part of their life story

You'll become part of their life story

Your sponsored child will flourish as your donation enables a community to build a better future. Over time you will be able see how you are helping to change a child’s life, as you connect through letters, photos and regular updates from the community.

Your $50 a month changes the world for children

When you sponsor a child, you join many other Kiwis - and your sponsored child's community - in working to create lasting change. Depending on the needs of the community, sponsorship projects focus on:

Our Human Rights work empowers children and the community through

creating child protection systems, training, advocacy & starting child clubs.

Our Education and Life Skills work provides opportunities for success through

training teachers & PTA, building schools, starting reading clubs, acquiring equipment & advocacy. 

Our Health & Nutrition work prevents disease and improves clinic access through

training health workers and families, monitoring child growth, building facilitates, providing maternal care & advocacy.

Our Water, Sanitation and Hygiene work provides access to clean water and prevents disease through

building and repairing water sources & toilets, establishing water management committees & teaching safe hygiene practices

Our Economic Development work creates income generating opportunities through

training savings groups, teaching skills & improving access to markets

Our Food Security work ensures there is enough nutritious food all year round through

starting vegetable gardens, training farmers, providing seeds & tools & creating and training farmer groups.

Where your money goes

For 45 years we have worked hard to ensure your donation has the biggest impact in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Last year 80.8 per cent of donated dollars went to our work overseas, bringing real and lasting change to millions of people in need. The remaining 19.2 per cent enabled us to advocate for greater change and to leverage your donations, turning your $1 into far more in the field.

Child Sponsorship changes lives

FAQs: Child Sponsorship

  • If I sponsor a child where does my money go?

    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!

  • What if I can't afford $50 per month?

    Thank you for considering sponsoring a child. We recommend you visit our Ways to Give page to learn about the other ways you can support our work. 

  • Can I connect with my child using social media sites like Facebook?

    No, we ask you not to connect with your sponsored child via social media sites – this is for the safety and security of both you and your sponsored child. Technology is increasingly available in the communities we work with, particularly those in urban areas, meaning children have access to the internet and sponsors may be contacted via Facebook, Skype or Twitter. 

    We want you to have the opportunity to develop a meaningful relationship with your sponsored child in a way that is safe, secure and fulfilling for both of you. However, communicating through social networking sites such as Facebook can pose a number of problems:

    • Firstly, it may pose a risk to a child's safety. In developing countries, just like in New Zealand, unmonitored contact between an adult and a child online can be a serious issue. 
    • Secondly, it could put you and your sponsored child in a difficult position. Some people may put pressure on your sponsored child to ask for gifts, money, or other favours from you. It is also possible that others may access your sponsored child's account, or your details may be shared with others.
    • Thirdly, even with good intentions, language and cultural differences can lead to inappropriate communication, especially through such an immediate and informal form of communication.
    For these reasons, if you are contacted through a social networking site such as Facebook, please do not respond. Contact us on 0800 800 776 and we can follow up with the sponsored child and community and ensure that they are also aware of the risks involved in communicating in this way, and the reasons for using communication channels such as letters and emails that are facilitated by World Vision.

    View our child protection policies:
    Child Protection Policy
    Online Child Safety Standards

  • How many children do New Zealanders currently sponsor?

    As of September 2016, New Zealanders are sponsoring 54,869 children through World Vision projects.

  • Can I send a gift to my sponsored child?

    Many sponsors like to send a gift to their sponsored child. However, on advice from our staff, the best gift you can give your sponsored child is your friendship. Sponsored children love receiving letters from their sponsors and learning more about our life here in New Zealand, but large, bulky gifts can attract unwanted attention and cause jealousy within the community.

    If you would like to send a small gift with your letter, such as stickers, balloons, postcards, pencils or other small items that can fit in a standard envelope, that is fine, however anything larger is not appropriate.

  • How long will I sponsor my child?

    In some cases it will be throughout their childhood and into their teens. Many children remain in the sponsorship programme for the duration of World Vision's work in their community. In this way you could follow their journey into young adulthood.

    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, and we’ll offer you another child to sponsor so the development process can begin again in another community.

    In some cases children leave the sponsorship programme unexpectedly. For example, the child's family may move away from the area World Vision is working in. If this happens with your sponsored child, we will let you know as soon as possible and offer you sponsorship of another child.

  • Can I tell others about my sponsored child?

    We'd love for you to tell everyone you know about your sponsored child, and their progress. You can share your child's video and tell all your friends about your decision to sponsor. However, there are a few things you need to know to ensure your sponsored child and their families are kept safe. 

    Please do not share anything that can identify your sponsored child – this includes their last name, village name, sponsorship ID or school name – and please do not try to get in touch via social media or any online channels other than your My World Vision profile. As a sponsor you're making a huge difference to the life of your child, and their community so, please join us in protecting your child and keeping their identity safe.

  • Can I visit my sponsored child?

    Yes, visiting your sponsored child offers a unique opportunity to see first-hand the difference your sponsorship has made. If you are planning to visit your child, please contact World Vision New Zealand at least three months before you plan to leave so we can make arrangements with World Vision in the country you will be visiting. 

    Because we work with children, it is our policy that all visitors to World Vision programmes must undergo a Police Check before the visit can take place. If you are considering a visit to your sponsored child please contact Customer Services Team on 0800 800 776.

  • What do I receive as a child sponsor?

    You get to be a part of your sponsored child’s life and to witness their community’s transformation. You’ll receive regular news about progress and achievements in your child’s community, annual updates and photos of your child and you’ll be able to respond with letters and emails. Some sponsors even go on to visit their child. As a sponsor you can set up your own, personalised ‘My World Vision’ online profile where you can stay up-to-date with the change you’re making possible.

  • Can I write to my sponsored child?

    Definitely, we encourage you to write to your sponsored child and tell them about your life in New Zealand. Sponsored children love the opportunity to learn about New Zealand and in turn you will receive a letter from your sponsored child or, if they are too young, written on behalf of them by their parents or a local World Vision staff member.

    If you’re not sure what to write, why not tell them about your life in New Zealand, your family and what you like to do for fun. Remember to keep your letters short and simple as in many of the countries where we work English is not the first language of the World Vision staff translators.

    Please include your sponsored child's ID and name on your letter and on the back of the envelope. Do not write your address on the letter as it could fall into the wrong hands. Address the envelope to the World Vision address shown on your sponsored child's information sheet. There is more information on letter writing in your My World Vision profile. 

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Thank you for your generous support!

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