Sponsoring a child is one of the best and easiest ways to make a real difference to children living in poverty. If you have any problems signing up online, please contact us on 1800 023 600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your support will help to change the future not only of your sponsored child, but also their family and local community. It only takes $45 a month and 2 minutes of your time to help change a life by providing:
- Clean water
Over time, you will be able to build a long-lasting relationship with your sponsored child by exchanging pictures and letters – and gain a deep understanding of how your support is making a difference.
Become a child sponsor today and join thousands of other Australians who care.
“It has just been the most incredible day, to meet this child who we have only seen in pictures, to interact with Hamad, to see the area where he lives and meet his family." ChildFund Ambassador, Julie Goodwin
Katherine grew up as one of 10 children in a two-room house in Uganda. During her childhood, Katherine’s father was unable to find work, and the family relied on the small income generated by her mother’s second-hand clothing business. Being linked with a sponsor in Australia – “Auntie Janet” – turned Katherine’s life around.
“As a sponsored child, I had access to medical facilities. I also benefited from the fact that I no longer had to miss school because of unpaid fees. ”
Today, Katherine is the deputy news manager at KFM, a radio station in Uganda. She also works as a media and PR consultant part-time and is pursuing a degree in microfinance and economic development. “I love my job. I always wanted to help people who cannot speak out, have their voices heard. And there was no more perfect way than through the media.”
Katherine remembers her sponsor’s generosity and has found time to support ChildFund in her own way. As the Organising Secretary of Uganda’s ChildFund Alumni group, she coordinates communications, organises meetings and other events, and solicits funds for the association’s activities.
Demissie is a 27-year-old English degree graduate working with ChildFund Ethiopia, as a sponsorship community development worker. He is also a third-year degree program student in business administration, and hopes to establish his own business after graduation.
“I truly don’t know what my life would have been if it was not for ChildFund and my sponsor. I am who I am today because of ChildFund’s care, protection and provision. ”
Demissie’s life and that of his family changed drastically when his father passed away.
“My father was the only breadwinner and it was a hard time for my mother, as she had no income to support six children. Shortly after, ChildFund came to our rescue, as they educated me, provided clean water and other health improvements and, most important, assisted my mother and her ability to feed us.”
“I would like my sponsor to know that I am now an employee supporting myself and my family, and her dream for me is fulfilled.”
ChildFund Australia and ChildFund Alliance development programs respond to the needs of children and their communities. The sponsorship program enables local agencies and community groups to identify the children and families most in need of assistance. ChildFund national offices, staffed with highly qualified local people, regularly evaluate the programs, double check family circumstances and offer guidance and training to local volunteers in the communities. The emphasis is on providing self-help and opportunities to communities, while also nurturing the health and nutrition of children, as well as improving the skills that will equip them for happy and productive adult lives.
As the future of children is ultimately linked to the situation in their community, ChildFund Australia sponsorship contributions ($45 monthly) are pooled with funds from other sponsors to help meet the individual and group needs of all children in the program and to benefit the entire community. Children awaiting sponsorship are also recipients of the care ChildFund provides. We operate in this way to help as many children and their families as possible but it also means that if a sponsor cancels or can’t make a payment, individual children are not affected.
Sponsorship contributions help provide food, healthcare, safe drinking water, education and income generation skills for the child, family and community.
Active community participation and empowerment is encouraged within ChildFund project areas. Although children are at the centre of the locally developed initiatives, the emphasis is on encouraging self-help by providing families and communities with the means to reshape their future.
Most children will be sponsored until they are 18 years old, unless they are still completing education or are actively engaged in ChildFund program activities. Many youth will be involved in skills training, mentoring and helping with the younger sponsored children. In this case, their sponsorship will remain active until they are 24 years old. Children may also leave the sponsorship program earlier for other reasons, for example if their family moves to improve their economic situation, or if the family’s situation improves so significantly they no longer require support.
Your sponsored child’s community may also progress to a point where they become self-supporting and no longer require help from ChildFund Australia. This is the ultimate goal for ChildFund and demonstrates that your sponsorship has truly helped to benefit your sponsored child and their entire community.
If there is a change to your sponsored child or their community’s circumstances, we will notify you as soon as possible and hope that you will continue the sponsorship with another needy child. We also understand financial circumstances change for sponsors as well, so we ask sponsors to contact us immediately if they are struggling to meet their monthly sponsorship payments.
ChildFund Australia is a member of ChildFund Alliance - a global network of 12 organisations which assists more than 15 million children in 58 countries. Due to the large number of developing countries in need of assistance, each member of the ChildFund network carries out fundraising activities for a different set of countries, so that globally we can support as many children in as many regions as possible. As such, Australians can only sponsor children in those countries listed on our website. In addition there are some countries where, due to an instable political environment or recent natural disasters, ChildFund is not able to implement a child sponsorship scheme. Instead, we offer assistance through other methods, such as child centered spaces in displaced persons camps, livelihood and micro-finance initiatives, or emergency aid and assistance.
When you become a ChildFund supporter you will receive a sponsorship welcome pack containing:
- A photo and profile of your sponsored child
- An outline of your child’s community and the programs being funded through sponsorship
- A ChildFund sponsorship handbook
- Childworld: ChildFund Australia’s newsletter
It is not possible to meet the needs of a sponsored child and their community without sponsoring on a regular basis. Most sponsors pay on a monthly basis. If you prefer to pay annually or quarterly, please contact Supporter Relations on 1800 023 600.
Yes, many ChildFund Australia sponsors are community groups, businesses, organisations and schools. However, we recommend that your group chooses a contact person to write to your sponsored child as this will prevent any confusion.
Child sponsorship costs $45 a month. That's little more than $1.45 a day to build a real future for a child. There are several payment methods you can use. If you are able to pay by credit card, this would be greatly appreciated as it reduces ChildFund's administration costs.
- Credit card payments can be made online using the form above
- To pay by monthly direct debit from your bank, please call Supporter Relations on 1800 023 600 with your account details to hand.
All sponsorship donations over $2 are tax-deductible and GST-free. You will receive an annual contribution summary each July for taxation purposes. Gifts - for birthdays and Christmas - are not tax-deductible.
Throughout the year, you should receive at least 2 letters from your sponsored child, or someone on their behalf if they are unable to write, as well as an annual child progress report with an update on your sponsored child and the ChildFund program's activities. This will provide you with detailed information about your sponsored child's development, living circumstances and educational progress. Additional correspondence between you and your sponsored child will also give you an idea of your sponsored child's hobbies, interests, schoolwork and dreams for the future.
If you would like additional information about your sponsored child, please write to the relevant national office and they will answer your questions in as much detail as possible. Contact details for the national office are included on the back page of your child profile. For more specific information about ChildFund programs in your child's community, please refer to the information inside your child profile.
Absolutely, writing letters not only strengthens your relationship with your sponsored child and their family, but also keeps you in closer touch with their progress. Writing to your sponsored child will also help to encourage letters from your sponsored child. ChildFund will send you an introductory postcard and a fun letter-writing kit to help get you started!
Please allow 16-20 weeks, occasionally longer, for a complete exchange of letters. This allows for translation and transportation to and from the project, which may be in an extremely remote area. In the areas where ChildFund operates sponsorship programs, there is often no postal or telephone service, and we rely on community volunteers to collect the letters and deliver them on foot to each child. Please be patient, your child may never have written or received a letter before. A family member or community volunteer may also write on the child’s behalf. Please note that ChildFund Australia does not allow contact between sponsors and their sponsored child (or family members) through social networking sites.
Many sponsors describe visiting their sponsored child and their community as one of the most enriching and memorable experiences of their life. It also provides you with the unique opportunity to see first-hand the enormous difference that your sponsorship contributions are making in your sponsored child’s community. ChildFund Australia can arrange for you to meet your sponsored child and family in their village. Please call Supporter Relations on 1800 023 600 at least three months ahead of your planned departure date so arrangements can be made and a police check conducted. A National Office representative will accompany you during your visit. You will be required to cover expenses incurred by yourself, your sponsored child and the national office representative as part of the visit.
Social messaging sites are not always safe environments in which to communicate. For children in particular, the dangers are heightened, as ChildFund is unable to monitor online communications. Social media can leave children vulnerable to the following scenarios:
- Contact from an individual who claims to be the child’s sponsor, but who is unknown to the organisation and with whom the child has no relationship.
- Communications, content and images which are inappropriate for a child to read or view, and which may also offend their cultural, religious or ethnic sensibilities. Ultimately, there are few parents who would allow their own child to have online communication with an adult whose identity they are unable to verify. Ensuring the safety and protection of all children living in the communities where we work is of paramount importance to ChildFund, and unfortunately social media sites pose too many risks to children, which we feel negate the benefit of using them for child-sponsor communications.
Risk for sponsors:
Using social networking sites can also leave our supporters vulnerable to criminal or unlawful activities by people acting under an alias. For example, an individual who knows your sponsored child may create a false name using that child’s identity, and attempt to defraud or threaten you as the sponsor of that child.
How to contact your child
To ensure the continued safety of communications between sponsored children and ChildFund supporters, we ask everyone to ensure that their correspondence is sent via the relevant ChildFund national office without exception. This ensures that ChildFund can monitor any communications to ensure that both the sponsor and sponsored child are protected from inappropriate content, abuse and any fraudulent activities.
ChildFund Australia policy
As an organisation, it is impossible for us to guarantee the safety of both parties on social networking sites. As such, ChildFund will take any unauthorised contact very seriously. Where a sponsor initiates any contact with their sponsored child within an online environment, they will be asked to cease this form of communication, and reminded that correspondence must go via our national offices. In cases where the unauthorised communication continues, ChildFund may have to resort to cancelling the sponsorship. In instances where a child or their family initiates contact, we will also remind them of correct communication arrangements, and potentially remove the child/family from enrolment if they ignore this request. We hope that you understand our concerns, and support our efforts to keep communications for both parties safe, secure and unexposed to the dangers of outside interference by unknown persons. We are sure you will understand that ChildFund has to act on any matters that might put either sponsors or sponsored children in danger.