sponsor a child

Sponsor a Child in Africa: Empower Them to Overcome Poverty

You can give a child in need vital stability and security.

sponsor a child in africa

Choosing to sponsor a child in Africa can change their life for good

For just 92p a day, you can be the tangible difference in one child’s life. Sponsor a child in Africa with Compassion and you’ll ensure they have access to school, nutritious food, medical check-ups and emotional support.

You’ll give a child in need vital stability and security.

Sponsor an African child today

5 tough issues facing African children

While there are regions of extreme wealth in parts of this diverse continent, many African children face the daily injustice of hunger and fear.

That’s why Compassion partners with local churches in eight African nations where children face the challenges of poverty to run our world-class child sponsorship programme. With your help, together we bring relief to the critical issues faced by many African children. Our programme empowers children to overcome extreme poverty in an ethical and effective way.

1. Education in Africa

12-year-old Monthe grew up amidst chaos. Her alcoholic father was unable to hold down a job. He wasted away the little money her mother managed to earn. Night after night, Monthe and her sisters went to bed hungry.

"My prayer was for Monthe to be registered in [Compassion’s child sponsorship programme] so she could start attending school," says Ruth, Monthe's elderly grandma. "I wanted her to have a decent chance at succeeding in life."

African kids

Thanks to one sponsor stepping out and taking action, Monthe was able to go to school for the first time. Monthe’s sponsor ensured she had the school fees, school uniform and nutritious meals she so desperately needed.

I’d never worn shoes before in my life. I was very excited when I wore my new shoes and the school uniform.

Education facts to help you understand why sponsoring a child with Compassion is so important

Independent research conducted by Dr Bruce Wydick found that Compassion-sponsored children in Uganda completed an average of 2.47 years more years of schooling than their non-sponsored peers. What’s more, they were 10 percent more likely to complete primary school.

education in africa

Sadly not all children are given this opportunity. Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa (African countries south of the Sahara) has the highest rates of education exclusion. This just isn’t right. Every child deserves the chance to learn to read and write.

  • One-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school.
  • 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school.
  • Girls’ education is a major priority. Across the region, 9 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school at all, compared to 6 million boys.

Compassion’s child sponsorship programme is a highly strategic way of fighting child poverty and giving children the education they deserve. By sponsoring an African child today, you can give the next child the opportunity to sit at a desk and learn.

2. Sponsor a child in Africa and give them access to healthcare

Have you ever been confronted with a distressing image of a starving African child on your TV or on the tube and not known how to respond?

At Compassion, we’re committed to protecting children’s dignity so we deliberately don’t use images of starving children in Africa. And yet we do still want to be honest about the challenges children in some African countries face.

Africa charity

4-year-old Beatrice from Togo collapsed after suffering from malnutrition. “If the project was not there for me, Beatrice would have died,” shares Beatrice’s grandmother. Thanks to Compassion’s partnership with the local church, she was given urgent medical care and now receives weekly food support.

Beatrice is not alone. The African regional office of the World Health Organisation has issued a report asking for urgent action to tackle malnutrition and healthcare challenges in Africa.

“Undernutrition is leading to catastrophic costs to individuals, communities, and to national healthcare systems in Africa,” explains Collins Boakye-Agyemang, WHO.

We're passionate about wanting to provide healthcare and support to babies and children in the greatest need. We know that our child sponsorship programme in Africa helps children in extreme poverty out of unimaginable daily challenges. Sponsorship gives them nutritious meals, health checks and education, providing safety and stability in their lives.

3. Orphaned children in Africa: Burdened before their years

“I sometimes look at others I grew up around and I try to imagine how my life would look if I hadn’t come to the [Compassion] project. Most of them are living in addiction and terrible conditions. I often think to myself, if I hadn’t come to the project, I’d be living that lifestyle.”

At age 3 Sameson was given up by his mother. He barely knew his father. Left with his aunt, he laboured endlessly and alone in terrible conditions with little water.

“I was always sad when I was younger. I would just sit there crying, watching the cattle. I would sometimes hear other children talk about the love of their mothers and fathers and I would get very depressed. That is something not easily forgotten.”

“When I first came to Compassion, it was on a Saturday. I saw many children my age there. They were all playing. It was as if I had gone from one world to another. I was able to take a two-year training course, as a result of Compassion’s efforts. They paid for the schooling and arranged for me to take classes.”

Empowering the most vulnerable African kids

In global development communities, an orphan is defined as a child under 18 who has lost one or both parents to any cause of death. By this definition there are a staggering 52 million orphans in Africa.

On our website you can find details of children who have lost a parent and are waiting for a child sponsor. Start your sponsorship journey today by viewing their details.

“Because of the certainty of our calling to end poverty, we persevere in the individual journey of each child in our programmes. Thank you for the part you are playing.” - Sidney Muisyo, Compassion Vice President of the Africa Region

3. Child labour: why sponsor a child in Africa like Ebenezer

Child trafficking is a very real threat to children in some African countries.

Ebenezer Agoa was just six years old when he was sent to work on Ghana's Lake Volta, a notorious hotbed of child slavery. Battling to take care of nine children, his grandma had been attracted by the traffickers’ promises to send Ebenezer to school and pay for his medical fees.

But the promises were lies.

child slavery survivor

For three years, Ebenezer worked the lake. He cast the nets and heaved them in until his shoulders burned and his hands cracked and bled. It took the courage of Henry Amanor, a Compassion project director, to step in and help free Ebenezer.

Through Compassion’s programme, Ebenezer’s sponsorship gave him a future. He was given the education, nutrition and support he needed to become a mechanical engineer.

Child labour in Africa

  • This morning 72.1 million African children will wake up and go to work.
  • One-fifth of all African children are involved in child labour, a proportion more than twice as high as in any other region.
  • Nine percent of African children are in hazardous work, again highest of all the world’s regions.

Like you, we want to protect African kids like Ebenezer and send them to school rather than the workplace.

 5. Facts about Africa: HIV-AIDS in Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for nearly 90 percent of new HIV infections among children under 5. We’re determined to be a helping hand for African kids who face the double-edged battle against both HIV and poverty.

safe child africa

At 18 months old, Precious was suffering from HIV, TB and malnutrition.

“When we first registered Precious, we were worried she wouldn’t survive for two months,” explains Compassion Project Director Allen. But Precious has surpassed expectations. She’s now a lively two-year-old who loves dancing with her friends.

Conard, Precious’ uncle, rejoices that the project provides a safety net of provision for his family.

Sponsor a child in Africa & transform their life

Note: Seeing Africa’s diversity

As a charity working in Africa, we’re committed to seeing and understanding Africa as a vast and diverse continent of one billion people spread over fifty six separate nations. Compassion works in eight African countries each with its own culture, climate and cuisine. In each of the African nations where you can sponsor an African child with Compassion, we only employ native staff who have a clear understanding of the unique culture they’re working within.

We’ve put together these two handy guides to help promote an understanding of Africa as a continent:

Sources: UNESCO: Education in Africa, International Labour Organisation: Child Labour in Africa

WORDS : Becca Stanley

PHOTOS : Compassion International



Talent and Tenacity: How One Young Woman in Togo is Achieving Her Dreams

Meet Winner from Togo. She’s breaking boundaries in her community by studying engineering. She’s one of only two women in her class. Read her story and you’ll find out why we’re praising God for her on International Women in Engineering Day and every day.


One Rwandan Teen’s Story: From Extreme Poverty to Award Winning Inventor

Yvette is making headlines after designing a digital cane for the blind.


Compassion UK and Premier announce new partnership

Compassion UK have partnered with Premier, the Christian media group.


Water Interventions: How Can Clean Water Make a Difference?

Meet two girls who have benefited from the gift of clean water, thanks to Compassion’s Water Interventions.


A Colombian Grandmother’s Hopeful Letter to Her Baby Grandson

In the midst of loss, a Grandmother in Colombia writes a letter of hope and God’s love to her baby Grandson.


From Child Thief to College Graduate

“If I was not sponsored with Compassion, I would be dead right now,” says Jey Mbiro from Kenya.


We Stopped Sharing Sponsored Children’s Full Names. Here’s Why.

An update about how we’re protecting your sponsored child.


Why Now is the Time to Sponsor a Child

Could you sponsor a child today, and help them through this crisis and beyond?


Sponsor A Girl Today

Together, we can directly empower girls to overcome extreme poverty.


The Good Samaritan: How to Love Your Neighbour in a Hurting World

An inspiring reflection on how to love your neighbour as yourself.



25 Different Types of Houses From Around the World

Join us on an exciting tour of homes from around the world.

, ,


In Photos: Why Children are the Hidden Victims of this Pandemic

Meet eight-year-old Shaniz as she shares about living through COVID-19 in Mathare slum, Kenya.