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See how child sponsorship can change one life

See how child sponsorship can change one life

As a child, poverty began to speak to me, I felt I was nothing, that I didn't matter ... nobody cared to know my name" I got the news that a young lady, Heather, she was just 15 years old, a teenager, she had decided to sponsor me. I cannot find the words to describe the joy that filled our home. 'Richmond you've got a sponsor, you can now go to school.'

Why child sponsorship means more now than ever before

For just £28 a month you'll sponsor a child directly. Your child sponsorship will ...

Provide school resources and uniforms, medical check-ups, nutritious food and clean water, and vocational training for your sponsored child.

Connect your sponsored child and their family to the support of a local church.

Bring real and lasting change to your sponsored child through the longstanding project-based Compassion programme.

Why choose Compassion UK for sponsoring a child?

Compassion child sponsorship works

The longstanding project-based, child development programme you’ll give your sponsored child access to in the future is highly effective.

Dr Bruce Wydick, Journal of Political Economy

Independent research icon_additional_blue into the project-based programme shows Compassion-sponsored children stay in school longer and are more likely to grow up to be employed and become leaders in their churches and communities.

14-18% more likely to have salaried employment as adults.

30-75% more likely to become leaders in their communities.

27-40% more likely to finish their secondary education.

Excellent stewardship

Compassion is committed to excellent stewardship and is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We conduct regular internal and external audits in our field offices and in the UK.

81p directly benefitting children in poverty
7p support costs

In the financial year 19/20, for every pound given in child sponsorship donations:

88p spent on charitable activities

12p spent on fundraising and finding the next sponsor

69 years’ experience advocating for children

Compassion has been trusted charity since 1952.

Direct one-to-one child sponsorship

The child you choose to sponsor today will directly receive the benefit of your sponsorship support.


We run our child sponsorship programme exclusively in partnership with local churches who fully understand their local communities.

What will your sponsorship donations actually change?

During the COVID-19 crisis your sponsorship will:

  • Provide urgent necessities to your sponsored child and their wider family. These include food, clean water, shelter, clothing, household items, and even medical care and trauma counselling.
  • Be a crucial safety net. If your sponsored child or their family need extra help during this crisis, local church-based staff will work to provide support.

Once COVID-19 restrictions lift in their local context, your sponsored child will benefit from the longstanding project-based Compassion programme.

Once our project-based programme can resume, you'll provide your sponsored child with:

  • School resources and uniforms to help defeat illiteracy and provide critical skills​.
  • Medical check-ups to fight back against disease and keep children healthy​.
  • Nutritional meals to prevent malnutrition​.
  • Christ-centred guidance through the local church to overcome fear and hopelessness​.
  • Vocational training to equip them for the future​.
  • Recreational activities to protect from crime, violence and danger​.
  • A one-to-one relationship with you their only sponsor, with letters translated into their native language to bring real hope and positive change.

How child sponsorship works

Our church partners reach the children in the greatest need.

Staff who know their communities inside out identify the children most in need of your sponsorship support. Children are given help regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs.

We start searching for a sponsor, like you.

Once registered in the Compassion Programme, we look for one sponsor to support each child.

One Compassion sponsor starts to empower one child.

When you start sponsoring, you sponsor a child directly! Your donations will immediately begin to support your sponsored child.

By sponsoring a child, the cycle of poverty is broken!

Compassion-sponsored children are empowered to live free from poverty and bring change to their families and communities.

Sponsors exchange letters with their child.

As sponsor you'll exchange messages with your sponsored child, getting an insight into their world and the difference you're making. Your correspondence is likely to be delayed due to COVID-19, but you can still write during this season.

What can you expect when you sponsor a child?

How child sponsorship work

We'll provide you with everything you need to build a unique relationship with your sponsored child:

Personal myCompassion area to connect with your sponsored child

Within 48 hours of sponsoring, you'll have access to myCompassion where you'll be able to write your first letter as well as viewing your sponsored child's information and photo.

Beautiful welcome pack with framed photo

When you sponsor a child today, in the next 7-10 working days, you'll receive your Welcome Pack with a framed photo of your sponsored child.

Encouraging letters and drawings from your child

Receiving personal letters and drawings from your sponsored child will give you a unique insight into their culture and community. As you write back, you'll speak encouragement into your sponsored child's life.

Project updates from your child’s community

Once a year you'll receive a message from the pastor or director of the Compassion project your sponsored child attends every week. You'll learn more about the life-changing support your sponsorship is providing.

New photos of your sponsored child

Photo updates of your sponsored child will show you how they're growing and thriving. You'll also receive news about what they're learning at their project.

The opportunity to visit and meet your sponsored child

When COVID-19 restrictions allow, Compassion offers you the chance to visit your sponsored child either on a group trip or individual visit. Make treasured memories and be encouraged about the difference you're making.

Child sponsorship and me

More than 86,000 people sponsor a child through Compassion UK. Once you choose to sponsor, you too can begin to share in the joy of bringing hope to a child in need. You can join the thousands who've chosen to take a stand against child poverty.

Compassion child sponsorship is a beautiful way of connecting us to our global neighbour and reminding us that loving the poor is at the core of the gospel.

Andy Hawthorne, Founder and CEO of The Message Trust

We started sponsoring Louis five years ago. Thanks to sponsorship with Compassion, he’s being kept healthy, receiving an education and enjoying just being a child. Louis is a big part of our family. We write letters, share pictures and get regular news about how he’s growing and developing. My children see that we as a family can make a difference.

Kate, Kent

We had the opportunity when we went out to the Dominican Republic to go to our sponsored child’s Compassion project. I remember asking the project administrator, can I see Darwin’s sponsorship file. He pulled it down from the rack and there it was – two pencils, so much, half a pound of rice, so much, two pairs of socks, so much.

David Woods, Surrey

We would encourage anybody to sponsor, it’s so easy to spend £28 on coffees, magazines and treats without really thinking about it. But for the same cost each month you could change a child’s life and make a real difference, not only to them but their whole family.

 Paul and Linda Coleman, Norwich

My husband and I sponsor two children with Compassion. Compassion is a tremendous organisation providing direct, vital services to children and their families. The impact trickles down to the communities they live in as well. I’d encourage others to sponsor a child – it’s an opportunity to give what you can and connect with someone in a special way.

 Charlotte Maslin-Knight, Model and Compassion UK Ambassador

How to sponsor a child

Begin your child sponsorship journey today by finding a child on our website who is waiting for a sponsor. At the moment, we have the greatest number of children waiting for a sponsor in Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti, Tanzania and Kenya.

You may also be interested in following guides:

Your FAQs

Some of the questions you may have about sponsorship.

Sponsored children can move from one Compassion project to another for a number of reasons. Families in poverty are often extremely mobile and a child may move to a new area because a parent is looking for work. Alternatively, sometimes Compassion will need to end a partnership with a church for integrity reasons or because a church no longer needs our help in ministering to children.

When a partnership with a local church ends, Compassion’s field office tries to ensure that as many children as possible are transferred to another project nearby. As Noel Pabiona, country director for the Philippines explains, every effort is made to give each child “a new Compassion home”.

This was the case for the children who were attending Charis Child Development Centre in the Philippines. After nine years of ministering to children, the partnership sadly had to come to an end. This left more than 100 children who were transferred to the nearby Kabalaka Child Development Centre. One of these children was 16-year-old Jhezzo.

Jhezzo is so grateful that she has been able to keep receiving support from the Compassion programme by moving project. She’s thrilled that although she will be given a new child number to reflect the number of her new Compassion project, she can still maintain a relationship with the same sponsor. This consistency has been so reassuring during a time of great change and transition.

“I’m happy to have my sponsor,” Jhezza explains. “She is a big help to me in many ways, including in my spiritual growth. Through sponsorship I can attend camps, special meetings, support groups and Bible studies. Having a sponsor gives opportunities to simple people like me.”

Philippines Compassion project

The project workers at Kabalaka Child Development Centre have made every effort to welcome Jhezzo and the other children. They even organised a special service where they sung the hymn “Welcome to the Family” and Reverend Salvador Parpa preached a message explaining ‘We are now one family’.

Sadly, due to COVID-19, we’re unable to facilitate any form of travel or visits at the moment. You’re welcome to register your interest by emailing and we’ll be in contact when the situation changes.

What you need to know about visiting your sponsored child

  • You will need to have been supporting a child with Compassion for a least a year.
  • You need to arrange your visit through our Tours and Visits team. Please get in touch with us at least 6-8 weeks in advance.
  • Visits take place at a Compassion project or other suitable location. If possible, you’ll also visit your sponsored child’s home.
  • While visiting your sponsored child, you’ll need to pay for any expenses incurred, including transport, visit host, meals and accommodation.
  • Visits usually take place Monday – Friday and are between 3 and 6 hours long.

We work exclusively with local churches to make sure we find and help the poorest children in a community.

The great thing about our church partnership model is that our project staff understand their communities better than anyone. They’re in the best place to identify children with particular needs, offering orphans sponsorship or those with chronic illness or malnutrition for example. We help all children in need regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious background.

Our church partners are also selected to ensure we’re reaching children with the greatest level of need. Each of our country offices has a strategic plan to begin partnerships and open Compassion projects in the most impoverished regions of their nation.


Need some help?

Our friendly Supporter Experience Team are ready to help with any questions you might have.

01932 836490 - Our current opening hours are 9.30 to 6pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30 to 5pm on Fridays.
Please leave a voicemail if you'd like a call back outside of this.

Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.