How sponsorship works

How Child Sponsorship Works

Child sponsorship is a transformative, impactful experience that changes the lives of

One person and one child

Sponsorship helps us provide kids with three essential elements:
a place + a team + a path out of poverty


70+ community centers around the world



Local staff like doctors, dentists, coaches, volunteers + YOU!

and a PATH out of poverty


And what’s on that path?

In other words:

Your help doesn’t just alleviate the symptoms of poverty...
it puts a child on a path OUT of it!


What does it all mean?

Your individual act has a ripple effect that will change the world.


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What is child sponsorship and how does it work?

Child sponsorship connects two people — a sponsor with a generous heart and a child with significant needs — to create a transformative, impactful experience for both. In providing a long-term support network for a child, a sponsor helps create the foundation for their lives beyond poverty. This connection fundamentally changes both of their lives.

Sponsors are changed by:

  • Knowing they are making a real difference in the world
  • Creating a ripple effect of positive change that will impact generations to come
  • Seeing kids' lives transformed
  • Becoming part of the solution.

Children are changed by:

  • Knowing they are cared about in a world that often says otherwise
  • Gaining long-term support that gives them access to:

    - Safe havens in CI community centers
    - Local teams of dedicated, caring people
    - Programs and services that address the areas of health, education, empowerment and employment.

Additional support funds the evolution and increased reach of these impactful services for kids in the sponsorship program.

Child sponsorship is one easy way to help change the world: ONE act of kindness at a time. ONE impactful and transformative relationship at a time. Together, we're unleashing the power of (every)ONE.

Want to learn more about CI's unique, life-changing child-development programs? Get the 411 here.