When pandemics hit, regardless of where they start, they usually hit the poor first and worst. Low- and middle-income countries have weaker health systems and limited capacity to handle surges in cases. The impacts are disproportionately harder on the poorer and more vulnerable segments in society. There are some estimates that this crisis will push 49 million people into extreme poverty in 2020, and the larger share will be in countries already struggling with high poverty rates — countries where we are working now. *
When you become a sponsor, your ongoing support will provide the support that every child in poverty needs to thrive. And the way this pandemic has impacted families around the world has made the support of sponsorship even more powerful. Your sponsorship will fill the growing gaps between what a child has and what she needs:
Learn how your support drives our programming under normal circumstances. Over the past 80 years, we’ve fine-tuned a high-impact, evidence-based approach that empowers children and youth to break free from poverty for good.
While all of our children urgently need the support of sponsorship, those with a "most needy" red flag are facing the least stable living circumstances. The criteria to determine the ‘most needy’ flag are related to basic necessities, and include availability of electricity, clean water, sanitary conditions, sleeping accommodations and presence of parents.
Children in poverty need your help right now
Doctors are using telehealth to educate sponsored children and families on the coronavirus and equip them with resources to stay healthy through handwashing and other hygiene practices.
Through the Emergency Community Fund, we provide immediate and direct food assistance to children and families in our communities who have lost income due to the crisis.
Some of our programs are being delivered in new, innovative ways — such as job training webinars through Facebook live, and virtual tutoring in math and reading via WhatsApp.
Through our resilience program, we provide children with tools to thrive despite the difficulties they’re up against. They learn calming techniques and creative ways to express themselves.
Your support is especially critical during this time, as families around the world are having their lives upended by the lasting effects of the coronavirus. However, your sponsorship experience will begin a little differently than it normally would.