Help a child in crisis

why sponsor a child during the pandemic

When a crisis hits, it usually hits the poor hardest

Through sponsorship, your ongoing support will provide the help every child in poverty needs to thrive. Especially crucial during this global crisis, sponsorship is even more powerful. It fills in the gaps between what a child has and what they need.

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Why sponsor a child during times of crisis?

The impacts of disasters, pandemics, economic and other times of crisis is disproportionately harder on the poor and more vulnerable segments of society. The pandemic triggered the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, making it increasingly difficult for people to pay for care. Even before the pandemic, half a billion people were being pushed (or pushed still further) into extreme poverty because of payments they made for health care.* When you become a sponsor, you help provide:

    • Access to medical and dental care, and physical and mental health resources
    • Education assistance, tutoring, youth programs and core life-skills training
    • A team of skilled staff and volunteers and the safety net of their support
    • Your support and encouragement during a crisis like no other
      • The support of sponsorship is so important right now. It’s a scary time for all of us, and finding a new friend can be such a source of hope, especially for a child in poverty. You can give a child strength as they continue to navigate the unknown.

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Programming that addresses all stages of a child’s development

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.

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You can protect a child in crisis

While all of our children urgently need the support of sponsorship, those with a "most at risk" flag are facing the least stable living circumstances. The criteria to determine those children at higher risk are related to basic necessities, and include availability of electricity, clean water, sanitary conditions, sleeping accommodations and presence of parents.
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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

100,000+
additional child deaths are predicted to occur in 2020.

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.

Source: Aggregate Income Shocks and Infant Mortality in the Developing World

25%
of children under 5 are stunted due to poor nutrition.

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.

Source: UNICEF Nutrition Report

1.2 billion
children and youth are experiencing school closures.

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.

Source: UNESCO

3x
more likely to struggle with lasting depression and anxiety.

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.

Source: British Colombia Medical Journal
Sponsorship continues providing life-changing help to your child

Your support is especially critical right now. Disadvantaged families around the world are trying to recover from the economic and emotional toll caused by the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Due to sporadic closures from spiking infection rates in some of the areas we serve, as well as other related factors, your sponsorship experience may begin a bit differently than it normally would.

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