Change a life forever

sponsor a child in need through Children International

How child sponsorship works

What does my child receive?
  • Access to life-changing benefits through our innovative community centers, such as medical and dental care, empowerment initiatives and education programs focused on giving children the support and tools they need to be healthy, stay in school, graduate and create a lasting change in their community. (Our U.S. children are served through the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.)

  • Support from our dedicated staff and volunteers who are embedded in the community and committed to helping your child succeed. 

  • A personal connection with someone who cares (you!) and the invaluable knowledge that they are special and loved.

  • A chance for a better life free from poverty.

What can I expect as a sponsor?
  • A quick-start guide to child sponsorship along with more info about your child including a photo.

  • Photos and updates about your child on a regular basis.

  • Letters from your child, often with words of thanks from them and their parents or other family members.  

  • Access to MyCI, your online account, where you can view photos and learn more about your child, read and write letters, manage your giving, and connect with other sponsors. 

  • See your impact in action through updates and monthly emails. And the option to visit your child and tour our life-changing community centers.

  • A unique and rewarding opportunity to make a difference. 

Sponsorship continues to provide life-changing help to your child

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.

FAQs about Sponsorship

What is child sponsorship?

Child sponsorship connects two people — a sponsor with a generous heart and a child living in poverty.

From toddlerhood to young adulthood, our child sponsorship program equips kids with crucial life and job skills to break the cycle of poverty. For good.

Your $39 monthly gift supports

1. A safe place, like 67+ community centers around the world
2. A caring team of local staff and volunteers
3. A path out of poverty through life-changing programs and services

Sponsorship through Children International

Community Centers

Living in poverty for children can mean days of going hungry, poor educational resources and exposure to violence, gangs, and drugs. Negative early experiences impair brain development in children and impact decision-making, pushing them further behind in school and affecting future opportunities and overall health. Children International looks to break that cycle at the source with community centers offering life‑changing programs, services, and support. (Our U.S. children are served through the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.)

Dedicated Staff

Many children growing up in poverty have parents who are not in the picture or who work long hours to make ends meet, leaving empty homes and a lack of adult supervision. That’s why we support a team of dedicated staff, teachers, doctors, and thousands of volunteers in our communities to serve as mentors, tutors and advocates for our children.

Health & Well-being

Children worrying about their next meal, safe drinking water or physical pain cannot envision a better future for themselves or their families. Fulfilling a child’s health and wellness needs is the foundation for growth. Sponsorship support ensures that children have access to medical and dental care, nutrition education and rehabilitation, psychological assistance, and more, giving children the opportunity to reach their full potential.


For many reasons, children in our communities aren’t given the opportunity to concentrate on school. They drop out to find work and help contribute to their families. Loss of hope and opportunities leads to gang affiliation and violence. Or, a simple lack of resources may have them falling behind. Our community centers and staff provide tutoring programs focused on education, graduation, and life skills to create lasting change in the lives of our children.

Empowerment & Change

This all adds up to transformational change… Our programs foster social responsibility within our children and empower them with leadership, life skills, and employment training to make an impact in their communities and break the cycle of poverty for generations to come.


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