No. Sponsorship contributions are pooled centrally and used to fund programs benefiting sponsored children, their families and their communities. More than 70 years of experience has taught us that helping families and communities become self-sufficient is the best way to secure the child’s future.
Decisions on how to use the funds are based on strategic plans prepared by in-country program staff in consultation with children, communities, local governments and partner organizations.
Our normal practice is to assign the child who has been waiting the longest for a sponsor, regardless of gender, age, or nationality. However, we respect that you may be interested in sponsoring a child from a specific region or have a preference with respect to gender and age. If so, please let us know and we will try our best to fulfill your wishes.
The length of your commitment is up to you. Many sponsors have been with us for many years, which allows us to make long-term commitments to our partner communities.
If you choose to end your sponsorship for any reason, please call us so we can introduce your sponsored child to a new sponsor.
At the age of 18, all sponsored children officially “graduate” from the program, although they will continue to benefit from our involvement in their community. If a sponsored child’s family moves out of the area where Plan works, or if the community decides that it has become self-sufficient and no longer in need of Plan assistance, the sponsorship will come to an end.
When that happens, you’ll receive a profile and photograph of a new child to sponsor. If you don’t want to make the transition to a new child, or want to shift to another way to give to Plan’s work, contact us and let us know your wishes.
Absolutely. We encourage you to do so. Writing to the child you sponsor is one of the most rewarding aspects of sponsorship.
It’s natural to want to send something extra to your sponsored child, but we ask that you do not send gifts or money, as these create security and delivery issues, as well as jealousy among families and children who do not receive these kinds of gifts. As you can imagine, maintaining good relationships with all community members where we work is essential to the success of our programs.
If you want to send something special to your sponsored child, consider photos of your family or a postcard from where you live, as children love to receive these items. If you would like to make additional contributions to our work, we have a wide variety of child-centered projects and initiatives that you can help fund. Please call one of our Donor Support Representatives at 1-800-387-1418 for more details.
Yes. A visit to meet your sponsored child is tremendously rewarding. Just contact us with at least 10 weeks’ notice before your departure date so our local staff can host your visit.
Yes. Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo are all francophone countries in which Plan has sponsored children. At your request, all communication with your sponsored child can be in French.
Absolutely. We regularly work with schools, clubs, businesses, associations, faith-based groups, community organizations, professional or social networks who wish to raise funds for a project, sponsor a child or solution, or simply make a donation to Plan’s work.
Plan is non-religious and non-political, and is respectful of local religions and culture. Of our 8,000 staff worldwide, nearly 90 per cent are in the field and most were born in or have deep roots in the areas we serve. We are focused on long-term change. Plan helps children, families and communities gain the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty.
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