Before making the big decision to sponsor a child, you may ask yourself a number of questions about the process. One of the most common questions is actually about whether or not child sponsorship works and if it even makes a difference. After all, if the project isn’t efficient and it doesn’t make a difference, you would be better off helping out in a different way. The good news is that child sponsorship is one of the most effective ways known to break poverty and help entire communities experience a better standard of living.

So how does it work?

Before we go into the details of why child sponsorship is so effective, let’s quickly recap what actually goes on. At ChildFund, we work with children, parents, community leaders, organisations and governments to help support communities and allow them to become self-sufficient and independent.

By sponsoring a child, you enable us to help provide education to entire communities who otherwise would not be able to afford or receive it. We’re also able to build infrastructure like water wells and pumps, as well as schools and health clinics. We also work with parents and adults of the community to train them and provide them access to small business loans to help them grow their income and provide more for their community and their families.

This development alone improves the lifestyle of the entire community. We work with the community and listen to what they need, while respecting the environment, cultural tradition and social structure. Forming long term partnerships with local and international groups, we’ve been able to change the lives of thousands of children, youth and adults alike.

Why does it work?

One of the biggest issues in developing countries is the lack of access to education for children and adults alike. Due to hard economic and environmental conditions, children can often work for their families to provide enough food and money to allow them to survive. This of course means they can’t get an education, or that is very limited, and leaves them in the same position as their parents.

By working with the community to alleviate some of these economic pressures and provide them access to tools, education and supplies that will significantly help them, these children no longer need to miss out on school. Instead, they are now able to receive an education, which in turn has been found to drastically improve the likelihood of them then finding a better job and creating a better life for themselves and their family. This in turn breaks the cycle of poverty and allows for the entire situation to improve.

As more and more communities become independent, they in turn create a knock on effect that improves the region, and then eventually, the country. Education is widely recognised as the best tool to combat poverty, as it gives people the chance to get better jobs and overall, enjoy better economic conditions.

Consider child sponsorship today!

So if you’re looking to make a difference, consider sponsoring a child today. Your donation can provide your chosen child, their family and their community with significant relief that can lead to a better life of independence and opportunity.

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