Your sponsorship supports projects run by our Christian partners. These projects help children learn to break down the barriers of poverty – not just for your sponsored child, but for their friends and family too! Children and families together learn skills to increase their income, build confidence and take control of their future.
The projects encourage children to be part of the solution to poverty. When children choose to become involved with the project, they learn to drive change in their own community. Their special connection with a sponsor in Australia is a chance for them to share their story as they learn and grow.
Some of the activities include:
All these initiatives, and more, provide children with opportunities for a future free from poverty.
We know that our program has worked when we can hand a project over to the community leaders. As communities take over the management of their own projects, our child sponsorship program moves into new locations. Each project lasts around 10 years.
When you support a child, they may be at the beginning, middle or end of their project’s cycle. Your child sponsorship reports will tell you the current phase of the project.
When the project has been successful, it looks like this:
All the children in the community go to school every day. They have enough healthy food to eat, and so do their families. They speak out on issues that concern them and take responsibility for their own future. Their families have enough income to afford school fees, food and health care as well as extra money to cope in emergencies. And the community leadership protects children, advocates for further change, and takes responsibility for their own development.
If you would like to learn more about child sponsorship graduations, go to our Graduations page.
That’s one of the great things about our child sponsorship program – it’s designed not just for the child you support, but for all the children in the community to benefit. So, when you choose to become a Child Sponsor, you’re actually choosing to support a whole community of children. And we can help you choose if you can’t decide.
We don’t! The communities themselves select children as representatives of the program. These children become leaders in their community and play an important role in communicating the changes that are happening. Each child is linked with only one child sponsor.
A child doesn’t have to be sponsored to be part of the program. And sponsored children do not receive special treatment. Rather, our project activities are designed to address the root causes of child poverty, working with the entire community. This approach means that the community becomes a better place for all children, not just those who are sponsored.
The program is offered with a “no strings attached” policy. This means that communities can be part of the program regardless of race, politics or religion and there are no conditions placed on the community to conform to any culture, politics or religion.
We publish reports every year to show the total amount Baptist World Aid spends on projects overseas. See our Annual Reports for the complete picture.
For $48/m you’ll be supporting a child or young person, their family and their community to address challenges specific to them. Your monthly gift will support child-led projects run by our Christian partners – helping children and young people raise their villages and lead them into a future free from extreme poverty.
For just $12 more each month, you can contribute to additional project activities that protect the most vulnerable children in Child Sponsorship communities.
Your sponsorship is providing vital support as the impact of virus continues to spread around the world. We are working closely with our Christian partners in the field to monitor and respond to the situation in each community. For regularly updated country by country news from the field and virus specific FAQs, please visit our updates page.
VERY EFFECTIVE! Your generous sponsorship supports development work that will not only benefit your sponsored child… but also their friends, family, and whole community! And life-skills for children, income generation for families, and safer, flourishing communities translate to lasting change for generations to come.
But you don’t have to take our word for it alone… Sima is a little girl who lives in one of our project communities in Nepal. Read her story to find out just how effective your Child Sponsorship can be! Read what she had to say.
Child safeguarding is important to Baptist World Aid. Through your regular sponsorship you have already enabled life-saving hygiene training, with child clubs teaching the importance of practices such as handwashing. Our partners also have experience implementing child protection activities. These activities are now being implemented using mobile technology, building on the skills and strong community relationships that have been developed through our projects.
Baptist World Aid is responding by supporting partners to shift their activities towards a more humanitarian response. Our priority is making sure that partner staff and community members from our projects are safe.
Our partner organisations are working hard to support children, families and communities to respond to the risk of Covid, including through the distribution of health, hygiene and safety information. To reduce further risk of outbreaks, we have suspended large group gatherings and activities such as child clubs, savings groups, and graduation ceremonies. Through our COVID 19 Global Emergency Appeal, we are helping organisations to support health workers, conduct food and non-food distribution to vulnerable people, and provide protective equipment. We are working closely with our partners to monitor the situation, adapt activities, and make preparations for the recovery period, when enforced isolation ends and social and economic activities can resume.
Covid and social distancing measures carry a range of impacts for children, youth and their communities. The closure of schools has the potential to increase dropout rates, especially for girls, and to further entrench gender gaps in education. At the same time, school closures may increase the likelihood of child abuse, trafficking, and child labour.
The economic impacts of parents or caregivers being out of work, is expected to be widespread and devastating.
As Covid cases increase, the burden on health systems in resource-poor settings will be immense. Clinics and hospitals will be overcrowded and overwhelmed. Other basic services such as immunisation programs, primary health care, and community-based maternal and child health activities will be disrupted. Even before Covid, many children in sponsorship countries lacked access to clean water and sanitation to prevent the spread of disease. If caregivers get sick or die from the coronavirus, children will be at an increased risk of malnutrition, various diseases, and child protection violations.
Beyond physical health, social distancing also has impacts upon mental health and wellbeing. The pandemic is placing increased stress on families, community groups and governments. This may mean an inability to carry out daily tasks (such as caring for children), increased abusive behaviour, anxiety or grief at the loss of a loved one.
All emergency responses, including how sponsorship communities are being equipped, are enabled through the COVID-19 Global Emergency Appeal. To help protect more sponsored children and their communities and stop the rapid spread of the virus, why not give your most important gift ever?
Your prayer support during this uncertain time is more important than ever before. Please pray with us for all the children involved in our projects, as their education, health and wellbeing are impacted by Covid:
We’re so sorry to hear that! We understand that circumstances change and that continuing your support may no longer be possible. We also know that some supporters feel like cancelling is their only option, even though it isn’t their first choice. If you’re not sure that you can continue your sponsorship, please give us a call – we’ll be happy to talk through some options with you and, if cancellation is best, we will be happy to find your sponsored child a new sponsor as quickly as possible.
However, because we have a community approach, children can still be part of our programs… even when they don’t have a sponsor. So, if you do have to cancel, please don’t worry – your sponsored child’s involvement with the program will not be affected.
We know that there are many Child Sponsorship programs for you to choose from… and that making a decision about which organisation to support can be tough!
When you choose to sponsor a child through Baptist World Aid, you can be confident that your generous, monthly donation will not only help your sponsored child to break free from poverty, it will also be used to make sure that his or her parents have the skills needed to grow their income and support every single one of their children… well into the future. And that means lasting change for not only a whole family, but for communities and nations too!
As a Child Sponsor you will receive photos, letters and information about the child you sponsor. You will also receive information about your sponsored child’s community and the project you are supporting.
In many countries where we operate, Christians are a minority and children are often from non-Christian families or other faiths. Our Christian partners show Jesus’ love in practical ways, building relationships and trust within the community and reflecting the good works of Christ. We support great development work and this strengthens the reputation of local churches as they share the good news of Jesus.
Communities can be part of the program regardless of race, politics or religion, and there are no conditions placed on the community to conform to any culture, politics or religion to participate in the program activities.
Please do not attempt to contact your current or previously sponsored child through Facebook, email, or any other media. If your sponsored child contacts you, please do not respond to their message or friend request and notify Baptist World Aid immediately. This requirement is in the best interest and safety of both yourself and your sponsored child.
There are a great many children who live in poverty around our world. And any one of them is deserving of your love and support.
When you sponsor a child through Baptist World Aid, you can be assured that each of our Child Sponsorship projects have been carefully – and prayerfully – considered. We choose to work in communities where there is great need… and where we are confident that your generous support can be used to make great impact.
Baptist World Aid is working closely with our local partners to monitor the situation on the ground, and to develop contingency plans if a community member or sponsored child is affected by the virus. Our key concerns are to respond to immediate needs, and to reduce further risk to community members and partner staff.
The wellbeing of the child partners in our sponsorship program is our highest priority. If they fall ill with Covid, we will be providing immediate support to them and their family where possible.
You are welcome to write to your sponsored child whenever you like! However, to lower our administration costs, we send your letters overseas four times a year. Please make sure your mail reaches us by the following deadlines: 28 February; 30 June; and 31 October. The October deadline is best for Christmas greetings!
We don’t facilitate visits to children in the program. In the interest of child safety, it is our policy not to disclose the location of the children in the program. Greater interaction between you and the child you sponsor is, instead, encouraged through letter writing and the inclusion of personal photographs. Occasionally, we may facilitate trips to our other overseas projects where you can see the nature of our work. If you are interested in an opportunity like this, please contact our office for more details.
Of course! Additional donations are always welcome!
There are a few ways that you can give extra support to children:
Regular giving: Sponsorship & MORE
Too many children are denied their childhood. So, as well as investing in the child you sponsor, you’ll invest in projects that address specific child protection issues like trafficking, child labour and child marriage. You’ll do even more to ensure children can dream and grow, safe from the impact of poverty. This vital work is funded through our Vulnerable Children Fund.
Regular giving: Better World Ambassador
Supporting where it’s needed most including addressing child protection issues like trafficking, child labour and child marriage.
One off gifts to the Vulnerable Children Fund
Supporting projects that address specific child protection issues like trafficking, child labour and child marriage.
When you register on this website you can easily manage your account, including:
Yes! We are now able to send physical letters to and from children again, following a temporary pause on the international postage of mail. Please send your physical letters to:
Baptist World Aid Australia
Locked Bag 2200
North Ryde, NSW, 1670
If you’d prefer digital, you can still choose to send a Message of Hope to your sponsored child electronically by logging into your MyAccount online.
Our capacity for contact in the field is still more limited than usual, with restrictions varying in each country. Please expect delays in receiving regular letters and progress reports from your sponsored child, and in your letters being delivered to your sponsored child.
At Baptist World Aid we want your generous support to have the most impact it can. That’s why we focus especially on children, working with them to transform communities into safe places where they are loved, nurtured and heard.
When you sponsor a child you help them break down barriers of poverty – for themselves, and their whole community. That means not only can the child you sponsor go to school with a full stomach, or access healthcare when they need it, but their friends and family can too.
We know that local people are best placed to overcome local poverty – that’s why we partner with local Christian organisations in overseas communities who, just like you, are driven by the example set by Jesus Christ – to love, because He first loved us.
Support a child as they transform their community. Become a child sponsor today.