Celebrate International Women's Day by sponsoring a girl. When you sponsor a girl, you increase her opportunity to go to school, to have nutritious food, to have water that is safe and to have her rights respected and protected. You’re equipping her with the tools she needs to lift herself and her community out of poverty. So when you sponsor a girl child, you’re not just helping her and her community survive–you’re helping them thrive.
Change a girl's world and she'll change yours. For good.
Sponsorship gives girls access to things that might otherwise be out of reach, like education,
health care or even the ability to advocate for their rights!
As a result, parents are less likely to be forced to make choices that are harmful to female children
and girls are more likely to remain in school and out of child marriage or forced labour.
For parents, it means skills training and job opportunities that help put food on the table,
not just today but for months and years to come.
By working together to build strong children, particularly girls, we're laying the foundation for them
to build better lives. Stronger communities. Brighter futures.
The Impact of Sponsoring a Girl
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What happens when I sponsor a girl?
Your monthly donation joins forces with donations from other sponsors to drive change at the community level, empowering girls to contribute to decisions that affect their lives. To participate in community activities and networks. All in a safe environment where they know they’re protected and cared for.
When you sponsor a girl, you’ll experience a life-enriching connection as you build a relationship with your sponsored child. And, because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, four more children benefit too.
Sponsorship helps girls enjoy good health. Be educated for life. Experience the love of God and their neighbours. Be cared for, protected and participants in their community.
You can help make this and more happen by sponsoring a girl.
Get the bigger picture
There’s no better way to demonstrate the power of sponsoring a girl than by sharing stories from our staff, ambassadors and child sponsors about the people we serve and their communities. Their words will show you how sponsorship has transformed lives—the sponsored child’s and their own.
Give girls a chance.
Girls are born with the same God-given rights as boys and that needs to matter—everywhere. Sponsoring a girl promotes gender equality. Societies with greater gender equality enjoy more sustainable development, faster economic growth and better prospects for their children.
It’s proven that when you lift girls up, they improve the lives of those around them, transforming their communities and their countries.
Ending the cycle of poverty starts with educating girls
Education is one of the most effective ways to move families out of poverty and into a brighter future. Even the most basic education—reading, writing and arithmetic—can open doors to futures that would otherwise be shut tight.
Here’s why educating girls is vital to their well-being:
- 66 million girls are out of school globally. (UNESCO)
- A child born to a literate mother is 50 per cent more likely to survive past age five. (UNESCO)
- 14 million girls under age 18 will be married this year. That’s 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. (UNFPA)
- The number one cause of death for girls ages 15-19 is childbirth. (WHO)
- A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20 per cent more as an adult. (The World Bank)
- Girls with eight years of education are four times less likely to be married as children. (National Academies Press)
- Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school. (UNICEF)
- An estimated 60 per cent of undernourished people worldwide are women or girls. (UNFAO)
Frequently asked questions
There are so many great reasons for sponsoring a girl! For starters, by sponsoring a girl you’re giving her access to opportunity and protection that might otherwise be out of reach, like education, health care and safety from trafficking, early marriage and violence. Instead of being forced into early marriage or working at a job under dirty or dangerous conditions, her parents are more likely to keep her in school where she can further her education. She’ll have a better chance at building a better future for herself, her family and community today and for generations to come. The cycle of poverty can be broken and it starts when you decide to sponsor a girl.
Child sponsorship is the most personal, effective way to fight poverty. When you sponsor a girl, you build a special relationship that encourages her with hope for the future. Your monthly sponsorship donation joins forces with other sponsors’ donations to help lift your sponsored girl and her community out of poverty for good. Along the way, you can watch her grow up, celebrate her successes by exchanging letters and emails and track her community’s progress.
Sponsored children do not receive direct cash benefits. Instead, we pool your monthly sponsorship donation with those from other Canadians who support children in the same area, leveraging them for maximum effectiveness based on the community’s needs. Our local staff works with the community to build a vibrant, sustainable future—allowing people to continue thriving after we’ve moved on to help other communities.
When you become a child sponsor, you will receive a welcome package and letter of introduction from your sponsored girl or World Vision staff working in her community. Each year you will receive an updated photo of your sponsored child and a progress report.
You will also have access to My World Vision, a digital platform that allows you to manage your information, learn more about your sponsored child’s community, meet other children who live there and follow along with their progress.
Community members help identify the most vulnerable children in their area. Then, the families of these children are asked if they’d like to be part of the child sponsorship program, with the understanding that the benefits will be shared by everyone in the community.
At World Vision, we believe that every child is born with the same set of God-given rights. Each child is full of potential and has much to contribute to their families and societies. Every girl and boy deserves to be nurtured, included, supported and empowered to live life in all its fullness.
As a global community, we have almost unanimously agreed that girls and women have the exact same rights as boys and men. Nearly every country on the planet has signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The latter is the most broadly translated document in the world and can be found in dialects from Abkhaz to Zulu!
Yet today, gender inequality is still being reckoned with everywhere, even in certain spheres of Canadian life. Gender violence continues to span cultures and social groups, religion and education levels. That violence is deeply rooted in gender inequalities, in cultural norms that assert men’s superiority and power over women and in rigid norms about men’s and women’s roles.
At World Vision, we have learned that promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment is core to effective and sustainable development. Lack of gender equality can be damaging, not only to girls and women, but to their entire societies.
Gender inequality and gender-based violence cost everyone. One in every three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Little boys may come of age, seeing this happening to their mothers and sisters. The cycle can easily perpetuate. In its extreme form, gender-based violence manifests through crimes such as rape and honour killing, and brutal cultural practices such as female genital mutilation and early marriage. In cases where girls and women are harmed or killed, an entire family can be dramatically impacted by the event.
But gender-based violence also manifests in subtler and even more pervasive ways, such as restriction of action and opinion, and control over choices and resources. When a girl is kept away from school, she may not have the support she needs to challenge these approaches and almost nowhere to turn for help in a crisis.
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