Screenshot the child sponsorship page on the World Vision website
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With the Christmas celebrations behind us, and a bunch of articles written on responsive charity websites and charity smartphone apps, we thought we should come back to do some writing on some ways you can help to support charities.

Just yesterday we were watching Saturday Kitchen on BBC1 and the chap Ross Kemp who was in Eastenders was talking about the latest in his series of visiting some of the world’s most dangerous places with his series on SKY television was talking about how many children go missing in India as part of sex trafficking. Apparently 100,000 girls go missing per year and there are only 13 police detectives available to work on tracking them down.

This made us think that the next article we write should be on how you can help children in developing countries, and the United Kingdom, with a child sponsorship through either World Vision or Barnardo’s. 

What is child sponsorship?

It’s basically a way charities have developed to engage their supporters more directly in their work by helping build a closer connection to the cause through the sponsorship of a particular real child through a monthly donation (usually taken by Direct Debit). When you make a normal donation to a charity it can usually go into a general pot that is used to fund wherever the need is the greatest in their spectrum of charitable activities.

What’s the difference between between World Vision and Barnardo’s child sponsorships?

The main difference between them that certainly makes the difference to donors is where the child that is sponsored is situated geographically. The children you are able to sponsor through World Vision live in developing countries where poverty is prevalent, while Barnardo’s focus on children who live in the UK who need support.

Let’s look at each charity in more detail from the viewpoint of a donor. Let’s imagine first that we want to find out more about sponsoring a child in a developing country. We are thing of a child in Africa, but are open to other continents.

(We’ll talk a little bit about each charity and the benefits and costs of sponsoring a child with them over two separate blogs as there will be a fair amount to cover in order to provide some better detail). 

Sponsoring a child with World Vision

We decide to search in Google or one of the other popular search engines like Bing for term ‘sponsor a child’ and find our way to the World Vision website.

When you reach the main World Vision site it is easy to find your way to their sponsorship pages. When get to them the main screen shows the current list of children you can sponsor and some information about them.

You can flick through them on a kind of slideshow but if you want to be more specific you can query the website using the following filters


  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Latin America
  • Eastern Europe


  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Ethiopia
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Niger
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


  • Younger than 8
  • 8 years or older


  • Male
  • Female

If you do a search it puts the results in the same page as you are on which is nice user experience.

If you want more information about how it works there is a good video featuring a current supporter who sponsors a child.

There’s also a nice little summary section that has friendly and easy to understand icons and a paragraph on how it helps with the following when you sign up:

Child protection
Against things like sexual and / or commercial exploitation

Food security
To help provide vital food with the right nutrients for children to thrive

Clean water
Helps to provide access to safe water that is free from killer diseases

Access to healthcare
This helps ensure children can be seen by a professional doctor when needed and help save many lives

Providing opportunities to children to have more say in their futures through good education

HIV and AIDS support
World Vision say that they’re currently giving help to over 800,000 children who have neem affected by these killer diseases.

Here’s an example of some of the children’s profiles in the slideshow below:

Frequently asked questions

There’s also a pretty extensive FAQs section that answers the sorts of questions most people might be thinking of asking like how the money from the monthly donation is used to how the children available for sponsorship are chosen.

What you get when you sign up as a child sponsor:

If you decide to go through with the sponsorship which is very easily done on their website, you will get the following:

  • A pack to welcome you that has a photograph and more information about the child you have chosen

  • Information on how you can send and receive letters from your chosen child. You can also send Christmas and birthday cards.

  • You will also get regular updates from your sponsored child and the community they live in and an annual progress report.

Individuals, organisations or companies

Another feature we liked as you go through the signup process is the ability to select whether it is you as an individual who is signing up, if it is an organisation or company, or if it is as part of a group.

If you choose to sponsor a child as an organisation you can choose from the following options:

  • Church
  • College
  • Company
  • Lower school
  • Middle school
  • Pre-school
  • Primary school
  • School pending classification
  • Secondary school
  • Trust
  • University
  • Upper school
  • Other

When you choose to be a group in order to sponsor you can choose from the following types:

  • Anonymous groups
  • Christian Union
  • Church group
  • Church youth group
  • Non church youth group
  • Other group

We hope you have found this blog useful and if you’d like to sponsor a child with World Vision you can learn more about how to sign up on our main World Vision page.

We'll add a link to part two of this special blog series as soon as it's up over the next few days.

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