ActionAid is one of the UK’s largest international development charities, helping poor people in over 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Child sponsorship is key to our work.

If we all sponsored a child in the developing world, imagine the difference we could make. The world’s poorest people would get a chance to create a self-reliant future. Poverty could be a thing of the past.

Child sponsorship helps a child’s whole community by providing access to safe, clean water, healthcare, education and an escape from a life of hardship and disease. Sponsors will see how their money is working through regular updates from local fieldworkers and personal messages from the child they sponsor.

Oxfam Unwrapped: choose from 50 great gift ideas from the Oxfam Unwrapped alternative gift catalogue.

Here are some examples of how a gift can help:

  • Feed children’s hungry minds. Buy 100 school dinners. £6

  • Build a toilet and help prevent the spread of deadly disease. £30

  • A camel is the most versatile of animals. Camel. £95

  • Expertise to tap into water sources and distribute it to where it’s needed most. Irrigate three plots of land for a year. £300

  • Set up an office to exchange essential information and get the right aid to where it's needed. Mobile Office. £1000

These are just a few of the great gifts you can give to your family and friends while helping overcome poverty and suffering around the world.

Practical Action

Practical Presents - for people struggling to think of the perfect present for the person who has everything.

Practical Action works hand in hand with local communities for the purpose of providing sustainable solutions to poverty that go on working for years to come.

Practical Presents is a range of 15 gift ideas that offer you a chance to buy a unique gift for someone, but also make a real, long lasting difference to communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The gifts range from £10 right up to £5,000. They include a goat, a bicycle ambulance, a bee-keeping business as well as training to help farmers. Each one of the 15 different gift ideas will truly help transform the lives of people in the developing world.

World Vision

Stuck for gift ideas?

Give something truly surprising and amazing! Choose from 48 gifts from World Vision’s Alternative Gift Catalogue and help change the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities.

There’s something to suit every pocket, and for every occasion. For example, £13 buys a nanny goat so a family in Bangladesh can start a small goat-herding business, giving them an income and better diet.

Word Vision will send you a gift card to give to your loved one representing the life changing gift.

World Vision - Sponsor a Child

In some developing countries poverty kills 1 in 3 children in their infancy. World Vision, one of the world's leading relief and development agencies is working to help stop this.

Through Child Sponsorship, World Vision can help to change the entire course of a child's life, working together with the local community to provide safe drinking water, basic healthcare, enough food and education.

Become a child sponsor! Together we will make a positive difference to children and their communities. Thank you.

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