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Sponsors' stories

What's it like to be a child sponsor?

“Sponsoring a child feels more special than other charitable donations - it's so much more than just giving money, it's like getting a new family member.” 

Louise, who sponsors David in Uganda

Sponsoring a child is the one of the best ways to support our work. Our supporters also tell us it's an immensely rewarding experience for them. They look forward to receiving updates about how their sponsored child is getting on, and know that every penny they give makes a positive difference to a child's life. 

Many of our supporters have written to us to explain how special it is to sponsor a child. Here we collect a number of their testimonials, and their stories of sponsoring children around the world.

I'm Marcia, and I sponsor a child in Zimbabwe

Children's Village in Zimbabwe“After watching Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children on the BBC, I contacted SOS Children and started sponsoring a child in Zimbabwe last year.
I then visited a village in Harare when I was there over Christmas and I must tell you it was a wonderful experience, the work they are doing there is amazing. They look after children until they are independent adults. 
The tender love and care these mums are able to provide is very moving. I met a mum who had been working at this Children's Village for 27 years. Imagine how many children she has looked after. They also have a nursery school, infant school and primary school in their premises (everything is super-organised!) and they help the local community. They also have good medical assistance for the children with HIV/AIDS.
I could speak forever, as I was so impressed by your programme.”

Sponsors' stories from around the world

Read more personal experiences of child sponsorship from different parts of the world. Many have visited or stayed in contact with their sponsored child.

Africa -  Americas - Asia - Europe - Middle East

A world map showing all of the countries where SOS Children's Villages works

I sponsor a child in Africa

Read testimonials from Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Gambia.

I sponsor a child in Asia

Read testimonials from Pakistan, Bethlehem, Cambodia, India and Nepal

I sponsor a child in Central and South America

Read testimonial letters from Panama, Peru and Nicaragua.

I sponsor a child in Europe

Read a testimonial from Brovary in Ukraine.

I sponsor a child in the Middle East

Read a testimonial from Bethlehem, Israel. 

Sponsor a child with SOS Children

If you would like to find out more about child sponsorship, visit our sponsor a child section. If you'd like to find out which countries we work in, visit our where you can sponsor page.

Many thanks to our supporters who have kindly offered these testimonials for us to use. If you would like to send us your story of being a child sponsor, email info@soschildrensvillages.org.uk.


Becoming an SOS child sponsor online is easy and makes a real difference to the life of a child in need.