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What is Child Sponsorship and how does it work?

Child sponsorship is an opportunity to personally connect with a child, family, and community in need. You will journey alongside them as they work on lasting solutions to fight poverty, and help vulnerable children reach their full potential.

When you become a child sponsor, you’ll start to build a relationship with one special child. You can connect with your child by writing letters and emails, sending cards and gifts or visiting him/her. Knowing that someone far away cares about them and their future is a great encouragement to a sponsored child.

World Vision’s decades of experience have proven that the most effective way to help a child is to strengthen the child’s entire community. We do this by pooling your monthly sponsorship contributions with those of other sponsors of a community to provide the assistance that children and families living in poverty need most. World Vision works to develop the following in communities:

  • Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Education
  • Livelihood
  • Child Protection

Each community that we work with faces different challenges and has different needs, so the work we do is unique to each community. World Vision listens to the people in the community to understand the issues hindering children from reaching their full potential and works with them to address their short-term and long-term needs.

How can I be sure that the money goes to my sponsored child’s community?

World Vision Malaysia aims to ensure that the highest proportion of its funds gets to those in need. If you would like a breakdown of where World Vision Malaysia’s money goes, please read the ‘Where the funds go’ page and our Annual Review.

All World Vision offices are audited and financial statements are available to child sponsors and donors.

Regular on-site inspections and project evaluations are conducted. Annual progress reports are provided to all child sponsors. World Vision programmes and costs are reviewed carefully to ensure the most effective use of resources and the greatest return to those served.

World Vision has professionally-trained personnel on the ground to strictly implement quality control and financial accountability.

What do I get when I decide to sponsor a child?

As a child sponsor, you will get:

  • A Welcome Pack containing your sponsored child’s photo and personal details, as well as information about his/her community (you will receive an e-copy within 9 days and a hard copy within 21 days of your child sponsorship commencement).
  • Access to the My World Vision portal, where you can view photo and video updates on your child sponsorship and update your personal details.
  • An Introductory Letter from your sponsored child (from where he/she lives) within 3 months of your child sponsorship commencement.
  • An Annual Progress Report (between September and November) with updates on your child’s progress, accompanied by a current photograph of him/her.*If you started sponsoring your child on or after 30 April this year, you will receive an Annual Progress Report of your sponsored child in the following year.
  • A Yearly Greeting Card (between December and February) from your sponsored child. *If you started sponsoring your child on or after 31 August this year, you will receive a greeting card from your sponsored child in the following year.
  • Opportunities to build an enriching friendship with your sponsored child by writing letters, sending small gifts and participating in sponsors' visits (Group/Individual).
  • Child Sponsors’ Newsletters with local and international news on World Vision.
  • An Annual Review which contains summaries of the work being done in all the projects that we support.
Are contributions to World Vision Malaysia tax deductible?

Donations to World Vision Malaysia are not tax deductible as our funds are primarily channelled to help children living in the poorest areas across the world. To be eligible for tax exempt status, a high proportion of the funds must benefit Malaysians.

What if I need to cancel my child sponsorship?

We understand that circumstances can make it difficult for sponsors to keep a monthly commitment, and that many may not be able to provide monthly support indefinitely. If you have to cancel your sponsorship, please inform us and we will arrange for a new sponsor for your sponsored child. Alternatively, you could encourage a friend or family member to continue the sponsorship commitment.

How do I become a child sponsor?

You can:

a. Sign up online here


b. Download and complete the Child Sponsorship form, then submit it to us via fax, email or post.

Note: An auto-reply will be sent to you once the online sign-up form goes through. Once we receive your first child sponsorship contribution, you will receive the welcome kit within 2-3 weeks (digital or printed copy based on your preferred mode of communication).

How long does my sponsorship last?

The duration of your sponsorship depends on your personal conviction and preference. Your sponsorship may last a few years or the entire duration of the community’s development, typically 10-15 years. A child may remain sponsored up to age 21. 

The goal of child sponsorship is to bring your child and their community to health and self-reliance so that they can face the future confidently. We hope you can continue your sponsorship until the work is completed so that you can witness the transformation made possible by your support.


What happens if my child is no longer in the programme?

World Vision Child Sponsorship Programme is possible because parents/guardians allow their children to take part in the programme. However, there are times when World Vision has to remove a child from the programme. Possible reasons include:

The child has graduated from college/high school

Congratulations! Your sponsored child has graduated from college or high school. He/she will either look for a job or move on to a higher institution of learning. When a child starts work, he/she will be able to help support their family, and World Vision will remove him/her from the programme. When the child moves on to a higher institution, he/she will likely have to move out from the community, making it difficult to provide help and monitor the child’s progress.

The child/family has moved out of the area.

Better prospects in a new area would prompt the family of the child to move on. Since the child/family is no longer in the community, our project office cannot provide help and monitor the child’s progress. As such he/she can no longer participate in this programme.

The child/family no longer want to be in the programme

World Vision does not force parents to register their child as a sponsored child, and parents may choose to opt out of the Child Sponsorship Programme for reasons such as privacy, or when they feel they do not need to enrol their child in the programme to enjoy the benefits that are provided to their community.

The family becomes self-supporting

Thank you for making a difference! You have played a special part in bringing transformation to a child/family in need. World Vision will remove the child from the sponsorship programme so that the opportunity for sponsorship can be extended to another child in the community.

If your sponsored child is no longer in the programme for these or any other reason, we will ensure that you’re informed as soon as possible.

Am I the only sponsor to my sponsored child?

Yes. Each child is assigned to one sponsor. You may share your sponsorship with a friend or a group of friends. In which case, you can sign up as ‘May Ling and friends’ or ‘Mr & Mrs Selva’.

If you have questions that are not answered here, please send us a message. A World Vision representative will respond within 5 working days.