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Child sponsorship is about sponsoring a child and supporting the child's community to help take good care of its children.
Child sponsorship is a regular giving program, wherein your (monthly/ quarterly/ half yearly/ annual) contribution ensures education, health care support and a safe childhood to children from the most marginalized communities in India. You will not only be ensuring a bright future to the children but also the entire community the child is from.
Regular giving (or direct debit) helps us Plan ahead for long term projects. There is an urgent need for regular giving as the people we work with, need help every day. And your regular donation will help bring about a substantial change in their lives.
We provide several options for you to contribute: You can use the short form on this page to make payment(s) through Credit or Debit Cards, NetBanking, Cash Card, Mobile Payments or e-Wallets. If you are looking at sponsoring through cheque download our sponsorship form and post it to us. And, if you want to give a monthly standing instruction to your bank download the ACH form.
with details of the child you are linked to.
An annual update from the community that the child belongs to.
a bi-annual message from the child to you.
an email update of various initiatives of ActionAid India.
an annual visit to the project under which the child is supported.
a video from the community that the child belongs to.
**Only available to those who have chosen the sponsorship model
Children are the ambassadors of change in the communities we work with
We strive to build a sustainable and socially just future, for the communities we work with. Children's education, nutrition and protection are at the centre of our focus, in each of our initiatives. We measure the progress of our work by the progress that children and women in the communities achieve.
children were extended support in 2014
children enrolled in schools
of the children enrolled are girls
most marginalised children were supported to get scholarships from the government for further studies
children suffering from severe malnutrition were supported and linked to nutritional rehabilitation centres and child-care centres run by the government
children linked to mid-day meal scheme
children rescued from child labour, linked to family and school
adolescent girls were rescued from instances of child-marriage and were supported to pursue education
ActionAid India has been working with poor and marginalised people in India since 1972. We work in 25 states and one Union Territory reaching out to over 6 million people every year, those of whom belong to the most marginalised and excluded groups.
Our focus is on the rights of India’s most marginalised communities: Dalit and indigenous people, rural and urban poor, women, children and minorities. These groups face an acute lack of access to and control over resources, services, and institutions and our efforts are to equip them with knowledge about their rights and develop capacities in them to demand their constitutional rights.
We pay special attention to those in vulnerable situations such as people living with chronic hunger, disability, migrant and bonded workers, children who are out of school, city-dwellers without a home, and people whose land or livelihood is under threat.
We also work with women, men, girls and boys who have been trafficked, displaced, or hit by natural and human-made disasters.
ActionAid supports a wide range of long term and short term initiatives in 25 states and 1 union territory of India – which aim to improve the lives and living conditions of marginalised communities such as Dalits, Adivasis, Rural and Urban poor, Women, Children and members of minority communities. In the process, we work closely with several grassroots organisations and community based organisations – who lead the work on the ground. 80% of the donations we receive are used up in implementation of these initiatives on the ground. 13% of the conations we raise are spent to strengthen the support systems at various levels that help us in executing these initiatives. 7% of the funds we raise are used up in activities that help us to mobilise resources that can guarantee a long term support to such initiatives.
Child sponsorship is about sponsoring a child and supporting her/him and the community of poor and deprived people to claim their rights.
Your contribution not only helps your sponsored child, but also the entire community in which s/he lives. As the result of your support the children and their communities will gain access to their rights. For Example right to dignity, right to food, right to shelter, right to education etc
A minimum of Rs. 600 per child, per month. This means you will be contributing Rs. 7200/- per year, or Rs. 21600/- for three years, to make a difference in the lives of not only your sponsored child but also the people in the community. You can also be a multi sponsor, by sponsoring more than one child.
We encourage you to sponsor a child at least for 3 years. You would be happy to know that many of our sponsors have shared our journey since 1972, when child sponsorship started in India.
Yes, of course your sponsored child will be happy to hear from you.
The ActionAid team will always be willing to help arrange a visit for you, although we are unable to help with the travel costs.
Yes, of course. However, in order to ensure that we do not discriminate between a sponsored child and a non-sponsored child, you are encouraged to give gifts of money. You can also send gifts in kind like colouring materials, sports equipment, etc. which can be used by many children.
Only Indian nationals are eligible for tax exemption as this benefit is valid only in India. Contributions to ActionAid Association are exempted from Tax under section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961.
You can make your contribution through
ActionAid Association follows international industry standards and best practices in order to secure your data and protect your privacy:
ActionAid Association is registered in India under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 with its registered office at New Delhi. Registration number S-56828 on the 5th of October 2006
ActionAid India has been working with poor and marginalised people in India since 1972. We work in 25 states and one Union Territory reaching out to over 8 million people every year, those of whom belong to the most marginalised and excluded groups.
If one out of 10 people in our country support one poor child we can make all children go to school and ensure secured future.
- Prakash Kandpal,
I am extremely glad and excited to meet the child I support! It is an emotional union... It is a feeling of satisfaction for the humble donation I make.
"I am aspiring to become a teacher and educate children from my village"
"I was saved from being a victim of child marriage ,thanks to ActionAid and Ankita. Now pursuing my engineering degree"