Child Sponsorship

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. The sponsored child keeps you informed about the progress made in their lives and that of the community. To effectively leverage the sponsored child’s efforts as an ambassador of the community in which he or she lives, we link each child to up to three donors.

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.

WHEN YOU SUPPORT A CHILD
  • You are supporting the child's whole community
  • You are not just helping the child go to school but are addressing all the factors that
    are keeping the child out of it
  • You are not just providing the child with a healthy childhood but also helping build
    opportunities for the child's family to have a sustainable source of livelihood and income
WHAT IS CHILD SPONSORSHIP?
  • ₹ 9,000 per child per year
  • Monthly ACH Option: ₹750 per child per month
  • A minimum 3-year-long support works in the best interest of the child
  • Tax exemption of 50% of your contribution under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961

Ways to Donate

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, Net Banking, Cash Card, Mobile Payments or e-Wallets. If you are looking at sponsoring through cheque download our sponsorship form and post it to us.

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Contributions to ActionAid Association are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. 50% of the donation made is allowed to be deducted from your taxable income subject to other statutory provisions.

Child Sponsorship

Child sponsorship is a regular giving program, wherein your contribution ensures education, health care support and a safe childhood to children from the most marginalised communities in India. You will not only be ensuring a bright future to your child, but the child’s entire community too.

Your regular donation will help us plan ahead for long-term projects that ensure lasting change, so that we can give marginalised children and their communities the help they need.

WHEN YOU SUPPORT A CHILD
  • You are supporting the child's whole community
  • You are not just helping the child go to school but are also addressing all the factors that are keeping the child out of school
  • You are not just providing the child with a healthy childhood but also helping build opportunities for the child's family to have a sustainable source of livelihood and income
WHAT IS CHILD SPONSORSHIP?
  • ₹ 9,000 per child per year
  • Monthly ACH Option: ₹750 per child per month
  • A minimum 3-year-long support works in the best interest of the child
  • All contributions are subject to tax exemption of 50% under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961

Ways to Donate

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 card, NetBanking, cash card, mobile payment or e-Wallet. If you are looking at sponsoring through cheque, please download our sponsorship form and post it to us.

What do you get in return?

WELCOME KIT

WELCOME KIT**

with details of the child you are linked to.

ANNUAL REPORT

ANNUAL REPORT **

An annual update from the community that the child belongs to.

CHILD’S MESSAGE

CHILD’S MESSAGE**

a bi-annual message from the child to you.

MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER

MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER**

an email update of various initiatives of ActionAid India.

PROJECT VISITS

PROJECT VISITS**

an annual visit to the project under which the child is supported.

**Only available to those who have chosen the sponsorship model

How is your
money spent?

How is your money spent?
  • of the donations we receive are used in to strengthen these initiatives on the ground.
  • of the donations we raise are used to strengthen the support systems that help us monitor and evaluate these initiatives.
  • of the funds we raise are used for activities that help us to mobilise resources and guarantee long-term support to these initiatives.

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.

Our Impact

The impact we had
  • 3,00,200

    children were extended support in 2014

  • 30,000

    children enrolled in schools

  • 40%

    of the children enrolled are girls

  • 7,176

    most marginalised children were supported to get scholarships from the government for further studies

  • 2,300

    children suffering from severe malnutrition were supported and linked to nutritional rehabilitation centres and child-care centres run by the government

  • 1,329

    children linked to mid-day meal scheme

  • 1,467

    children rescued from child labour, linked to family and school

  • 384

    adolescent girls were rescued from instances of child-marriage and were supported to pursue education

FAQ's

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, most of whom belong to the most marginalised and excluded groups in India.

We partner with local NGOs, community based organizations and people's movements to collectively address poverty, inequality and injustice.

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; people with disabilities; 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, which aim to improve the lives and living conditions of marginalised communities such as Dalit and indigenous people, rural and urban poor, women, children and minorities. 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 for the 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 for activities that help us to mobilise resources that can guarantee long term support to such initiatives.

  • What is child sponsorship?

Child sponsorship is a programme, wherein your contribution ensures education, health care support and a safe childhood to children from the most marginalised communities in India. You will be ensuring a bright future not only for your child, but also the child’s entire community.

  • How will you be making a difference?

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, including the right to dignity, right to food, right to shelter, right to education etc

  • How much should you contribute?

A minimum of Rs. 750 per child, per month. This means you will be contributing Rs. 9000/- per year, or Rs. 27000/- for three years, which makes a huge difference. You can also be a multi-sponsor, by sponsoring more than one child.

  • How long does the sponsorship go on?

We encourage you to sponsor a child for at least 3 years. You will be happy to know that many of our sponsors have shared our journey since 1972, when child sponsorship started in India.

  • Would you be able to write to your sponsored child?

Yes, of course your sponsored child will be happy to hear from you.

  • Would a visit to your sponsored child be possible?

The ActionAid team will always be willing to help arrange a visit for you, although we are unable to help with the travel costs.

  • Can I send a gift to my sponsored child?

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, which means a tax exemption of 50% of your contribution.

You can make your contribution through

  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Net Banking
  • Cash Card
  • e-Wallet
  • ACH (Standing instruction): If you are looking at donating through a monthly standing instruction to your bank, please download our donating form, fill in your personal details and the ACH section in the form and mail it to us at:
    Supporter Services Unit, c/o ActionAid Association, #139, Richmond road, Bangalore-560 025.
  • Cheque: You can also make your payment through cheque by downloading our donation form and posting it to us with your personal details and the cheque details.

ActionAid Association follows international industry standards and best practices in order to secure your data and protect your privacy:

  • We do not capture or store details of your credit card or payment option. After entering your contact details, you will be redirected to the website of the payment gateway provider, where the payment details will be captured.
  • The data transiting over the internet is encrypted. We use SSL (Standard Sockets Layer) technology for data encryption. Our SSL certificate is signed by an internationally trusted authentication agency.
  • We make every reasonable effort to prevent any loss, misuse, disclosure or modification of personal information, as well as any unauthorised access to personal information.

ActionAid Association was registered in India under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 with its registered office at New Delhi and registration number S-56828 on the 5th of October 2006.

Our Reach

Our Reach
WE WORK IN 317 DISTRICTS, INCLUDING 134 OF THE MOST BACKWARD DISTRICTS IN INDIA.

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, most of whom belong to the most marginalised and excluded groups in India.

  • ActionAid India is a full affiliate of ActionAid International.
  • In 2006, we registered in India as "ActionAid Association".
  • ActionAid works in 25 States and 1 Union Territory in India.
  • ActionAid is governed by an independent General Assembly and a Governing Board.
  • Ms. Shabana Azmi is the current Chairperson of the Governing Board.

Testimonials & Success Stories

Prakash Kandpal

'If one out of 10 people in our country supports one poor child, we can ensure that all children go to school and secure their futures.'

- Prakash Kandpal

ActionAid Donor

Shamantha

'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.'

- Shamantha

ActionAid Donor

Sandhya Berapuvvu

'I aspire to become a teacher and educate children from my village.'

-Sandhya Berapuvvu

Beneficiary

Vinoja

'I was saved from being a victim of child marriage thanks to ActionAid and Ankita, my sponsor. I am now pursuing an engineering degree.'

-Vinoja

Beneficiary