Sponsor a child in Sierra Leone
and change their life for good
Four out of ten pre-schoolers are stunted by malnutrition in Sierra Leone. They need something to change if they're going to have a better, brighter and longer future.
The good news is that, across the world, over the last five years, 89% of the severely malnourished children we treated made a full recovery.*
And for just 85p a day, you can fight child poverty with food, healthcare, clean water, child protection and education - for a child, their family and the whole community.
Sponsor a child in Sierra Leone and save a childhood.
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Hello, I’m Mariatu
Gender: Girl | My age: 2 | My home: Jaiama Bongor, Sierra Leone
My birthday is on the 10th October and I have 1 brother and 1 sister. My favourite game is playing with dolls. In Jaiama Bongor life is hard for children like me. But sponsor me today and you can change my world for good.Sponsor Mariatu now
Mariatu's life in Sierra Leone
Mariatu’s daily needs:
For children like Mariatu, growing up in Jaiama Bongor, malnutrition is a fact of life. Families don’t have enough money to provide children with the essentials. Many children don’t go to school. Those who go to school struggle to succeed because of overcrowded classrooms and poorly-trained teachers.
- Children don't eat enough nutritious food to grow up healthy and strong.
- Schools are badly overcrowded and teachers are poorly trained.
- Parents can't afford basics like school uniform, school books and medicine.
Your sponsorship can change Mariatu's world, and her community, for good.
How Sponsorship Helps
When you sponsor a child for £26 a month it brings much needed change to one child… and many more. The benefits you help provide, extend to your child's family, their community and other children in need. This is because we partner, plan and work alongside local community members to help build healthy, sustainable communities for vulnerable children in the world’s hardest places.
We listen to the child's community and help to identify their main needs.
We work with the community to develop a long-term action plan.
We make sure immediate needs are met, then move on to start the process of deeper, sustainable change.
We train volunteers, empower local groups, and provide resources and support for the community to make changes that will last long into the future.
What will your donation actually change?
Because of our community-focused solutions, for every child you help, four more children benefit, too. Depending on the priority needs in your child’s community, as a sponsor you will be improving lives by providing:
Each year children are dying from diseases caught by drinking dirty water. World Vision is reaching one new person with clean water every 10 seconds and brings clean water to three more schools every day.
We save lives by training volunteer health care assistants, bringing vaccination programmes, and working with families to help protect their children from infection and disease ensuring the most vulnerable have access to healthcare services.
We deliver nutrition programmes and farmers' schools, teaching new techniques to grow stronger crops, protect the soil and grow kitchen gardens - helping families feed their children and saving millions of lives around the world.
Education can transform a child’s life. We’re improving basic literacy and numeracy and working alongside communities to help them better understand their children's rights, and raise their voices to protect and provide for their children.
We provide training in new skills, and support mothers to start their own businesses helping provide a stable income so children and families can have better nutrition, healthcare and greater access to education.
Create lasting change
When you sponsor a child, you transform their life by helping to create lasting changes for their entire community
Why choose World Vision?
We are the world’s largest international children’s charity, working to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places.
What makes sponsorship special?
What do I get as a sponsor?
Why sponsor a child in Sierra Leone?
Families in Sierra Leone face extreme poverty.
With a literacy rate of under 50% and life expectancy of just 58 years, children need something to change if they're going to have a better future.
Child sponsorship in Sierra Leone: the facts
• 70% of people are living in poverty.
• A mother is more likely to die in childbirth here than elsewhere in the world.
• In a group of 10 pre-school children, four will be stunted from a lack of nutrition.
World Vision have been working in Sierra Leone since 1996 and since then UK sponsors have helped over 3,000 children.
UK child sponsors have: provided food aid, helped farmers, improved sanitation and healthcare, helped children get an education, and given them a real chance for the future.
You can find out more about our child sponsorship work in Sierra Leone, here.
Please sponsor a child in Sierra Leone and save a childhood today.
Over the last five years, 89% of the severely malnourished children we treated made a full recovery.*
*Based on 261,028 children under five years old treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) from 2013 to 2017 in World Vision’s community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) programmes. The average recovery or cure rate over this fiver-year period was 89.8%.