How investing in one girl transformed an entire community

In the developing world, millions of girls are denied their basic human rights, simply because they are girls. And yet, when we invest in girls and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential, they can create a brighter future for themselves and everyone around them.

Child Sponsorship provides that opportunity by helping children – as well as their families and entire communities – access basic rights, like education, protection, nutrition, water and healthcare.

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See how Sholy, a former sponsored girl, and her community in the Philippines, have transformed thanks to Child Sponsorship.

How Sholy’s life changed


Sholy became a sponsored child when she was 11 years old, and began exchanging letters with her sponsor from the Netherlands. She remembers her sponsors, Karin and Anna, and how their stories, encouragement and support helped her achieve an education.

“I learned about life. I learned to value education,” shared Sholy.

After she graduated from the sponsorship program, Sholy continued to build on her education, eventually becoming a Human Resources Specialist with Plan Philippines’ Emergency Response team. Today, she plays a critical role in helping communities across the Philippines respond to and recover from crises, like Typhoon Haiyan.

Inspired by the kindness of her sponsors, Sholy finds her role rewarding and an opportunity to give back – sharing the positive impact of her experiences with others.

How Sholy’s community changed

By sponsoring Sholy, Karin and Anna not only made a difference in Sholy’s life, but the lives of other children and families. Contributions from sponsors fund life-changing projects in their sponsored child’s community. In Karin and Anna’s case, they helped improve the community’s access to healthcare and education.

“The health centre is now a learning centre and still being used by the community,” shared Sholy.

Karin and Anna ignited a ripple effect of positive change that will continue to benefit Sholy’s community for generations to come! Child Sponsorship made it possible for community members to take an active role in building solutions that will help children and families thrive. Families gained the skills and knowledge needed to take ownership of these projects, and empowered them to improve their own lives for years to come.

This is the power of Child Sponsorship – a unique and personal way to make a difference in the life of a child, family and community!

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Sponsor a girl

Provide hope, opportunity and support to one special girl and her community. Invest in a girl, her community and change the world. Become a sponsor today!