"The best thing you can give a
child is a chance"

Laura Whitmore visits her sponsored child, Aiel Joy in the Philippines.

Last week, after five years of letter writing, Laura finally met her sponsored child, Aiel Joy.

Like so many Irish sponsors, Laura wanted to meet, Aiel Joy, the young girl she has been sponsoring, and to see first hand how Aiel Joy’s community has developed through child sponsorship.

Aiel Joy’s life has been changed because of Child Sponsorship. She goes to a good school, with books, equipment and properly trained teachers. Her village has a health clinic with a full time midwife and nurse. Her community is being strengthened to make sure it doesn’t get washed away again, like in 2013, when Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Daram Island.

The best thing about Child Sponsorship is that the impact is felt far and wide. The whole community prospers – even those that aren’t directly sponsored. Everyone can go to the school, everyone can use the health clinic and every family gets help and advice about how to react to future disasters.

Aiel Joy is lucky. She’s sponsored by Laura. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a sponsor. Too many vulnerable children, in some of the world’s poorest communities, don’t have that person looking out for them, sending them letters and asking how they are.

It doesn’t matter that they are 12,000km away. It’s the fact that someone, somewhere is thinking about them and looking out for them.

This is where child sponsorship comes in:

By sponsoring today you can change a life forever. Just €5 a week helps provide a child with clean water, education and a safer and more stable community to grow up in.

Through child sponsorship with Plan International, you can make sure a child like Aiel Joy attends a good school. You can ensure her teachers are well trained and that her classrooms are well equipped. You will help us make sure that her community has health facilities for when they are sick. All this for less than 80c a day.

Who knows, you might just find yourself on a boat heading towards a remote island in the Philippines to meet the child whose life you have helped to change for the better!

“I feel lucky because I had an education. I have access to clean water. I have a safe place to sleep…”




Here are some of Laura’s photos from the Philippines

Laura with some young children who attend a Plan International Child Friendly Space in Tacloban which was set up in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Aiel Joy with her mother Lisa, and three of her siblings.
Laura and her mother, Carmel in Aiel Joy's home.