"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…”




View Laura’s personal photos

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.


Plan International is a global children’s charity that is making a positive impact in the lives of 78 million children in over 86,000 communities around the world. One of the best ways for us and for you to make an immediate and lasting improvement to the lives of the world’s poorest children is by sponsoring one child in one community with Plan International.

When you sponsor a child, your contribution goes straight to the heart of that child’s community. Your sponsorship ensures your sponsored child  has the chance to go to school, to eat a healthy meal each day, to be safe and healthy and to have a roof over their head and food in their belly.

Sponsorship lets you follow your sponsored child’s progress every step of the way. You can be hands-on with the community and child you sponsor. You’ll write letters, exchange experiences, get regular updates and photographs and even have the opportunity to meet if you so choose.

It is your commitment to your sponsored child that allows Plan International to design, deliver and implement quality, sustainable programmes that help your sponsored child, their family and entire community.

Join us and see what a difference you can make in the life of a child in need.



For every €1 we receive, Plan International Ireland spend 93c on our programmes. The rest is spent on governance and fundraising.


Aiel Joy’s is just one story. You can can choose to sponsor a child in any of the 86,000 communities where Plan International work.



The decision to sponsor is yours, as is when you want to stop or pause. We understand circumstances change.


Together we drive real change through child sponsorship.

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