She lives in Bokeo province, one of the poorest areas of north-western Laos. The people of her community are waiting for many things – safe drinking water, access to quality education for their children and clean toilets are just a few.
More than 50% of the children in Bokeo are malnourished, and diarrhoea – one of the biggest killers of children in poor communities – is common due to untreated water and a lack of toilets.
With the help of Plan’s long-term commitment to her community, Lily and her friends have been learning hygiene practices to prevent illnesses. Thanks to this training, as well as new toilets and our continuing work in Lily’s community, children’s health is improving.
Lily has been a sponsored child for one year. She now regularly attends preschool and can read the Lao alphabet. Her dream of becoming a teacher is possible.
For every €1 we receive, Plan International Ireland spend 93c on our programmes. The rest is spent on governance and fundraising.
Lily’s is just one story. You can can choose to sponsor a child in any of the 86,466 communities where Plan International work.
The decision to sponsor is yours, as is when you want to stop or pause. We understand circumstances change.
Child sponsorship is an effective and ethical way for you to make an immediate and lasting improvement to the lives of the world’s poorest children.
When you sponsor a child, you can actually see the impact you are having and how you are helping the boy or girl you sponsor and the community around them.
When you sponsor a child, your contribution goes straight to the heart of that child’s community, not just to the child you sponsor. Your sponsorship ensures your sponsored child has the best chance in life, and that the community around benefits in so many ways.
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.