In Africa, children living in poverty often face huge hurdles when it comes to getting an education. Often, particularly in the areas where Children Incorporated works in Africa, attending school requires fees for teacher salaries, uniforms, books, school lunches and even the use of a desk. For families who already struggle to make ends meet, sending children to school is often not an option. Even if parents can afford the school fees, impoverished households often do not allow for study time due to lack of electricity, crowded conditions in the home, or the need for children to work after school to help support their families. Children might not have enough food to eat at home, therefore going to school hungry and ill-prepared for the learning.

Our sponsors and donors provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, and educational support to children living in poverty.

Shelley Callahan, Children Incorporated’s Director of Development, says, “What I have seen through my work with Children Incorporated, is that in Kenya and Ethiopia, families have a lot of difficulty choosing between sending their children to school and paying for housing and bills, because they can’t afford to do both. Our support is desperately needed to educate youth living in poverty in these countries, and that can be accomplished directly through sponsorship.”

 Facts about Childhood Poverty in Africa

  • The poverty rate in East Africa hovers around 40%, making it difficult for families to afford school fees
  • According to the World Bank, more than one-fifth of primary age children are not attending school
  • Girls are more likely than boys to stay out of school due to household responsibilities, menstruation, or because the family does not think it is important for a girl to be educated


Children Incorporated provides resources to children in Africa through our sponsorship program because we passionately believe that children everywhere deserve education, hope, and opportunity. Our sponsors and donors provide basic necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, and educational support to children living in poverty. These essentials are vital to a child’s growth and ability to attend school and succeed.


You can help a child living in Africa receive an education by becoming a sponsor today. Sponsorship provides an underprivileged child with basic and education-related necessities such as food, clothing, healthcare, school supplies, and school tuition payments. This vital support allows impoverished, vulnerable children to develop to their full potential – physically, emotionally, and socially. Sponsors positively impact the lives of the children they sponsor through the simple knowledge that someone cares about their well-being. This gives children in need hope, which is powerful.

Our policy has always been to consider the needs of each sponsored child on an individual basis. We work closely with our volunteer coordinators at our affiliated sites, who are familiar with each individual circumstance and the needs of every child in their care. Our on-site volunteer coordinators use sponsorship donations to purchase basic and education-related items for children in our program, to ensure that they have what they need to do their very best and succeed in school.



 You can sponsor a child with Children Incorporated in one of three ways: call our office at 1-800-538-5381 and speak with one of our staff members; email us at; or go online to our donation portal, create an account, and search for a child that is available for sponsorship.


written by Children Incorporated

We provide children living in poverty with education, hope and opportunity so they have the chance for a brighter future. Thanks to past and current supporters around the globe, we work with 225 affiliated sites in 20 countries to offer basic needs, emergency relief, and community support to thousands of children and their families each year.

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