When you don’t have what you need to fit in, school can feel like the worst place in the world.

One in ten Australian children are growing up in disadvantage1, where even the bare necessities are hard to come by. In a family where there is no regular income, money goes on food, rent and bills. Finding money for a school uniform, proper shoes, textbooks or the next school excursion is often impossible. Through no fault of their own, these children miss out and are isolated from being different.

For $48 per month you can make a lasting difference to the life of one of these children. Because it takes a big caring family to raise a child, each student is paired with two sponsors. This ensures your sponsored child receives life-changing, comprehensive support as long as they are at school, and enables them to acquire the skills they will need to create a better future.


1 Source: ABS Labour Force Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2015 Data, Released August 2016.

Education is the key to a better future

Research shows that the best educational outcomes for a disadvantaged child are achieved by offering a combination of vital support, all of which are covered by child sponsorship.


This combination provides wrap-around help for children in need so they can:

  • Attend school regularly,
  • Complete Year 12, and
  • Move onto further education and employment post school.

This is how together, we will help a child break the cycle of disadvantage once and for all.

For less than $1.60 a day, you can give a disadvantaged Australian child the school essentials they need to fit in and get ahead.

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If you have any questions about sponsoring a disadvantaged Australian child please read our Frequently Asked Questions, call us on 1800 633 622 or email us on

Or read more about the 34,000 Australian children that The Smith Family sponsorship program helped last year.


Our sponsorship program helped change the lives of more than 34,000 Australian children last year. View their stories now.