You can sponsor an Australian child today

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

One in seven Australian children and young people are growing up in poverty1, 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 disadvantaged children are struggling at school because they don’t have what they need to fit in, catch up or keep up with their peers.


Thousands of disadvantaged children are at risk


Thousands of disadvantaged children are at risk

From the moment they are born, there’s an increased risk of these children falling through the cracks. Growing up in a jobless family where basic necessities are hard to come by, means disadvantaged children miss out on early learning experiences and opportunities that other children receive. Then, when they start school they’re already behind.

Without the learning skills and support they need, they struggle to keep up. In fact, by the time they are 15, they’ll be almost 3 years behind other children in their reading ability. As the gap between them and their classmates widens their confidence erodes, their self-esteem crumbles, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, lonely and isolated.

You can change the life of a disadvantaged Australian child

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.

Together, we can give some of Australia's most vulnerable children the support they urgently need.


Education is the key to a better future


Education is the key to a better future

Research shows that our three-pillar sponsorship approach improves educational outcomes for disadvantaged children.

Through sponsorship a child is provided the necessary financial support for vital school essentials that will help them fit in with their peers and build their confidence at school. Each sponsored child also receives guidance and support from one of our Learning for Life Coordinators who works with the child and family. Plus, sponsorship ensures access to extra educational support programs and mentoring that allows them to make the most of their education.

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 38,875 Australian children that The Smith Family sponsorship program helped last year.


Our sponsorship program helped change the lives of more than 38,875 Australian children last year. View their stories now.

* Kayla’s name, location and associated images have been changed to protect her identity.
1ACOSS & SPRC (2016) Poverty in Australia, 2016, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney.