The scale and spread of the new coronavirus is worrying for all of us. To protect our children, we're hitting pause on our Chosen activities until these events can be hosted without risk of possible infection. If you've recently signed up to be chosen — thank you! We'll be contacting you with more information in the coming days. If you prefer to help a child now, you can choose a child to sponsor here. If you still wish to be chosen, please fill in the form below, and we will get back to you shortly with more information.
"Leiza and I have sponsored many kids around the world. But this was different. We had put ourselves out there, with some vulnerability, to be chosen. And of all the kids choosing among all the sponsor photos, it was a little boy with a special name who chose us," World Vision U.S. President Edgar Sandoval Sr. shares about his experience of being chosen as a sponsor for the first time.
"The child sponsorship programme is still incredibly special but I think this approach of them choosing us, is very personal. I was very touched when he introduced himself and told me what he likes. It was as if he has already touched my life,” shared Felicia Chin, Mediacorp artiste, World Vision Goodwill Ambassador and a #chosen sponsor.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Chosen?
Chosen is a new invitation to child sponsorship. This time the roles are reversed and a child is empowered to choose you as their sponsor, instead of the usual sponsorship method where you pick a child.
2. How does Chosen work?
As a sponsor, you first commit to sponsoring a child. Your photo will be sent to a choosing party in the community where children gather to choose their sponsors. Once the child has made their choice, you will get to know them through a photo and a letter from the child.
3. Does the child choose just one sponsor?
Yes, each child chooses just one sponsor. For all of World Vision’s sponsorships, a child is matched with only one sponsor, creating a unique one-to-one relationship.
4. How are children being empowered through Chosen?
One critical component of child empowerment is giving children space to develop their own opinions and act on their thoughts and preferences. Through Chosen, the child has the opportunity to select his/her own sponsor, rather than being informed of who has selected them.