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.


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

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 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.

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2015 Data, Released August 2016.