Because poverty shouldn’t keep a child from the classroom

Going back to school without a school uniform or necessary supplies, a child can feel ashamed and singled out. Unable to pay fees for sports or school trips means being left behind.

Some kids avoid going to school altogether because of their anxiety and shame. Even if they go, they are so embarrassed it knocks their confidence and makes it hard to learn.

You can give a child exactly what they need to have a good start to the school year through Variety’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme.

Like 11-year-old Kendall whose mum has been battling ill health while his dad lost his job due to Covid. They find it tough to cover all the back-to-school expenses. Kendall also has health issues which take him out of school sometimes. Sponsorship means Kendall can focus on making the most of his time at school.

Your donations will be tailored to the individual needs of the child you sponsor, to help support their education, health and wellbeing in the most meaningful way.

For just $50 a month you can make a difference by sponsoring a Kiwi kid today and give the gift of education to a child at the start of the school year.

Children across New Zealand are waiting to be connected with a sponsor like you.

Choose a child to sponsor


Kiwi Kid Sponsorship has life-changing benefits.

Health

Sponsored children feel their health is better.*

"I feel happier and healthier and not so stressed."

Education

Sponsored children enjoy school more and they feel they do better.*

"I'm able to try my hardest at school now due to the stationery I have."

Wellbeing

Sponsorship helps a child feel more included.*

"I feel better about myself and more confident to do things at school."

Self-esteem

Sponsorship helps a child feel more included.*

"I feel better about myself and more confident to do things at school."


What other Kiwi Kid Sponsors are saying

"I can't help all the kids but I can make a difference to one."

"We are helping a child start life – and taking a little stress off parents."

"I know we're making a real difference to a Kiwi kid's life and that's great."

"When I receive a letter from my special friend and hear what she has been doing – priceless!"


Contact our team

Our Kiwi Kid Sponsorship team is happy to answer any other questions you may have.

Email sponsorkids@variety.org.nz or phone us on 09 520 4111.