Based on enrolment data, about 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world were not in school in 2005; 57% were girls. These figures are regarded as optimistic.
Nearly one billion people entered the 21st century unable read a book or sign their names.
Less than 1% of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child in school by the year 2000 - and yet it did not happen.
Why should I sponsor a child?
Dr Virgil Zapata, founder of one of our Guatemalan ministry partners, described to us the value of education in developing countries.
"Education to Grade 6 means poverty. Education to Grade 9, means that you can lift yourself out of the poverty cycle. Education to Grade 12, i.e., completion of high school, means that as well as lifting youself out of poverty, you can lift others too - family, friends, neighbours".
ChildAid gives children in developing countries an education designed to equip them to support themselves. Perhaps most importantly, they hear the gospel and have an opportunity to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour.
Sponsorship is open to all children, regardless of faith or gender, race or ability. It never depends on a profession of Christian faith by either the child or parents. Families applying for sponsorship for their children are carefully selected, ensuring that financial support goes to the neediest.
What you can expect:
By sponsoring a child in our ChildAid scheme for £18 per month, you can expect that the child you support will receive the best quality eduation in a Christian environment.
You will receive a photograph and biography of your child, together with background information regarding our ministry partner.
You will also receive up to three letters a year from the child and reports from our ministry partner's wider activities twice a year.