This Easter, as millions of children munch their way through chocolate eggs, it is important to remember that the industry that produces the cocoa survives on a massive child trafficking network, says charity World Vision.
When people sponsor a child through World Vision, or give charity gifts through their virtual gift scheme, they are helping to develop the sustainability of a whole community, leading to a safe and healthy environment for children and adults alike.
Charity ActionAid has reported a surge in people wanting to sponsor a child in India following the awards won by Slumdog Millionaire. It is having to rush the contact details of scores of Indian children to its offices. You can sponsor a chid in India through Action Aid here
The international relief and development agency World Vision has launched its two-week child sponsorship campaign with the support of Spice Girl and mum of one, Emma Bunton, appealing to people in the UK.
Thailand, the only Asian country not to have been occupied by a European power, has suffered from ongoing internal tensions associated with a political movement led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD). You can sponsor a child in Thailand here