MY SPONSORED CHILD
We’ll let your sponsored child know they’re sponsored as soon as possible. You should receive an introductory letter from your sponsored child within three or four months of signing up to sponsor. Keep in mind that although your sponsored child will now know they’re sponsored, they won’t know anything about you until you begin to write to them.
When our staff take photos of the children they do encourage them to smile. However, in some cultures, smiling for the photograph is not the norm. In other cases, the children may have never seen a camera or have rarely been photographed. They tend to take the practice very seriously.
Although it may seem your sponsored child is at an age when they should be able to write, many children have not had the necessary education to write well or write an entire letter in English. The education standard in rural areas is not as advanced compared to those in urban areas where children start school earlier. A disadvantage to living in rural areas is that children need to be fully grown in order to walk the distance to school, many of which are a far walk from home. Because children in rural areas generally start school late, their ability to read and write is limited. This is one reason why letters are sometimes written by a family member or helper on behalf of the child.
Oftentimes, listing your questions instead of writing them in a paragraph can make it easier for our staff and volunteers to translate and get answers.
Many of our children struggle with the concept of writing a letter. You are probably the only person your child will ever write a letter to, and sometimes children have trouble grasping the concept of having a “conversation” by mail. When children receive their letters, they often take them home and put them in a special place, many times on their wall next to our picture. When it is letter writing day at their project, they may forget to bring your letter back and may not have any references to your letter’s content. If only necessary, the staff will write a list of suggestions or letter samples on the board to help the children in their letter writing. This is one reason letters can sound scripted or unoriginal; out of a deep desire to communicate with their sponsors, children will copy the samples or follow the list word for word.
I hope this helps clarify a little more about the letter process, but please let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org We would be happy to help you with any questions you may have!
There could be a variety of factors that contribute to this. A few to consider are:
– Your child lacks motor skills to draw
– Your child doesn’t know how or what to draw
– Your child was interrupted from play or chores at the time
– Your child wasn’t feeling well at the time (hungry, ill, etc.)
– Your child wasn’t feeling artistic at the time.
Each year, we’ll send you a progress report in the mail updating you about your child’s health and educational status. This report will also include a new photo, so you can watch your child grow up.
If it’s been more than a year since you last received a progress report, we will be glad to communicate with the national office for you. Please give us a call at 1-800-783-4157.
We understand circumstances arise that make it difficult to continue sponsorship. We would love to work with you to make adjustments to your account so you can continue your relationship with your sponsored child if you would like to. Give us a call at 1-800-783-4157. and we can let you know about options such as a temporary reduced rate or putting your sponsorship on hold. And if you would like to cancel your sponsorship we are happy to assist you with that.