Better connections from letter to letter

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We've sponsored a child since May 2005. Over the years we've always mentioned our names, answered questions that she's asked, we ask her questions, and we send pictures when requested. Our child is now 15 and she never addresses us by our names, or acknowleges that she's seen the family pictures we've sent of us or our pets, or received answers to her questions she seemed so interested in knowing. She never acknowleges that she's received our letters. The letters she sends seem very generic. In other words, like she's not responding to our letter. I understand that the conditions she lives in are extreme, but it seems there's no connection.

From the answers I've read at this site, it seems the children receive their letters and go straight home with them. I feel a change could be made that when the Center hands a letter to a child from their Sponsor, the staff member should be prepared to take the time right then and there to help the child respond to the letter, making it part of their curriculum. Then the child can take the letter home. It seems it would be better for everyone concerned.
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Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing your idea. It is true that some centers allow children to take letters home for safe keeping. Other centers keep the letters on file. However, in both cases, the child should be referring to your letter when responding so that they can answer any questions.
I'm sorry to hear that your letters are impersonal. It can be difficult for children in other cultures to learn how to communicate through writing instead of verbally. It might help if you separate your questions from your letters and numbered and highlighted them so they are more apparent.

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