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I gave 3 children family gifts in November 2015. I still had not received thank you letters by July 2016, about 8 months later. Compassion staff put in a request for thank you letters.
The first letter I received was for a family gift that I gave in 2014, and had received the thank you for in 2015. The letter included the identical photo I had received last year, and the letter (newly written) summarized the same gifts as the thank you did in 2015. This made me feel like the child never received the money I gave at the end of 2015. It appeared as thought the child's center received a request for a thank you, that they had no knowledge of any gifts since the one they had already sent a thank you for, and just recent a thank you for that gift thinking maybe I never received it.
I will say that within a couple weeks I receive a new thank you and a new photo. That made me feel like since I was requesting a thank you the money I gave better get delivered to the child. Where was the money up until then? What were the intentions. I cannot believe that the letter-writing changes in April would have had any impact on a monetary gift that was given in November. I have seen thank you's for money gifts as soon as 2 months in the past.
Just today, August 12, I received thank you's for the money gifts to the other 2 children, 9 months after I gave the money online. Again, I would feel like the money never made it to the centers and the children until I inquired about why I never received a thank you.
Again, I don't want to be seeing these red flags, but they are there. I have seen a lot of excuses in the blog, but what I want to see is transparency. I dearly like the idea of being able to have a relationship with a child in another country, to be able to get to know him and encourage him with my letters, and also to be able to help with gifts that can bring a ray of sunshine and hope into a world of poverty. But are monetary gifts reaching the children? Are letters reaching a specific child? Are children really writing letters to sponsors? Why, why, why would money given as family gifts in 2015 still not have reached the child 8 months later? Would it have ever reached the children if I had not requested thank you's?