child referred to herself as a different name

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Today I received a letter from my sponsored child in Bangladesh.  Yay!  She is five years old and still uses the help of a translator/ Social worker, as his or her name is given in the letter too.  
In today's letter it was signed Monika.  Previous letters have always been signed Shohagi.  
I'm really excited to write back to her but I'm wondering if I address her as Shohagi or Monika?  I guess i'm not sure what the custom is in Bangladesh as far as addressing someone....
  Her full name given to me is Shohagi Akter Monkia, so I know I wasn't given the wrong letter or anything.  
My instinct right now is to address her with the name given to me, so I suppose I would call her Monika in my next letter.  
Just wondering if anyone had any insights to share!  God bless! 
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Hi Rachel! I am so glad you received a letter from Monika today! The rule of thumb to follow with child names is to call them by the name that they address themselves as in their letters. Though we have her personal name as Shohagi, she may now prefer to be called Monika. You can always, always ask her about it in a letter if you still aren't sure, but I think calling her Monika would be just fine :).

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