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I have been meaning to have one of you check on this for me. Can you check the ages on these 2 girls for me. It says Jastina KE3840276 is 4 and will be 5 in August. Maybe she is just really tall for a 4 year old.

Jacinta KE4130177 and it says she is 5 and will be 6 this year. Maybe she is just small for her age, but I thought I would have you guys check for me.

Thanks!
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Hi Casey! In my personal opinion, I think that Jastina looks her age, but I agree with you that Jacinta does look pretty small for being almost six years old. I went ahead and sent an inquiry to our office in Kenya to check on the ages of both of these girls however, just to be sure and see if they are able to verify their correct ages :).

I do want to explain a little bit however on why their birthday's might be incorrect. Because some African countries require birth certificates and others do not, a child's birth date may or may not be recorded in African countries. Children born in a hospital are more likely to have their birthday recorded than those born at home or any other place other than hospital. Also, because celebrating a birthday is not central to traditional African culture, most parents in rural areas may not take trouble to remember their child's birth date apart from those who anticipate that it will be absolutely required in future.
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Thank you! Thanks for the info about the birthdays too. :)
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Hi Casey! I just wanted to follow up with you and let you know we heard back from our office in Kenya regarding Jastina's age. Our office staff has confirmed that her birthday is August 2, 2010, and she is turning five years old. We are still waiting to hear back regarding Jacinta's age but I will keep you updated.
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Funny timing, Casey! After I posted this, we heard back about Jacinta! They were able to verify that she was born on October 14, 2009 and she turns six years old in October. I hope this helps clarify the concerns you had and please let me know if you have further questions! :) 
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Great thank you Emily for checking on those!  Can you check to see if I have any letters on the way? 

Thank you!
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It was my pleasure, Casey! In the month of May we received letters from the following children for you: Triza, Shadrack, Jastina, Blessilela, Ida, and Mwende in Kenya, and Dinknesh in Ethiopia. You may have already received some or all of these but I wanted to be sure an include all from this month so to not miss any.
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Thank you! I have only received two of those in the mail this month so far. I am excited to be getting more.  This will be my first letter from Jastina. :)

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