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My husband and I have been sponsoring a little girl for 3 years. We have recently received a letter (supposedly from her) thanking us for her birthday present; her birthday is not until July and the letter was written in April. We deeply care about Juliette and we want to be certain that she is the one benefiting from our sponsorship. All of her letters to us have been EXTREMELY routine. We understand that letter writing is something that is not familiar to many of these children, however, the last few letters have had the exact same pictures drawn on the back with almost identical wording in the letter. We have concerns.
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ByronandLillie Zable

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good afternoon Byron and Lillie, 

I am so sorry you are having concerns. I have taken some time to look through your letters and I do see why this is concerning. I want you to know that I have sent an inquiry to Juliette's center to find out about her birthday. Often times, in other countries they do not know the exact day that a child is born, so they usually just choose a day. And honestly, often times, they change the day and some times even choose two days each year where they celebrate. But, I do want you to know that I am confirming this for you.

As far as her letters go, as your mentioned, 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. 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. Sometimes 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. If you have specific questions for your child, we suggest that you keep them brief, simple, and number and highlight each question. This will call the staff’s attention to your questions.

Thank you so much for your continued support of Juliette, and for continually writing her. I hope this is helpful! Please know that it typically takes roughly 10 weeks for an inquiry to come back to us, but we will be in touch as soon as possible. 

Have a blessed day! 
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ByronandLillie Zable

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Thank you for your prompt response to our concerns.

Blessings,
Lillie Z.

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