connecting sponsors and student centers.

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Connecting sponsors and  student centers..Hello! I have sponsored my sweet little Jouleha in Burkino Faso for a little over a year. As you have advised others, it took a little while to get a rhythm of letters going. I am happy to say that every few months I receive a letter from her. Sometimes the questions I have asked or the gifts I have sent through the correspondence center aren't acknowledged so I do wonder if she has received the photo book, puzzle, cards and stickers. Now to my question....I remember a while back that Compassion seemed to be setting up a way for sponsors to learn more about their child's center, receive periodic letters (online) from the pastor and link up with other sponsors who might have children in the same centers so we coul dhave a little community who could pray for that center and receive updates. It wasn't fully developed at the time, but I wonder if it was taken down or if I just don't know how to navigate my way to it? Can you provide any information on initiatives to do this type of connection? thanks so much. I am so blessed to be a part of compassion and I wish I could know more about Joulehas environment, but I am just very happy to be a part of her life.
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patty

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Teresa Dawn

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There was a website called ourcompassion if that's what you mean, but it shut down.  A lot of our members have continued this on our own forum that we made which is here: http://childsponsorship.boards.net/  and there is also a couple of facebook groups if you are on facebook.  I'm in the one that Susan from Compassion started, she'll probably see this message after the holiday and be able to add you :)  Sadly we weren't able to save all the information about the projects and stuff to the forum I linked you to, but we did save as much as we could (You have to register and login to see it.)
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Hi Patty! Thank you so much for writing to your sweet Jouleha so often and sending her fun surprises in the mail! I want to assure you that she receives every photo, sticker, and letter you send.  If there is ever an item that Compassion is not able to send due to strict customs regulations, we will contact you. As long as your gifts are paper products and fit the size requirements being less than 1/4" thick and 8.5" x 11" or smaller in size, you can be confident they will reach your girl. I would encourage you to highlight/bullet/underline any questions you have for your Jouleha.  Our staff members can help her acknowledge those and answer the questions you ask her and enhance the relationship you're building with your child. I see that she is still only about 7 years old and at this age, our children are still learning to write and have someone in the project assisting them in writing letters.

You might enjoy the 'Where We Work' section of our website for fun facts and information about your child's country. Although we do not have the Our Compassion community running any longer, we would be happy to have you as part of our Facebook group for sponsor's! Please let me know if you are interested in being added to this group and I will send you an invitation in your email :).
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thank you so much for your replies. Yes I would be happy to join the facebook (if I am not already) I do receive feed from Compassion's FB occasionally.
I hope that in time and with the right resources, CI will reconsider a way to link us to others who have children in the same centers. It would be great to know the other sponsors and their children who see and play with Jouleha regularly as well as knowing who the staff members are and the pastors so we can encourage them as well.
thanks again!
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Patty, thank you for your feedback as we are always looking for ideas from our sponsor's and ways we can enhance your sponsorship experience! This is a great idea and I will pass this along to see if it is something that can be considered in the future! :)  I tried to send you an invitation for the Facebook group but regrettably, it says you were already sent the invitation. The email may be in your spam folder and would be a Facebook invitation email. If you are unable to find the email, please email us at socialmedia@compassion.com. In your email to us, provide your profile name as it appears on your Facebook account. We will need to find you through Facebook and manually add you to the group that way.

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