Does my sponsored child receive or read my letters?

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I just received a letter from the child that I sponsor asking if I have any children. In all of my letter I have talked about my children and have sent pictures. Honestly, I am discouraged and wonder if my letters have been received. This was too big of a detail to have missed. Thinking of cancelling my sponsorship.
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Lee-Ann Marchwick

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Hi Lee-Ann, 

I am so sorry to hear that issue with this letter is making you feel led to cancel your sponsorship of Naira! Please know that your child does receive your letters and I am sure that she is excited to receive them. 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.

I also notice that you write about one time per year, or even every couple years. This does make it quite difficult for a child to engage with you about your life, and I would say that them forgetting you have children would not be unrealistic. If you are writing more, please do let us know. I would hate to think we are missing letters! I would encourage you to maybe even break your letter up into two letters per year, that way your child can address more of your content in each letter, as I do see that you truly pour your heart out to your child when you do write. We do find that it is a bit easier for a child to have a conversation with a sponsor when the sponsor writes more often, even if that means a little less content to keep it simple for them. 

Lastly, 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 and they can help your child write a response to you. 

I hope this is helpful! And again, if you have been writing more than this, please do let us know so we can ensure no letters are being missed! 

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