Genuine Correspondence?

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I received a letter from our sponsored child one day after our letter to her was received. I viewed her letter/post card and saw that her age on the top portion of the card says “6”. We were also addressed as “sponsor” and there was no date in the date section. I’m a little confused as to what this is. Was this an actual card from our sponsored child or one that was filled out a year ago and just sent in its place??? I’m truly hoping these are genuine correspondences...
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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The first letter you get from a child is often a pre-filled out letter that they have waiting to send out to a new sponsor.  After that, the letters are written to you directly.

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The last letter I received from my sponsored child had a drawing that looked very obviously done by an adult. I had sent an email to compassion regarding the fact that I hadn’t heard from my sponsored child for a while and I was hoping that she was well and nothing terrible had happened. I got a letter from her the very next day which seemed very coincidental, but I was super happy with it.
Then I look at the drawing and I’m like hmm, nope. That’s definitely not drawn by my girl. She’s only 4. The two previous letters were basically cute scribbles and circles. Then suddenly a drawing of a full figure person? Nope. Wouldn’t be possible even if she was a talented artist at this age.
I know now not to push for letters. I honestly do not doubt the wonderfulness that is in this organisation or the integrity or how wonderful their work is in third world countries. Which is why I didn’t say anything to anyone through email or anything. But since I read this post I wanted to comment that maybe some overly keen teachers like to always present us sponsors with something and so if a child doesn’t feel like drawing or doesn’t feel like even writing a letter, they sort of give things a little push along!? lol
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Youliana, I would encourage you to contact Compassion Australia and let them know that it looks like someone has been drawing your child's pictures. Our tutors are there to help the sweet kiddos write their letters when they need it, but they shouldn't be drawing the pictures for the children. Since your sponsorship is through Compassion Australia, I cannot see the letters in our USA system. You can contact the Australia office at compassion@compassion.com.au.
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Thanks for your response.
It’s ok. As I said; I am aware of how tutors like to help the children. This is the first time it has happened and so I really don’t mind at all. I would contact them if I had any doubt that my sponsored child is receiving help. If it happens one more time, I will ask them about who has been drawing etc. I always compare the drawings and way of answering questions, so it’s never hard to tell if it’s a child or adult speaking. I’m glad for the help she’s receiving as well as her family. I hope all the children in the centre continue to have a helping hand and food in their belly’s and a roof over their head.

Plus who knows...Maybe she’s a little Picasso after all!
God bless you all for this ministry.
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Youliana, I had the same thing happen, not with the picture but with a letter. I went 6 months with no correspondence. I called compassion and right away I got a letter. It seemed really odd.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Genuine correspondence?.
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Hi Hollie! I am so sorry for the confusion and doubt that this first letter from Shela caused you. As Sarah mentioned above, we have the children write an introductory letter soon after they are enrolled in the program so that we can send it out to their sponsor as soon as they have been chosen. At the time Shela wrote this letter, she was still 6 years old since she was registered in September 2018 and her birthday is in November. She also didn't know who her sponsor would be when she wrote this, which is why it is addressed to "Sponsor" instead of to you directly by name. All the letters moving forward should address you by name and have her correct age listed as well. Thank you so much for writing to Shela twice already! If she hasn't received the first letter yet, she should receive it soon. I know she will be thrilled to hear from you and looks forward to getting to know you better :).
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BTW Hollie, if you are writing regularly it is likely you will receive "Responses" to the letter you write today a few months down the road.  So it won't be you write a letter, then they respond then you respond to them. The turn around is slower than that. So if you write a letter every month it could be several months before you see a reply to your first one.  (And since they only have two required letters they must write each year whether or not they get a letter from their sponsor, this also means it will take some time before you see the second letter in response to the first letter you write.  However, if you are regularly writing every month, the letters should come fairly regularly after that -- I get between 5 and 6 letters a year from most of my kids when I write regularly.  (They have a writing day every 2 months where they evidently reply to the letters they received since the last writing day. I have heard in some centers of having kids that will reply to a letter when it comes in, in between those writing days. But I have not had one of those kids yet. And if they miss a writing day it might be two MORE months before they get a chance to write.  If you ever go 6 months without hearing from your child, let the social media ladies know and they will send an inquiry to prompt a letter without waiting for the next assigned writing day.