How do I become a correspondent?

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I'd like to write a child. How do I get on the waiting list for a correspondent child?

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Hello! I hope you all are having a great day :) I am writing to request that I be added to the list for 4 correspondence children. I would love to write to 4 different girls, ages 5-10, and they can be from any country. I'll be grateful for them no matter their location! Thank you for helping with this request.
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Hi tammyb! I was not able to find your sponsor account, so do you think you could post your sponsor number or current sponsored or correspondent child's number here? Once we locate your account, we will definitely add you to the correspondent list :)!
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Hi Katherine :) My sponsor number is 3159770
Once again, I am writing to request that I be added to the list for 4 correspondence children. I would love to write to 4 different girls, ages 5-10, and they can be from any country. Thank you for your help!
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Thanks, tammyb! I have added your request to the correspondent list :). 
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Thank you, Katherine!
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May I please be put on the list for a child Ghana and from Sri Lanka. I know that it may be a long wait but that is okay with me. Thanks and God bless!
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Hi heather o! I have added your request to the correspondent list. Have a great day!
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Please could you add me to the list to write to five more children - any age, any gender, any country.  Thank you :)
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Hi Ceri! I have added your request to the correspondent list :).
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Ceri Bowen

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Thank you so much :)
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Alan

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Good morning. I should have one request on the list for a girl 12 and older from Honduras. Can I also be put on the list for a girl 12 and older from the Philippines and 12 and older from Mexico? Sponsor #2343064. Thank you for all you do.
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Hi Alan! You are on the list for one more request still, and I just added you for these two as well. Have a wonderful rest of your week :)!
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Alan

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Just to clarify, it should be a girl from Mexico. Thanks!
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Hello Alan! I have updated that request for you :).
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Can I be put on the list for one more child? I had one boy graduate and now I have an odd number of kids, which is throwing me off for some reason.
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Hi Kristen! I just added your request to the correspondent list :). Have a great weekend!
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I lost one of my correspondents (due to good news :) ) and I spoke to a rep about it today, but I couldn't tell if he added me back to the waiting list for another correspondent at the end of our conversation or not. Could you please confirm if I'm on it or not? Thanks and have a great weekend!
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Hi Alisa! That is such wonderful news about Abnner- what a blessing! You are on the waiting list, but do you have any specifications for the country, age, or gender of the child? Thanks and you have a great weekend too :)!
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Could it be for a child in Central or South America? Thank you!!
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Hi Alisa! I just changed your request to make it for a child from Central or South America. Have a great weekend! :)
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Alright. I guess I'm ready to give this a shot! I've been reluctant because I'm always hearing about people loosing their correspondent kids and I (selfishly) didn't want to put myself through that heartache! But it's not about me! It will just make heaven even better the more I have.

Can I be put on the list for a correspondent from Asia, Central America or South America. Girl would be nice since I already have three. But I'm ok with a boy as well. I prefer 12 or younger since I'm already used to writing to that age group. The only thing I request is not to have one from the Philippines. I have three kids there already and I'm planning on visiting in January on the Sponsor tour. I can't afford to add another kid to the fun days.
Thanks so much!
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Erik, your correspondent request is for a girl, over age 6, from South America. This would exclude the Philippines. You are at about number 244 on the list right now. 
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Oh it's supposed to be Asia (excluding PH), South America or Central America (see earlier comment). Sorry for the confusion.
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So sorry, Erik! I updated that request for you this morning :).
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Hello! Looks like I lost a correspondent, Fransisco! I'm assuming his sponsor dropped him. I can't take over another financial sponsorship at this time. But would you make me availible for another correspondent? Boy or girl from Asia (not Philippines), Central or South America. Age 5-10.
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Hi Erik! I am so sorry that you lost Francisco :(. We actually did place you on the waiting list already, but I just updated the request to reflect your preferences.
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My mom, Kerry, recently lost a correspondent child and she didn't receive an email explaining why. She did get a voice message but she is hard of hearing and couldn't understand the message. May you please let her know what happened? Would it be possible to put a note on her account to only email her when she loses a correspondent? My mom would like to go back on the list for a child 10 or younger from the Philippines and Thailand.

On a side note, where am I on the correspondent list?
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Hi Miriam! I'm so sorry your mom wasn't able to understand the message we left about her correspondent child. I will make a note on her account to email her when that happens instead of calling. I'm also going to send her an email today to let her know what happened with that child. I've placed your mom back on the waiting list for the request you mentioned. Your requests are numbers 46, 157 and 158 :).
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I was wondering if I could get an update on where my requests are on the correspondent list?  My sponsor number is 3978989.  I'm looking forward to sending some encouragement to another child :)  Thank you!

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Mairi, it looks like you just received two new correspondents in the last few days. Check your account for some new faces! :) I do not see any more requests on the list for you.
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Thank you so much! :)  I guess I just did not scroll down far enough on my account to see them when I checked this morning.  Could I also get an email with the history and photos for each of my girls?  God bless!

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Sure thing, Mairi! I'm sending you that email now. :)
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Thank you again!
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Mairi

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Hi, may I be added to the correspondent list for 3 more girls 13 or older?  Any country aside from India, Columbia, and Brazil as I have sponsored and correspondent kids from these countries.  My sponsor number is 3978989. Thank you so much!
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Hi Mairi! I have added your requests to the list :). 
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Hi there! I should have one request still out, so please don't move its place or anything, but I want to add 2 more requests (just one last time! I'll be plenty busy with 20. :)).

First, my last request was for a girl between ages 5-16, any place I didn't have (excluding some places where I sponsor). I want to make it more specific. I want my last three to be all in that same age bracket and girls, but I want them to be from Thailand, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. I know it could take a while, and I'm fine with that because I have so many amazing girls to write to already. :) (Not that I'm not always anxious to get more! :))

Thank you for all the girls that I have. I would like to mention the ones I've written to 6 months or more and not received a personal letter from: Carlita, (Dayanna) Nicole, Florence, Gretty, Judith, Monica, Shenille, and Tuyizere.

Thanks again!
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Hi E. Smart! I have updated and added your correspondent requests to the list :). I'm sorry that you have had to go so long without hearing from all of these ladies! There are two letters from Carlita that should be at the field office by September 27. There is also a letter from Dayanna that will be going into translation soon. Florence's letter was delivered to the country office a few days ago and there are two letters on the way from Gretty. There are three letters from Monica that are currently processing as well as two on the way from Judith, two the way from Shenille, and one from Tuyizere. So, it sounds like they have all done a good job writing and the letters have just been caught up in the translation process. I am so sorry about the wait!!
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Thank you for all the info and everything! I am sorry, I was incorrect on not hearing from Florence. How soon will I get the physical copy? Thanks for updating my correspondent requests! :D
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May I get an update on where my requests are on the correspondent list? I was reading some old letters from the boy my family sponsors, and it reminded me again how much it means to encourage these kids. My sponsor number is 3978989. Thanks!
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Hi Mairi! You requests are #217, 218, and 219 on the correspondent wait list. Thank you so much for wanting to write to these kiddos and encourage them! :)
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Could I add a few more requests to the correspondent list? I would like to add two more for boys or girls 12 or older from any country besides Brazil (where my sponsored child lives).  Then I would also like to write to a girl 10 or older from Thailand. Also may I get an update on where my previous 3 requests are on the list?  My sponsor number is 3978989.  Thank you so much!  :)
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Hi Mairi! Sure! I just added two requests for boys or girls, over age 12, from any country except Brazil. I also added one request for a girl, over age 10, from Thailand. Your requests are now at about numbers 136, 137, 138, 404, 405, 406 out of 406 total requests right now.
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Thank you!
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Hi there,

Just wondering if there are sometimes times that it shows a child goes by something other than what they prefer to be called. For instance, my welcome booklets, the website, the app, everything says that Dayanna Nicole (EC3400950) is Nicole. Same with Rosa Yadira... she supposedly goes by Yadira. Gretty goes by Eti. I think that's all. The last one sounds completely reasonable as it sounds like a nickname, but the others I'm starting to doubt completely, and I'm kind of embarrassed, because I've written Dayanna plenty of times calling her only Nicole. I would like to know if there is a bug in the system causing this, because I would not like to make the same error again with any other children. Dayanna *finally* wrote me, and it's possible she hadn't written me a first letter for so long because maybe she didn't like being called the wrong thing! She clarified in her letter that she goes by Dayanna. Please let me know, and if you don't know, please ask the department which would...

Lastly, I can't write Yamee until I see her welcome booklet which will tell me which language she speaks (I plan to write in Thai if she speaks Thai). I'm still waiting for it in the mail. Please don't delay in assigning me more children (Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are my final two requests) for the fact that I haven't written Yamee. For some reason, no one could answer me about what she speaks, even though the booklet will say! I would have mailed her a letter by now otherwise!

Best wishes and thanks for your help!

Thank you,
Elsje
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Hi Elsje! When we collect information about a child for their case study, we do ask if they have a nickname that they prefer. We include this information in the packets we send to sponsors as well as in their case study update every two years. However, the children will sometimes decide to go by a different nickname. When this happens between child updates, we encourage sponsors to just watch for the way the children sign their letters and address them with that name. I know, that can be kind of tricky when you have not received a letter in a while. There have not been any issues with our system sending the incorrect names of children to their sponsors. I am so sorry that you have not yet received information about Yamee. I see she was assigned to your account about a week ago, so you should be getting that information within the next week! Regrettably, we do not know what language each child speaks. We are only given the primary languages for the area where each child lives. I am so sorry for the inconvenience! Thank you for your understanding and have a great weekend! 
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Can I please be put on the list for one more girl 8-13 from the Philippines?
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Hi Chantel! I just put you on the waiting list for this girl today :).
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Can y'all give me an update on where my request is on the list? Thank you :) 

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Hi Emily! Your request is currently #233 :).
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Thank you so much Sarah!
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Just checked my account and found that one of my correspondents, Wilfrido from Guatemala, was removed from my account. Could you guys look into why? I'm hoping it's because his financial sponsor has decided to write and not because he has been dropped.

I know I'm already on the list, but since I am now losing Wilfrido, could you please put me on the list again for another child? Any gender or country is fine, but I'd prefer a child over age 5. :) 
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Hi Emily! I'm so sorry that you won't be able to write with Wilfrido anymore :(. You should receive more information soon, but I have found out that his financial sponsor could no longer support him :(. We pray he will be sponsored again very soon! I have placed you on our correspondent waiting list for another sweet child to write to who is older than 5. Thank you for blessing your kiddos with your letters :). 
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Thank you for letting me know, Christina. I actually received a call from Compassion right after I posted this. I prayed about it and I'd like to go ahead and pick up Wilfrido's financial sponsorship and have him put back on my account. Can you do this from your end or should I call Compassion on Monday? Thank you!

And btw I'll stay on the correspondent list even though I am (hopefully) getting Wilfrido back. :)

Emily
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Hi Emily! Thank you so much for being willing to take over the financial sponsorship for Wilfrido! I was able to place him on your account this morning. His first donation is set up to pull out on November 5th. Are you able to give a donation for him for October, or should we just keep his first donation set to pull out in November? We'll definitely leave you on the correspondent waiting list too :).
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I would prefer to keep the first donation set for November. Thanks so much!
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Hi Emily! Thanks for responding so quickly :). You are all set and your first contribution for Wilfridio will pull on November 5.
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Hoping I'm still in the queue for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh! :) I know I haven't yet written Yamee, but it's in the works! Everyone will be hearing from me soon!! :D
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Hi E. Smart! Yes, your two requests for girls, between the age of 5-16, from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are still on the correspondent waiting list :). 
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Great! Thank you! 
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Hi! I was wondering if y'all could let me know the requests that I am currently on the wait list for ? Always exciting when I get to open my account and see a new kiddo there for correspondence!

Thanks for everything
April
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Hi April! I can see that you have 5 current requests on our correspondence wait list. Your requests are the following: 2 girls from any country under 17 years old, a child from Honduras under 17 years old, a child from Bolivia under 17 years old, and a child from Uganda under 17 years old. It is definitely exciting to have your Compassion family grow! I hope you gain another sweet child to write to soon!
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Thank you so much for checking for me Christina!  I just saw that I gained precious Samuel this afternoon, super excited to get to know this little one!   Now that I have a list to keep track of which requests I have, could you add me for a boy from Peru, and a girl from anywhere in central America... any ages please

Thank you again for everything!
April
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April, I just added two requests for you - one for a boy from Peru and one for a girl from Central America. :) 
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Hello!  May I please be put on the list for 4 girls, age 18 or older, from Africa?

Thank you so much!
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May I request any correspondent in the Philippines and also any correspondent with a disability? Thank you!
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Hi all, 

Can you please tell me if I have a pending request for a Correspondent (I received a new girl about a week ago but couldn't remember if I had another request pending), and where I am on the list? Thank you :)
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Emily, you do have a pending request and it is at about number 231 out of 344 total requests. 
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Thank you!
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Tammy and Briana, I just added you both to the list. That said, Briana, we are not able to look for a correspondent with a disability. I apologize for the inconvenience. I put you down for a correspondent from the Philippines.
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Tammy, all of your requests are at about 285-288 out of 380 total requests right now. 
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Hello!  I just wanted to check in and make sure that I am still on the list for 4 more correspondent girls (ages 5-16) from any country?  I was so excited to get my two correspondent girls from Bolivia and I just wanted to make sure I am on the list for more.  Curious if I'm close at all to getting more or still way down on the list?

I love to write to these kids and hope I can at least brighten their day when they receive one of my letters!  Looking forward to brightening even more children's days :). 

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Hi Trina! Yes, we still have you on the waiting list for these four girls, but are still pretty far down the list. I hope you will see them added to your account soon though :)!
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Thank you Sarah!  I'm just curious how many correspondent kids that you typically assign each day?  So if I'm like #300 or whatever on the list (not sure what I am), I just have a better idea of how long it will take for 300 kids to get assigned to a correspondent before my name comes up.  Just curious.  Thanks! 
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Trina, it depends on the day honestly. There are days where we have 20 kids on the list and days where we have none. We typically assign kids to correspondent accounts a few times a week, but there's no telling how many kids we will get on a day to day basis.
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I'm worrying that my outstanding requests are not being considered since there is at least one child who has no letters in the system from me yet. I sent holiday correspondence ages ago now, but for all my kids, those letters are missing (not been scanned in).
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E., we actually don't look at when your last letter was when assigning correspondents. After all, some people have never had a sponsored or correspondent child before and they actually receive priority. That said, if you have not written in a year, we typically will assign the child to a different correspondent. I don't think you are anywhere near that point though. I am so sorry for the delays in our new system. Please know that we are working hard to resolve these issues as soon as possible and we are not holding it against you that these letters have not gone through just yet. 
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Thanks for the clarification! Nope, I write as often as I can, usually no more than 2 months between letters!