How do I become a correspondent to a child?

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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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Hi Miriam! I just added you to the correspondent waiting list for two girls as well. As soon as a child becomes available for this program, we will send you their packet.
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My mom, Kerry, would like to be added to the waiting list for 4 kids ages 6-12. She wants one to be a girl from Bolivia, another to be a boy from Ecuador, the next to be a girl from Thailand, and the last to be a boy from Thailand. I hope this all made sense :)
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May I please be added to the corresponsent list for 2 children from Thailand and 2 from Columbia? Thanks!
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Miriam, I just added your mom to the correspondent waiting list for four children. 

Lindsay, I just added you to the correspondent waiting list for four children too. :)
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Thanks so much, Susan! One thing- I just got a new correspondent on my account from the Philippines. I'm super pleased to keep him, but I want to make sure I'm still on the list for my standing requests. Looking back over the last few pages of this thread, it looks like I'd be waiting for 2 from Thailand, 2 from Columbia, and a reamining 1 from Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda. I feel like Noah's Ark over here. Looking back at my requests, I always seem to go 2x2.
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Lindsay, you always crack me up with your posts! :) Yes, you're on the list for the kiddos you requested this morning as well as one each from Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda. 
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Can you add me to the list for a child from ME and a child from TZ?
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Sure thing, Deb! :)
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Hello ladies! Could you please add me to the list for a 3 yr old girl anywhere in Central America or South America? My 3 yr old daughter sees her big sister getting to help write to Vanessa, and she is now asking if she can help write to a girl her own age too. Makes my heart happy :) Thank you!
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Awe, Jennifer! That excites me so much to hear that even your younger daughter sees the beauty in building a relationship with a child like Vanessa is doing. You have a beautiful family :). I have added you to the waiting list for a little girl from Central or South America, today. 
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Thank you, Emily! :)
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I would like to be a correspondent sponsor to another child, to any young lady age 10 or over from Burkina Faso, Rwanda, or Togo please.
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Wonderful, Denise! I have added you to the waiting list today :). Thank you for your wonderful letter writing to your two girls that you have currently!
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Thank you so much!  I have already had fun writing to the two young ladies assigned to me, and I can't wait to write more!  Do you have any idea as to when I might get my first letters from them?
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Denise, it can take anywhere between one to six months for first letters to arrive from correspondent children. It does take a little time to get these relationships underway but after six months or so the letters will begin to come more quickly.  
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I see...thanks so much and I look forward to receiving letters in the future. :3
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This may be an odd request haha, but I am wondering if I could be put on the correspondent list for a girl from one of the projects in the 200s in Bolivia. I really love the traditional culture of the rural La Paz, Bolivia. I know it could take a while. Thank you!!
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Hi Hilary! I have added you to the waiting list for a girl from one of our projects in the La Paz/El Alto rural area. :) I love that you have a heart for that area and we will definitely try to find you a child that needs your love from there! 
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Hilary, where is the Flickr map? 
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https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/compass...

Hopefully this link will work. It shows where projects are located in each country. They are old though so they don't show newer projects.
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Amazing, thank you!
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Thank you so much, Emily!!
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Can you add me to the list for a child from ET and a child from RW
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Hi Deb! I just added you to the waiting list for a child from Ethiopia and a child from Rwanda! Thank you so much for loving and writing to these precious children! 
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Can I be added on the waiting list to correspond with a girl child from anywhere, but between the ages of 7 - 12? My 10 year old daughter wants to write with me and would like her to be close in age to her. Thank you so much for your time!
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Hi Carrie! Certainly! What a fun project with your daughter! :) I just added you to the waiting list. As soon as a child who matches your preferences becomes available for this program, we will send you her packet so that you can begin writing. 
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Thank you very much Susan! I appreciate it!
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We are so very excited to have been assigned a correspondent child so quickly... We have already wrote to her via the online letter program!  Both my daughter and I discussed the responsibility of this commitment, and I would like to be placed on the list for 2 more children, girls between the ages of 7- 11 (no preference on location). Thank you so much for all your time!
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Good morning Carrie! I'm so glad that you have already written to My-cherdie and that you and your daughter feel led to write two additional girls! I have placed you on our waiting list today :). 
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Thank you Emily!
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I was just assigned 2 correspondent children yesterday and we are working on writing our letters to them now.  My son feels very strongly that we were supposed to have one more child to write to and after thinking it over and praying about it I do have to agree with him.  Would it be possible to be placed on the list for at least one more correspondent child? 
Thanks
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Hi Kate! Thank you so much for working on your first letters to Farida and Yerson! They will be excited to hear from you. I'm encouraged by how passionate your son is to write to children and have added you to the waiting list for an additional child.  
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In memory of the correspondent I lost yesterday, may I be put on the list for 2 from Mexico and 2 from DR?
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Lindsay, I'm so very sorry that you're no longer corresponding with Bladin :(. As requested, I have added you to the waiting list for four additional children. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Do you have to be a sponsor first?.

Must a person already be a sponsor to be a correspondent? 
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Hi Sara! :) The only requirement to be a correspondent is that you write to your child at least three times per year. If you know someone that's interested in our correspondent program that you believe would be a great letter writer to a child, have them email Susan or I at socialmedia@compassion.com with their contact information and we can get them set up! 
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Can you put me on the list for an older teen boy, 14 or older from Colombia? 
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Am I still on the list for a girl that is 8 or older from Guatemala?

I also have a very specific request for my next correspondence kid. I would like to be a correspondent for a girl in Arbaminch, Ethiopia. I know of at least two centers in that area, ET453 and ET550. I want to write to a girl from that area because my dad was a missionary kid in Ethiopia for 10 years. His favorite place there was a town called Chencha, which is just up the mountain from Arbaminch :)
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Good morning, Miriam! You sure are still on the list :). Our list is farely short so my hope is you will receive your girl very soon. We have several projects in Arbaminch. I added you to the list for a girl from ET453, ET550, ET553, ET142, ET335, or ET143 but please know that it may take several months to receive a correspondent from this area. I love your heart for that region and that you're doing it in honor of your father :).
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Can I be added to the list for 4 teen girls between the ages of 12 and 17?
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Hi Marissa! Certainly! I just added you to the list for four more correspondent teen girls. 
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Hi could I please be placed on the correspondent list for 4 girls between the ages of 7 and 12- one from Honduras, one from Bolivia, and 2 from anywhere! Thanks :)
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I thought I was on the list for 3 girls- one from anywhere between the ages of 7 and 12, one from Asia, and one from Nicaragua. I knew he couldn't be my Nicaragua request. Is this what is on the list?
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Hilary, I show two girls from Nicaragua and one child from Asia on the request list. I just changed one of the Nicaragua girl requests to a girl from anywhere between the ages of 7-12 so that hopefully this matches what you had intended to ask. Is this alright?
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Thank you, that's perfect. It's likely I am going crazy :).
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Ok I just wanted to make sure that I am still on the list for a girl from Nicaragua :). I found girls from ME, IN, and PH this morning which is awesome, but I would still love a NI girl. Thanks!
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Hi Hilary! Yes, you are still on the list for a girl from Nicaragua. :)
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I am losing my Johana.  Could I please be added to correspondence list for an orphan or child from a single parent home anywhere.  Thank you.
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Good morning, Sara. I'm so very sorry that you lost sweet Johana :(. Regrettably, it is not possible to look into whether the children we're assigning are orphans from single parent homes. Information such as this requires deeper research in our system than is possible with a correspondent request, especially when we have so many children to assign. Our system only shows us the child number, country, name, and gender. I'm sorry that we can't honor this but I have added you to the waiting list for another child today. Please let me know if you have any of the above preferences and I can update your request.

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Oh, ok.  Any child then.  Thank you for clarifying the system.
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Can I get info on my correspondent Mary Njeri? 3297568 Thanks!
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Good morning, Marissa :). I just sent you an email with her sibling information, sponsorship, letter, and gift history. I hope this helps you better understand your girls past with Compassion.
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Hi, may I request for information on my correspondent children -- especially the older ones? I would like to know if they did receive gifts from their sponsors and if they had been sponsored more than once (if that information is possible). I would also like to be put on the list for two children aged 12 or above, one from any of the African countries and one from Peru. 

My sponsor number is  2787338.

Thank you and God bless!
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Hi Rowena! I am sending you an email with this information and have added you to the waiting list :). 
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Thanks so much Emily - I got your email! :)
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Hey, Emily and Susan, I have a weird thing about odd numbers haha so can I have one more girl 10 or under from Bolivia, Nicaragua, or Peru? Thanks!
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Hey Emily, I just received a boy from Nicaragua. Can I possibly have him replaced with a girl from a Spanish speaking country 10 or under. Thanks!
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Hi Hilary! I'm sorry that you were assigned a boy by mistake :(. I have removed him from your account and you're still on the list for a girl.
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Thank you, Emily. I feel guilty but I know someone will be a great writer for him!
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I will take him
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Please don't feel bad at all, Hilary! You're a blessing and that was our error :). He didn't even know that you would have been his correspondent yet so this will not effect him at all.

Chelsie, I'm sorry but I couldn't assign him to you as we had many other requests on the waiting list and he was immediately assigned to another correspondent. But thank you so much for offering and for your willing heart :).
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Hello. I'm currently a correspondent to a girl in the Dominican Republic. Would I be able to get on the waiting list for a girl or boy between the ages of 10 and 18? It doesn't matter where. Thank you. :)
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Hi Abigail! Thank you for writing to Rhuamy, I know she loves to hear from you :). I added you to the waiting list and we'll assign another child to you at the next opportunity. Have a blessed weekend :).
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Hello ladies! Can I get added to the list for a little girl from Sri Lanka under 12? I've really been feeling like there is a little one there God has for me. Thanks!
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Hi Kate! Because Sri Lanka is such a small country, we hardly ever receive correspondent children from there. Please let me know if you would like to change your request to a different country. We received 8 requests for Sri Lankan kids in the last year and were only able to fill 2 of them. :(
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Is it ok just to wait on the list? I'm not in any hurry, but I have been fighting this sense this week that there is someone there for me. I had thought my little family was complete, but I feel like God is asking me to trust Him. If not, that's fine. Just let me know.
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Also, can I find out if I have any letters headed my way? Thanks!
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Kate, as of now, we cannot add any requests to the waiting list for Sri Lanka. I'm very sorry for the inconvenience but in the future, if we're able to fill these requests again, I've made a note to myself to place you on the list right away :).

Below are the letters we have received for you beginning in April, so you may have already received some of these letters:

Ayada
Maria
Martha
Cornelia
Carolyne
Pamela

I pray you have a blessed weekend!
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Ok. Thank you for letting me know. :((
Thanks! I look forward to seeing them!
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If I wanted to write to a correspondent child, would they be able to be added to my UK account or would I need to set up a US account? Thanks!
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Hi Katie! Both the US and the UK assign correspondent children. We ask that you contact the UK office and ask for a correspondent child from there first. If they do not have any correspondent children currently available, feel free to contact us and we will add you to our list. Regrettably, we would need to setup a US account for that because correspondent children cannot be transferred between countries. 
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Great, thanks for your help.
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Hi Emily (and Susan), I couldn't remember, but I think I'm still on the correspondent list, and was wondering what my request was? I think a girl 10 and under from a Spanish speaking country maybe? Something like that :).

Also on a completely unrelated note, I noticed a new Bolivian child on my account to replace Cecilia. She is really young so I don't think I will sponsor her. I'm thinking about sponsoring another girl from Bolivia, and I'm wondering if I decided to is there a way to see if there are any girls between the ages of 8 and 11 in the traditional Bolivian dress that need a sponsor? I know that is a really specific request and there probably isn't a search feature for "cute girls in Traditional Bolivian attire", but that's where my heart is in Bolivia. If that isn't possible I totally understand. Just curious!
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Hi Hilary! Yes, you are still on the list for a girl, aged 10, from Nicaragua, Bolivia, or Peru. As far as the replacement child for Cecilia, we really want to find a child that you can connect with. I was thinking "that has got to be something we could do." haha. Regrettably, I just looked through photos of all the girls aged 8-11 that we currently have available from Bolivia and none of them have traditional dress on in their photos. We can try to keep looking but it is turning out to be harder than I thought. :( If you have other preferences or if you find a different child that you would like to switch out this new child for, just let us know. 
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Hi Susan, thank you so much for checking for me :). I know it's a crazy request haha. Are there any Bolivian girls in traditional dress of any age? I really don't want to cause you too much work though! Also my correspondent request can be for age 10 or under, not just age 10! Thanks!!
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Also could I be on the list for 2 more girls from Honduras :). Thanks!
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Hi Hilary! After looking through over 100 children, I couldn't find any girls that took pictures in the traditional dress that you may be looking for (bright colorful costume dresses/skirts with bombin style hats). I've found that Bolivian clothing, dress and hat styles differ by region and climate, but I have found that many of our girls in Bolivia wear dresses and pleaded skirts going down to their ankles or knees. If you're okay with a girl in a skirt or dress, I can certainly accommodate this request. I'm sorry that I was unable to find a girl for you in clothing that you were hoping, however :(. I will definitely keep my eyes out, however and let you know if I come across any! 

As requested, I have also added you to the list for two more ladies from Honduras :). 

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