How do you know if your sponsor child receives your letter?

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In the "your child received from you" box at the bottom of the letters I receive from my sponsor child nothing is ever checked off, but I do send him letters. Does that mean he is not receiving them or do they never check anything off?
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Jessica Elizabeth LaBedz

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Shaina Moats

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Hi Jessica! Your child is definitely receiving your letters. It takes 2-3 months for them to reach your child, so you may notice a delay. Each country has developed their own writing stationery, so I'm not sure how the check box works. What does it list as options that the child received? It's possible that the project was not taught how to use the check box correctly or that your child did not receive anything from you in a specific amount of time. I think you should ask you child in your next letter if they are receiving your letters. Hopefully, that will clarify the meaning of the check boxes. So you know, if we were ever unable to send a letter, we would let you know.
If anyone else has experience with stationery that has "I received" check boxes, please feel free to chime in.
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Janet Begun

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How will I know if our letter was received. We did it online. It shows it was sent.

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Shoshanna Lynne

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When and how will I know that my child has seen/read my letters? Is there a way to notify me on this site? Thank you!

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Confirmation of my letters read.
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Shaina Moats

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Hey there! We don't notify you when that a child receives your letter. Unless you hear from us, you may assume that they received your letter about 2-3 months after you sent it.
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My Child in Bolivia has check boxes that says things that i have given him, and it said I sent him a book about the history of Jesus and I never sent him a book about it. :) i sent him books in the past, but nothing about the history of Jesus. :)
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Nicole Howard

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The book about the History of Jesus may have been given to all the children at your project bought with the money from your monthly sponsorship costs. Or it may be the age-appropriate Bible that all Compassion children receive. In spanish the translation of 'stories' is 'historias' so it might also be a translation error.
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Kimberly Warren

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oh! That makes more sense! I saw the words historias de Jesus and I thought it ment THe history of Jesus. Now if it says Jesus stories, that makes sense. Since I sent him allot of those. Im not very spanish, so I didnt know that word. :)
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Sharon M. Ridge

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As others are I am concerned my letters/pictures aren't getting to the child I sponsor. I have sponsored for 5 years and can't remember ever getting an answer to the direct questions I put in my letters nor responses that my birthday and Christmas gifts are received.

I want to make sure my correspondence and sponsorship giving is actually getting to the child I am sponsoring.
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Please be assured that your child is receiving your letters. Your letters make a world of difference in her life. However, it is important to keep in mind that letter writing is a new concept for the children in our programs. Typically, they are more prone to verbal communication than they are to written communication. Often, they will need a staff worker or family member to assist them in writing. Sometimes, the project might even hold a day for all of the children to get together to write to their sponsors at one time. In this situation, it is common for the project worker to write a few things on the board for the children to copy down in their letter, in order to help them along.

To help improve the correspondence with your child, I would suggest responding to each letter you receive from Duverlis. This way, your letters will be more fresh in her mind so that she can be more responsive to them.You might try highlighting or underlining your questions so that they stand out to Duverlis. This will let her know that you would love to have a response to that particular question. With these suggestions, you should hopefully see an improvement in the content of Duverlis' letters.
 
As far as knowing that your support is actually benefiting your child, please please please do some research on Compassion and financial integrity. Compassion consistently receives high ratings for financial accountability and integrity. Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator, has awarded Compassion its highest rating — four stars — for 12 consecutive years, placing Compassion in the top 1 percent of all charities. Please also feel free to read the article in the June issue of Christianity Today in which economist Dr. Bruce Wydick (from the University of San Francisco) conducted a third-party, one-of-its-kind study on child sponsorship. Compassion International was the only child sponsorhsip organization that accepted his invitation. You can read his article here:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/june/want-to-change-world-sponsor-child.html 
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In addition to all of the great things Susan said I would encourage anyone who is skeptical about child sponsorship to log onto the OurCompassion forums and talk to people who have met their sponsor children on Sponsor Trip/Individual visits. I am continually amazed at the transparency of Compassion and the effort they put forth to encourage us to connect with our children!

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