Information regarding sponsored child does not reconcile

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I am a new sponsor. My child is an 18-yr-old Ethiopian girl. She is in 9th grade. Her studies show to be average. I understand that grades aren't the same there due to slow starts, etc. My issue is this: I just received my first letter from her & there was a colored picture attached. The picture looked like it had been colored but a toddler. She is 18. Even if she was slow to get schooling, coloring is basic. I am concerned. I need to know if my child is developmentally challenged. She wants to be a doctor. I need to know how to help her the best I can. I am being given incorrect or incomplete information. I want to know the truth.
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Andrea Watt

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I'm sure someone from the office will have more info for you but I will say not all kids are good drawers. I'm actually remarkably bad at all things art and I have 3 degrees (none in art) so it's not always a sign of developmental challenges. My young man in Burkina Faso is 19 and his letter forms still include a drawing section. He always puts in a very basic pencil drawing. I think he just A) isn't a great drawer, and B) is old enough that he doesn't really enjoy it. I've met him in person and he's fun and shy and sweet, but he's just not good at art: 
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Thank you for your input. I know that people are different and unique. I just want to check on it so I can get involved as needed as soon as possible. I am asking out of love & concern.
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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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My 18 year old wrote words real big in her drawing section and after that first letter didn't send a drawing at all
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Jody West

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Thanks. I'm just trying to understand it all.
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Good morning Jody, 
Thank you so much for bringing your concern to us. We always welcome questions and feedback so that we know our supporters feel up to date and involved with their children. 
I did take a look a through the letters over the last year written by Huluageresh. Although she has been in the program almost 10 years, she has only ever written roughly 10 letters total. Actually what I also noticed is that none of her other letters include pictures or colorings. To be completely honest with you, it seems to me that the only reason she colored this was because this is an intro letter form and it is required. I would guess that you will likely not receive any more colorings after this one. Furthermore, I feel like she likely felt the same way you did... she is too old to color, or uninterested in coloring so she just didn't put as much effort into the coloring as she did her letter. I do apologize for the confusion on this. If it does happen again, please let us know so that we may look further into it for you. :)
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Did she previously have a sponsor? Do you have any additional details you can provide? I'm just really anxious to understand the situation. Anything she needs from me, I'm in!
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Hi Jody! Yes, she did have a previous sponsor for quite a long time up until just a few months ago. We can't open all of her previous letters because we just started scanning letters into the system about a year and a half ago. As Shannon mentioned, none of her other letters that we can see have drawings on them. The introduction letter you received is a form style letter. We typically only use form letters for younger children, but the wrong stationary could have been printed for her introduction letter or they are using a form letter specifically for introduction letters in her project . Older children have different stationary that is mostly blank for their normal letters, leaving it up to the child what they write about. Since she is 18 and has had another sponsor for a long time, she hasn't used this introduction stationary in many years. She was probably just trying to finish her letter up and may have been bored with the drawings that were on it like  Shannon mentioned. I'm so glad to hear you are excited to sponsor her and help provide her with any support and encouragement she needs!

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