Is our Sponsored child receiving our letters?

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My wife and I have sponsored a girl in Ethiopia for almost 4 years. (Alima Ali). During that time we have sent her stickers, pictures of our Vacation Bible School, pictures of our wedding and other things. We've written to her by hand and over the internet. Various times we have asked questions. She does write us, but she has NEVER responded to a question or acknowledged the receipt of any of the little things we've sent. (She has thanked us for things like Christmas money that we sent.) We have begun to wonder if she receives the things we've sent. Please help. This is very discouraging. Thank you.
Child Number ET-955-0255. Sponsor Number2348449-5
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Hi Chris! I completely agree that whether or not the children always acknowledge it, your letters make a world of difference in their lives. Sponsoring a child many times is a selfless act in which we have chosen to pour love, encouragement, and support into a child's life. We can experience a deep sense of satisfaction and spiritual growth that comes with a commitment to pray, correspond and give - without an expectation of what a child is able to give back. Although Compassion is looking to improve child to sponsor relationships, we cannot expect more from children in poverty than they are able to give to us. 

I have some exciting news! Compassion is looking into alternative methods of sending the letters. We have to update our systems first which could take a few years. However, we are hoping to roll out very quick computerized communications between sponsor and child in the next two to three years. Our system updates are going to begin on the field side so you may see that the children will begin to communicate on updated technology faster than we will on our side of things.