Is the information from a young child truly accurate?

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I am new to sponsoring a child through CI.  I received my first letter within a couple of months.  It seems the content is more  appropriate of a much older child.  Our sponsored child is only 3 years old.  His dream is to be a Mayor.  Another example I find curious is that his favorite subject is math; the booklet we received indicated he is still too young to be in school. It made me question if we received someone else's letter.  Should I question this?
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Paula Neidengard

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Jamie Riemersma

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Well, when I was 3, I wanted to be a dog when I grew up.  So it's nice to see your boy has better aspirations!

Kidding aside, I have a 4 year old niece, and a 2 1/2 year old nephew.  They say the weirdest things sometimes, often just repeating (and rearranging) what they've heard the adults around them say, not always understanding what they are saying.  I wouldn't expect anything else from a young child, and I think it is quite normal.  Your boy is being asked questions that he maybe doesn't completely understand, or maybe he wants to give an answer that will please the adults asking.  At this point, I wouldn't worry about it.  I'd also expect to get different answers if he was asked the same questions again, after all, he's still learning who he is, and what that means.

So, if it were me, I wouldn't worry about it.  I'd see what the next couple letters say.  If they still sound like they were being written by an older child, I might call and ask for an inquiry then, but not at this point.
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If the numbers on the letterhead (child and sponsor) are correct, check the name at the bottom (letters for young kids are written by adult project workers who ask them questions and fill out the letter, so there should be a section that has child's name and project workers name) if the child's name is also correct here I think you probably got the correct letter. It never hurts to check both of those items though, the people at Compassion are really great but they are still prone to human error, I did receive a misdirected letter once. I just called and told them and mailed it back their way so they could send it to the correct sponsor.

With the adults helping the young kids I imagine there is a little bit of wait time since the kids outnumber the adults, so it could easily be that he heard the kid before him give those answers and copied them. Or he could have an older sibling he is imitating. When we visited my Mom's sponsored girl Ruth we met her younger siblings and when asked some questions they gave the same answers as big sis.
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Paula Neidengard

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Thank you both for your quick responses; it helps to get a perspective from other sponsors.  It is such a blessing to be a part of this, and knowing God will use the gifts to help meet the needs of not only Mugisha but also his family and maybe others in his community. 

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