A letter I received refers to my child as a girl when he is a boy.

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I'm having an issue that I need you to resolve for me before I will be able to continue my sponsorship. My wife and I have been sponsoring a child via your organization for over a year now. We have enjoyed interacting with our sponsored child and up until the most recent letter we received were very excited about being able to help a child in need.
Having said that, I'm disturbed by the most recent letter we have gotten. For the entirety of our sponsorship, we have been under the impression that we were sponsoring a male child by the name of Dyas. We have even received pictures of the boy that we sponsor. However in the most recent letter, Dyas' mentor/interpreter referred to him as HER throughout the entire letter. Had it been one time, I would have just assumed it was a typo and continued without concern. BUT it was the ENTIRE letter. This concerns me deeply. Not that the sex of the child that we sponsor is an issue, because it's not at all. All of God's children are equal male or female. What bothers me is who am I really sending my money to help? Is it this boy that we have pictures of? Is it a girl? Is it a scam!?
So, that's where I am. As soon as I receive a satisfactory explanation I will resume sponsorship. If I do not receive a satisfactory explanation, I will be moving my sponsorship to a place that I feel I can trust.
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Sean Lamar

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Haley, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Operations

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Hi Sean, we certainly understand your concern. I have occasionally seen this issue in our translations, and I am very sorry that it has caused you such concern. This is most likely a translation error. English is a unique language in our use of the pronouns 'His/Her and She/He". Most other languages do not use these pronouns but instead use masculine and femine forms of each word. Because of this, our translators (whose first language is not English, but is the same as the child's native languge) may misuse pronouns.

We are happy to do an indivudal query for you to our country office to validate that the child you sponsor is a boy, and that the letter was translated in error. Please call us at 800-336-7676 or email us at ciinfo@us.ci.org to receive instructions for how to start this inquiry to the country office.

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