My child keeps writing the same things in the letters

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How do children write letters? I just received one yesterday and in it, my child says the same things over and over again. (I'm fine, how are you... I'm fine how are you...) In the 3 or 4 years I have sponsored her, I don't know anything about her because all the letters say the same things - even though I ask questions in my letters to her. The only things I know about her are from the information I get from Compassion. It's a little disappointing, and it causes me to wonder if any of my letters are even getting to her. Also - there are never dates on the letters, so I have no idea how old this letter even is.
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I'm so sorry to hear that you're frustrated and discouraged with your letters from your child. Please be assured that your child is receiving your letters. 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. The project will 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 towrite 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 Julianna. 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 Julianna. 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 Julianna's letters.

If, after trying the tips above, she continues to say the same things, and not answer your questions, let me know. We can have staff work with Julianna to help improve her letters. In this case, it would be helpful to have a sample of these letters so that I can show staff what went wrong. You can send them in any of the following ways:

-Email: Scan and attach the letters in an email to

-Fax: Send the letters via fax to 719-487-4828

-Mail: Send the letters via mail to:

Compassion International

Attn. Susan, SDR

Colorado Springs, CO 80997