Letters from our child

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I have 2 letters from our sponsored child. One was from 11/28 and One was from 12/08. They have only said heading to translation. Will I be getting these soon? Doesn't seem to usually take this long.

Also our child is from the Philippines and we got an email about a disaster there. Will we be notified that our sponsor child is ok????
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Hi, Julie! I'm not a Compassion rep, just a fellow sponsor. I think maybe I can help, though, at least until the reps return :)

From my experience, translation time can vary. I have a few kids (might be a country-level thing) whose letters usually take longer in the translation process, and 5-6 weeks is within range. On the other end of the spectrum, others can often make it through the process in just a few of weeks. (Ive even received letters within a day or two -- definitely the exception, but certainly fun!)

Regarding disasters, Compassion does not contact all sponsors of all children in an area. Rather, they contact sponsors of children affected (e.g., injury, death, loss of home). With this process, no news is indeed good news. Of course, before such contacts, Compassion first has to assess the damage. Projects check in on all of the registered children after a disaster. Disaster situations can certainly complicate and slow this process due to new problems that such disasters can cause with roads, transportation, communication channels, electricity, internet, etc., so it may take a little time.

Of note, in addition to the individual and family effects, entire projects can be affected. We had a child in Haiti during one of the big hurricanes. The family home was damaged and they had to find another place to live for awhile. The project was also damaged and could not function normally for a time while they were making repairs. I don't know whether sponsors receive notice of such project impacts, but I do know that we can make gifts to projects, which may be especially useful in such a situation.

It can be hard to wait for letters and for news after disasters. I hope all is well, and hope too that you are able to read those incoming letters soon.
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Thank you!!  Usually the letters don't show up until I can read them so I thought this was odd!  but maybe it is the new way they will be doing it??  I'm hoping to read them soon!!  Our girl writes often and I love hearing what is new and seeing her drawings and any pictures sent!!  :) I got an email that there was a disaster but that was the last we have heard!  We are praying!!!  Thank you for responding!! 

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