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I find it odd that after two years of me writing and sending pictures the letters I receive back have never answered my questions nor any comments on my letter content or pictures. Almost think she’s only getting my money and not my letters.
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Sally Trotter

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I have visited many of our children and they all keep every letter we have written. They not only receive the letters, they cherish them. There was a great blog written about this.

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Hi Carol, 

We understand the letter writing process can be frustrating at times. We greatly appreciate the commitment you are making to bless Horlaley with your letters despite her lack of response to your questions. The project staff does an excellent job teaching the children how to respond to letters. However, keep in mind, children may not have their most recent letter with them when they reply. This means they may have forgotten questions that were asked in a previous letter. These children also communicate verbally; letter writing tends to be a foreign concept to most of them. We suggest numbering and highlighting your questions in your next letter. This will draw the project staff's attention to the questions. This usually helps with the communication process. 
We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding the letter writing process! Blessings! 
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Carol, after two entire years, if your sponsored child has not acknowledged or commented on anything at all that you have sent (especially photos), then I would question whether your letters and photos are reaching your child, or whether she is still in the program.  I don't know if you are familiar with "Occam's Razor."  It is a problem-solving principle that states that the simplest answer (the child is not getting your letters) is more likely than the more complicated explanations (your child "forgot" to bring your letters and photos to letter writing day for two years in a row, and your child and child's tutor finds letter writing a "foreign" concept).
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Meg, while there is a certain logic in the principle, I respectfully disagree in this case. I am another sponsor who has met several sponsored children. I would say that several of my children, particularly from a certain region, do not write very interesting letters. However, when they met me they were certainly aware of who I was! One came with a photo that I had sent in a letter. Both came with detailed records that included a copy of every letter we had both sent and itemized lists with photos of monetary gifts given. While the letters do not fulfill my every wish, I gain joy from the sponsorship in other ways, and know that I am making a difference.

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