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We started our sponsorship in June and received a very generic letter from Niyomukiza August 2nd. My children and I have wrote numerous letters and have sent him monetary gifts, gifts for his family as well as Christmas. This was a family endeavor involving giving up a monthly family activity to show our commitment. My children are very depressed that they have heard nothing at all from him and are asking if they could help someone else because he doesn't seem real to them. We also asked for both digital and hard copies of his letter and have never received the hard copy of the generic letter. . Our kids no longer even ask if we received a letter from him. Sadly we are close to canceling our sponsorship.

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Teri, I am so sorry for the discouragement you and your precious family have felt because of the lack of correspondence and personal connection with Boris :(. I can see that you have written a total of four letters to him and sent two child gifts as well as the Christmas gift to him, which I know delighted him to receive! The first letter that you received from a Compassion child does tend to be more generic as it is an introduction letter. I did actually love seeing that he listed out his family members for you and wanted you to know that he is praying for you though :)! Most likely, he wrote this letter before he had received your first letter. It currently takes two to three months for letters to be delivered between sponsors and children, though we have a new system in place that will speed up that process once it is running efficiently. I do want you to know that a second letter from Boris is currently being translated. Once it is done being processed, it will be placed on your account where it will be ready to read. The relationship with a newly sponsored child can take some time to get rolling, but once it does you should start to see letters from him come in more quickly if your family continues to write often as well. I did check on your letter preferences and saw that you are correct about receiving an email and printed copy of the letter. I resubmitted the first letter from him to be printed and mailed to you, which you should receive in the next two weeks. I am sorry that you didn't receive the first copy! Teri, your family has been wonderful to Boris already, and I know it's been difficult to feel like he isn't real. I am hoping that Boris' personality truly shines in his next letter to you, and that your family is able to enjoy sponsoring him over the years!

I also wanted to give you a little insight into Boris' experience as a Compassion child. I looked in his file to see if there was any further information about his sponsorship history and there was. Boris was sponsored by someone else just after he was registered in the program in 2014. One thing that makes Compassion's program so special for the kids is the letters that they receive from their sponsors that are full of encouragement and hope. Boris never received a letter from that sponsor. I personally can't imagine how much that must have broken his heart when there were other children in his center hearing from their sponsors. We require the children to write to their sponsors at least twice per year whether their sponsor writes back or not, so Boris was writing to his sponsor for two and a half years without receiving any word back. As a young, impressionable boy, I can't imagine how much that had to hurt. I am sure that the letters he has received from you have warmed his heart and put the biggest grin on his face. Knowing that someone who you've never met in person is praying for you and believes in you is one of the most empowering things in the world. He may be timid in his letters at first, but keep investing in this boy. I know that you will be amazed at just how much God will be able to do through your impact on his life!

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