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I contacted Compassion in March and asked about sending
photos printed on photo paper. I was told to keep the total thickness
less than 1/4". Nothing was said about a new policy. I spent
over $500 in print costs to have several hundred photos printed. In April, I sent several printed photos to my sponsored children.
In May I received the notice of the new policy. Any honorable CEO would have given a projected effective date. The Compassion CEO decided to implement the new policy without any chance for me to send the photos that I had prepared. Had a reasonable time frame been delineated I could have sent the photos to my sponsored children.
Compassion clams to have the children’s’ best interest in mind, but I believe the reason for this change was to save money so the CEO could grant himself a pay raise. Has he ever held a real photo in his hands?
1. What will happen to the photos I send? Or should I bother to send any photos?
2. Will the photos I send be scanned? This will degrade the quality. As a photographer, a scan of my photos is an insult. Why deprive the children of the joy of holding a real photograph on photo paper?
I have not heard from my sponsored children since I sent the
printed photos. I doubt if they received
them. What happened to the photos? I also wrote to them in January and I have not had a reply. I doubt if they received the letters.
I also received a letter from Compassion that stated that there was a problem with the government of the country in which one of my sponsored children lives. Does this child receive my letters? I have not heard from him in over seven months. Where does the money I send to this child go, since he is not able to receive the funds, according to the letter.
Compassion seems more concerned about maintain sponsors than
it does about being honest and transparent. I am suspicious that the sponsored
child with the government problem is no longer in the program. If that is the
case, please inform me.
I tried the new letter writing tool. Why am I forced to crop my images? Why can't they be scanned in the aspect ratio I intended? If you are going to make a change, at least do it right!
With this new system I am not able to explain the location or anything about the photos I sent. My idea was to send a note with each packet that explained each photo.
When do my children age-out?