Paper dolls and voodoo in Haiti?

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We are newly sponsoring a 5-year-old girl in Haiti who loves to pretend.  I would like to send paper dolls but am concerned that they might be associated with voodoo, which is prevalent in her area.  Is this concern legitimate?
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LJ

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Debbie Skacel Tovar

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It's great you are thinking of these things.  Having a few other sponsor friends that have been to Haiti to do mission work,  I have heard no fairies (one of the pastors requested that we didn't send dresses down with fairies), and for sure no Halloween items.  I don't know about paper dolls, but my thinking always is, if you are questioning it, then don't send it.  There are so many things you can send instead of something you have a question on.
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Listen to your inner judgement. Personally, I think a child would enjoy educational toys that challenge the mind yet creative. There are many options these days. Enjoy the process of buying and enhancing a child's life. Best wishes!
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Alexis, we are only able to send paper items, not educational toys.  There are so many things you can send other than paper dolls though (and still not sure they are really a problem).  There are always stickers, and coloring pages.   If you go under the blogs on the main Compassion website, there are several lists of things you can send.
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For me, it would depend on the paper doll and what came with it. I sent a light weight cardboard dollhouse with two little paper dolls (one white, one black) to one of my His Hands For Haiti girls and I wasn't worried about this particular dollar store item then and I am not now either. It is definitely something to think about for other types of paper dolls and Haiti! Thank you for raising this issue and thanks Debbie for the reminder of not sending fairies and things of that nature!!
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Hi LJ! We have not seen any issues with sending paperdolls to Haiti. However, with that said, I really recommend going with your gut when you are considering what to send to your sponsored child. When you are questioning and it seems like a grey area, it may be a good idea to play it safe and not send it. :)
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Thanks, Debbie and Susan.  Some knowledgeable and encouraging advice.  The paper dolls in question are some conservatively and casually dressed young girls. I think holding off on anything that is questionable is a good idea.  But it's good to know it hasn't been a problem and to know a few things that *are* a problem for where she lives.  Thank you for your responses!

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