Question about books/translating

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Hi, I was thinking about sending pages of a childrens bible I love, a story or so at a time to meet  all the requirements. My sponsored child is in Kenya so I was wondering if it is okay for me to use an online english-swahili translator and attach the translation myself to ensure they can read it. Is it okay for me to do this? Thank you!
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Raechel Pacillo

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Hi Raechel! How thoughtful that you want to send your child pages of a children's bible that you enjoy! :) You are certainly welcome to send your child pages of the bible and although this is a very sweet gesture, we usually do not encourage sponsor's to translate their letters (especially long pages in the Bible) into their child's language. One reason is because when a child receives both the English copy and the Swahili copy, it helps him learn English. Another thing to keep in mind, is that everything you send is translated in country by our translators. This means that it will still go through translation, even if you translate it yourself so that we can ensure it is in your child's correct dialect and that everything is translated in a way he will understand. Many times, the online translator tool is not accurate or an efficient form of translation and so it may cause extra time for our translators to depict and will cause delay in not only your child receiving your letter, but also other letters in that same batch for that project. I do want to mention to you just in case you weren't aware; every child in our program receives an age appropriate Bible when they come to the project. So Peter already has a Bible and as he gets older, he will receive Bible's appropriate for his age and ability to read. :)
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Thank you for the responses Emily! I didn't realize even book pages would get translated..that's great! Also, didn't know about the bible Peter had. I guess I assumed he learned from the bible but didn't know for sure that he had been given an age appropriate one. That's great news! Thanks for all your help!
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You're welcome Raechel! Yes, our translators work hard to make sure anything that has words on it is translated before reaching your child. You are such a blessing to Peter and please know how much we appreciate what you are doing for him! 

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