sponsor child response problem

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I just received a letter from one of my sponsor children in Kenya. I have sponsored her since last June. She is almost 13 years old and writes her own letters. In the current letter, she addresses me as another name. I looked back at all the 6 letters she had written, and in 2 others she has addressed me as the same name. In one other letter, I think it happened again and the name was whited-out and my name written over it. Since last June I have written 17 letters and I do write my name twice per letter. I am very disturbed that she doesn't even know my name after one year. She can read and write english so it's not a language barrier. She is in Grade 7 at school.
I have sponsored many kids and this is the first time something like this has occurred. I am very upset and am seriously thinking of stopping the sponsorship. Something is definitely wrong with what the child has been receiving or not receiving, or with the center to which she belongs. Any advice?
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Ruth Solomon

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Hi Ruth, I'm just another sponsor like you but I will tell you what I would do in your situation. I'm sure someone from CI will chime in too when they see this!
I would scan the letters and email Compassion telling them what you've said on here. I would ask them to look into this for you. They'll take the info you've given them, along with the scanned letters and forward that on to the country office to see what's going on for you.
If emailing it isn't an option you can send the letters in question with a note to CI about your concerns.
I think I've seen this issue on here once before and the problem ended up being that the child was addressing his/her former sponsor in the letters, so that could be a possibility!
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Oops, hit enter too soon. Wanted to also say I hope CI is able to figure out what's going on for you, I imagine I would be concerned too if I had this problem.
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I really don't care if my child writes. I would love to hear from him but I looked up where he lives. My heart just broke for him and all the people in that country. I trust God to get the money, gifts and letters to him. I just want him safe, loving Jesus, his health to be taken care of and meet the needs of his family. I would sponsor more if I could. I know he is in God's hands and I have faith God will take care of him. So if you don't receive letters let it go and know they are in God's hands.
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Kitty, I understand what you're saying and while we don't sponsor for the letters it is something that the centers are supposed to do. Compassion does want to know if you aren't receiving letters (a minimum of 2 a year). Letters do a couple of things. They put the sponsors mind at ease that the child is, in fact, still in the program and attending the center. They give you insight into your child's world and make you aware of anything the child may need pray for. They also help form a bond between sponsor and child, which many former sponsored children say was very important to them during their Compassion days.
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I certainly understand your frustration, Ruth! Please email us a copy of the letters with this mistake to ciinfo@us.ci.org so we can contact our field office.
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Thanks for the replies and advice. I will contact the Compassion center in my country and proceed from there. I don’t live in the US but I enjoy reading the questions and answers on this blog every day. This situation with one of my kids hasn’t soured me on sponsorship at all. I’ve been sponsoring for over 30 years and I love blessing young people achieve their God-given potential! I want to continue being a sponsor for life.

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