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Who physically writes the handwritten letters from sponsored children? I would think by the time a child is 13 or 14 they would be writing their own letters. And likely even an 11-year old.
Unfortunately, I just discovered the handwriting doesn't match for at least one of my children, and it used to. Is there really a special child whom I sponsored writing these letters? If their was a child was writing to me, why would someone else write the latest letters? There was no mention that someone else wrote the letters. With the big letter-writing changes in April, is it even in the plans for children to keep writing their sponsors personally?
I have a younger child, and their letters use to be written by one of the staff at the Compassion center, and the letter at least sometimes indicated that it was being written by staff.
I very strongly believed in Compassion, and I don't want to be seeing these red flags, but they are waving in my face. If it weren't that I truly want to continue a relationship with the children I chose to sponsor, I would give my money to another charity until I had reason to believe that things were being carried out as expected. Unfortunately, if these children are real and in real need and receiving help from Compassion in their countries, I would never drop them. I feel like sponsors are really 'over a barrel' if they feel like something may not be right.