Why can't children without sponsors receive letters?

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Why can't children without sponsors receive letters from people who are trying to encourage them but can't pay the sponsorship fee?
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Lily Ascencio

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Posted 5 months ago

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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good morning Lily, 

Thank you so much for your kind heart to want to bless our unsponsored kiddos with letters! We truly wish we could make this possible and in the future, it may be. However, we have attempted to make this work in the past and found that it does not work for a few reasons. First off, our main focus with letters is to build a strong, deep relationship with the child that encourages them throughout the program. If they continue to have letters from other sponsors come in, it may not only confuse them, but it also complicates our promise to our sponsors that we have only a one to one sponsorship. We found one major benefit of of system updates and changes in software is that our kiddos are able to be sponsored much sooner than before, which is one of the best things about our new program! This means the sooner they receive a sponsor, the sooner they will hopefully begin receiving letters. 

In addition, one really wonderful thing about the Compassion program is that our children are able to receive all the same benefits even when they are not sponsored, as if they were currently sponsored. The one thing they cannot receive are letters. I think it is truly wonderful that we have found a way to allow these kiddos all the same benefits so that even if their sponsor cancels, they do not have gaps in benefits! We know that while it may seem unfair for sponsored kiddos to receive letters while unsponsored kiddos cannot, we know that this is one wonderful way people choose to sponsor. We believe many people choose to sponsor because they truly want to not only bless the child financially, but they really want to have a relationship that can encourage and support this child for years and years to come. If we were to allow people to write to these children without committing to sponsorship, we feel that would cut down on those who want to financially sponsor and there would be less of a commitment to that child. At the end of the day, we just want what is best for those children and at this time, we feel it best to find people who want to invest in these kiddos overall. 

Again, we truly do appreciate your heart! We do have a program set up, called our correspondence program, which is in place to have writers assigned to children who are already sponsored, whose sponsors cannot write for one reason or another. If you would like to know more about this program, please let us know and we would be happy to provide you more information! :) 
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William Blair

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In some letters I write to my sponsor kids I ask them to share my letters with the other kids. I write something for them too. When you write to your sponsor child you can do the same. Some of them don't have sponsors yet and others do and don't receive any letters at all. I hope this helps.

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