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Changes to Our Letter-Writing Process
Posted By Shaina Moats On October 12, 2011 @ 6:04 am In Letter Writing,Sponsors and Donors | 124 Comments
May 17, 2012: This post has been updated for clarity purposes.
We feel strongly about correspondence between you and your child, and we know you do too. It’s the only way to truly speak into your sponsored child’s life and for you to get to know them and influence their development.
We are committed to creating the best correspondence experience for the greatest number of sponsors and children and want to do so with programs administered wisely, efficiently and effectively.
With this in mind, the U.S. is implementing several changes to our correspondence process in the next year.
For example, if you write a letter once a week for two months, your sponsored child will receive approximately eight letters during a 60-day period and will respond to all the letters received during that time with one letter.
Please keep in mind that as our country offices move to this new process more letters will be processed overall, which will place additional demands on staff time and resources.
Despite these obstacles, we know that you still want to hear from them, and we’ve developed these templates to provide you with information you have told us you want.
Each template will represent one of six topical themes: family, favorites, center information, dreams, house, and Christian learning.
They will include a basic question and answer section, a list of prayer requests, a fill-in-the-blank section, a checkbox section, a writing section (up to four lines of text), and a space for a drawing.
These changes are scheduled to be implemented by July 1, 2012, with some countries implementing them sooner.
As always, you are welcome to write as many times as you would like to your sponsored child.
We’re still working through what these changes will look like once implemented. However, we do realize that the correspondence process is not perfect and these changes will not make it perfect.
Our goal is to make the correspondence process better for you and the children in our program, and these steps are a move in the right direction. We hope that you will benefit greatly from them.
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