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Letter Writing, What You Can Do
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Our oldest sponsored child, Eva, is leaving the program and we’d like to send her a farewell gift to send her on her way with our love. She has been in a tailoring program in Tanzania. What would be an appropriate amount to send to buy her a sewing machine or materials appropriate to her training?
Hi Stella! What a thoughtful farewell gift! A sewing machine in Tanzania costs about $150 USD. You might consider sending about $50-100 more for fabric or other materials that she might need to become a tailor. Thank you so much for wishing to bless Eva in such tangible ways!
This is a question (more than a comment) about child gifts. Are there ever ANY exceptions to the “nothing but paper rule” and “1/4 inch rule”??? I purchased online what I thought was a small canvas personalized with my child’s name. When it came it was wood and about 1/2″…Anyway, this could get through? It is 6 1/4″L and 4 1/4″W.
Need to know ASAP. Thanks!!!
Jeannie, you’re so sweet for thinking of your child and I know that there are so many cute things out there that are not made of paper. Regrettably, items do need to be made of paper and less than 1/4″ thick in order for us to mail your item as a document. This helps us save on hefty custom fees and avoid entire batches of letters being held up in customs. If we send items through that have metal, wood, or other prohibited materials, it can delay letters getting to the children. To answer your question, we cannot send across items that are made of wood such as the canvas you found for your child. I’m so sorry for this inconvenience :(. I would encourage you to check out our Pinterest page that has really creative ideas from our sponsors that I think you might find very helpful!
I am hosting a letter writing weekend at our church to encourage sponsors to write to their children. I would love to have this info graphic at our booth. Is there a way to get a poster of this or a way to print it out?
Hi Sue! Regrettably, we are not able to offer a poster of this, but you are welcome to save and print the image. Just right click on the image to save it. Please don’t make any changes to the image. Otherwise, you are welcome to print and use it.
I am sponsoring a child who is only 1 yr old. I am not sure how to write a letter for this situation. Should I write them with the mindset of them reading the later later in life, or should I address the letter more toward the parents who will probably be the ones reading my letter? Any advice would be helpful, Thanks in advance!!
Hi Andrew! Much of our programming for children under the age of five is focused on the guardians. We teach things like vocational skills, literacy, and parenting. In many cases, a guardian will be writing the letters with the child. This means that you are more than welcome to address your letters to your child’s guardian. As the child grows, the parent or guardian will likely read the letters to your child and they will gradually be able to write their own letters to you. Another tip that I have is to send mostly goodies like stickers or textured papers that they can touch and play with. You can send short notes to your child along with your paper gifts. This way you can still interact with your letters. I hope this helps!
Do online letters with pics get printed for kids?
Hi Laura! Yes, they sure do :). When you submit an online letter through your My Account, it comes to our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado where it is printed off on high quality colored paper and then mailed to our country offices with the rest of the hand written letters. We want your child to still have a tangible letter that they’re able to take home with them and put in a special place :).
For more tips on writing your child, I started a Facebook page of creative things you can send/letter tips. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Encouraging-Words/571351182994967?ref=hl
I threw my return envelope away and need to send my letter to my child. Can you tell me the address we send them to? I’m not seeing that anywhere on this site. My child’s number is EC-412-0612.
Hi Tracy! You can send all correspondence for your child to the following address:
(No street address necessary)
Colorado Springs, CO 80997
This is the full address. Please include your sponsor number and child number on anything you send :). Thank you so much for writing to your kiddo!
I am trying to upload a picture for my childs letter and I am having trouble. It is a jpeg file and a small size- am I doing something wrong?
Hi Nicole! I am so sorry that you’re having trouble uploading a photo on your child’s letter! Are you using your phone or the online writing tool through a desktop or laptop? Here are some troubleshooting options that may help you:
1. Try closing the browser and trying again
2. Try disabling extra toolbars or plug-ins
3. Try another browser
a. This is kind of related to #2 because different browsers will have different settings/toolbars/plugins/cookies
b. In IE, verify that Compatibility View is of
4. Try clearing cookies and temporary internet files
5. Try another network (e.g. at home vs. at work) – especially if you are seeing the firewall error
6. Try another machine
7. You may need to use a smaller photo. Try making your photo smaller in Photoshop or another photo editing software tool and upload your photo again.
If these options do not help you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can further assist you and resolve any issues you may be having. Thank you so much for writing a letter to your child! They love to receive pictures so I know this will be a very exciting letter for your child to open :).
Hi, I am wondering how I should sign my letters?
Hello Joy! When your child writes to you, he will most likely address you by your first name. Many of our children may call their sponsor mom or dad, aunt or uncle, or another personal name that they relate you to. You are welcome to sign your letters however you are comfortable and signing the name you go by is just fine. If your boy begins calling you Aunt Joy and you are comfortable with this, feel free to sign your letters as, Aunt Joy. We do encourage that you sign it the same on all of your letters so he doesn’t get confused on who is writing to him.
Thank you, Emily, for your help and your quick response!
You’re welcome, Joy! Have a blessed rest of your week and thank you for the difference you are making in your sweet child’s life!
Agree. It’s a good reminder too that kids who receive letters excel.
I have a question I haven’t seen answered anywhere else: when sending time-sensitive letters, like holiday cards, I send them several months in advance to make sure there is plenty of processing time. Does the local facility hold them until the appropriate time so my child doesn’t get a birthday card 6 weeks early?
Hi Mary! We will send your letters and cards as soon as we can. Regrettably, we do not have a way of holding, or knowing which letters need to be held, until a certain event.
Thank you for this encouragement. I have recently started sponsoring a child and for speed of communication send letters online. I have not received a response yet, but am curious. Does my sponsor child have the opportunity to take printed letters home to reread and show his family?
Hi Amanda! Yes, your sponsored child has the opportunity to take each letter home with him and likely has a special place at home where he keeps each cherished letter.
I write my Child every week but I have only received one letter from him. I wish I would get more.
Fascinating. It’s a good reminder too that kids who receive letters excel.
I really enjoy sending my sponsor children letters. I probably send a couple more than I receive. I’ll reply to letters and then send an extra for special occasions and such. What’s a good amount to write per year? I want to make sure I’m not going overboard…
I’m not so sure you can go overboard. I’ve heard of sponsors who write every week.
Hi Rachel! I love your heart to write loving letters to your children! There is a group of sponsors that writes to their children on the second Friday of every month. Once a month is great! Every two months is pretty good too. The children are required to write between two and six letters a year depending on how often their sponsor writes to them. I’d say somewhere in that range is a good amount to write.
To all loving Sponsors and Compassion International team,
I came across this interesting infographic that caught my attention when I was curating and selecting topics online. I’d like to take this opportunity to support the importance of personalized letters.
I was once sponsored by a couple in Australia when I was living in the Philippines. One of my brief personal stories is on my link with this comment. Going back to the infographic, yes I do agree 100% that personal handwriting letters are very vital to someone like me as a sponsored child. I love personal letters, customize cards and even now living in the digital age. Not all children in the “developing countries” can access internet or even have their own computers, mobiles phones, or even TV in some remote places so sharing some details of your every day chores, your work, your family, your pet family, your faith, testimonies, etc. are all interesting to know! It’s like reading pieces of book pages awaiting for the next page chapters in a personal way! For your information, I still kept all my former sponsor letters in the Philippines. Unfortunately I did not bring them with me here in Australia where I currently live with my Aussie husband.
I would blog this infographic on my hobby website especially when I could take photos of those precious letters I archived. I am a sentimental person.
Thanks, Mrs. Jennifer!! I’m sponsoring a child right now and she’s going to be 9 here shortly. I’m 19 and I’m kind of clueless as to what to write an 8 year old. You gave me a lot of helpful starter topics, and I just want to say thanks
Thank you for sharing this! For the past few days, I have researched all over your site and also the internet to find the statistic for sponsored children who do not receive letters. It is as if you have read my mind today! Love this blog and check it daily. Keeps me writing those letters! Thank you again!
Love this inforgraphic!! I hope that many sponsors see it and realize the importance of writing to their sponsored child.
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