How to Write Your Sponsored Child from Your Phone

Update: Download our app from iTunes or Google Play to make writing a letter from your smartphone even easier!


You’ve been snapping a bucket load of pictures of your kids as they head back to school. Standing on your front porch. In front of the bus. By the flagpole. They’re beginning their new yearly adventure and it’s a tradition to chronicle it.

It’s also a great opportunity to share your world with the child you sponsor. Right after you take that adorable photo of your little one, you can send it off in a letter to your child across the world … right from your phone! It’s easy!

Here’s how to write your child from your phone:

1. Open a web browser on your phone and go to www.compassion.com. Tap on “My Account.”

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2. Log in to your account.

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3. Tap on “Write My Child” on the left side menu.

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4. Choose the child you’d like to write.

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5. Write a lovely letter. Share your world. Let your child know he or she is part of your family, too. Then tap “Next.”

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6. Time to add your photos. Tap “Choose Photo” to upload a picture from your phone.

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7. You can even edit it! Then tap “Upload.”

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8. Pick another photo to add or just tap “Next.”

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9. Now choose from one of the templates for your letter. Tap “Next.”

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10. Check it out before you send. No typos? Great! Tap “Send.”

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11. Oops! Hit send too soon? Don’t worry, you can still edit it. Or if you’re ready to send it off, tap “Send This Letter.”

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When your children are heading back to school is just one of the many opportunities you can take to welcome your sponsored child into your life. Think about all the other times you are snapping photos of your family throughout the year. Thanksgiving, Christmas, school choir performances, dance recitals, family vacations, track meets.

Now, you can send off those precious moments quickly and easily as they happen. What a great catalyst to ask your sponsored child about what’s going on in his or her life and build your relationship!

Have you written a letter from your phone yet? We welcome your feedback! Leave a comment and let us know how you like it!

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    Kristin February 23, 2015

    Thank You Compassion! This worked perfectly on my Samsung Galaxy S4 – Android phone from Verizon. I even ended up writing more than I normally do on the laptop! I think that is because I am so used to texting, private messaging, and FaceBooking on the cellphone, it was easier to let my thoughts flow. Composing a message came so naturally writing on the phone instead of on a laptop (and I’m old enough that I had typing class in high school with an IBM Selectric – hence the two spaces after each period). I took three pictures today and was excited at how easy it was to upload them to share with my kiddos. Way to Go Compassion!

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    Terri Febuary November 17, 2014

    I am happy to see this. I am late this month with my letter and needed a way to send him one with pictures. My computer is in the coldest room of the house, so now i can write where it is warm. : )

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    Jeremiah Lawrence October 4, 2014

    Bahaha! I’m happy to notice I am not the only one that spends the early hours of the day to write my kids! On a serious note, Love this feature. Next step: getting our kids to skype us! 🙂

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    Sarah September 12, 2014

    I like being able to send letters from my phone because Internet Explorer on my PC gets as far as the first ‘Send’, but doesn’t let me press enter on ‘Send this letter’.

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    Mary September 11, 2014

    How long does it take for the child to receive letters from the website/phone? I just wrote my first and am eager to send another.

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      Emily Vanhoutan September 11, 2014

      Hi Mary! Thank you so much for your desire to invest in your child’s life through letter writing. Each letter you send, gives a message to your child that they are loved, treasured, and cared for! Feel free to write to your child as often as you would like! All letters, including web and sent by the new cellphone tool, take 2-3 months to reach your child. When you send a letter via the web tool or through your cellphone, it comes to our office in Colorado Springs where we print it off and mail it with the handwritten letters. We want your child to still have a tangible hand held letter to be able to take home and show to his/her family and put in a special place :).

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    Dannette September 3, 2014

    Last week, we met our sponsor children on a Compassion sponsor tour. I used my phone over the hotel Wi-Fi to write to each child before leaving Bolivia. I thanked each one for our amazing day and included a photo of us together that I had taken on my phone. It worked very well!

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    Randy Bayne September 3, 2014

    Wow. This is great. Haven’t tried it yet, but love the concept. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Yvonne Reynolds September 3, 2014

    Perfect!! I believe some people are intimidated by letter writing because they are not sure what to say. Just a quick simple letter letting your sponsored child know that you are thinking of them is just what they want to hear. And how simple is this that you can write a quick note, anytime, anywhere.

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