One of the best parts about child sponsorship is the ability to have communication with your sponsored child. I had the opportunity to meet one of our sponsored children this past summer in Uganda and seeing him in his mud hut holding onto a stack of letters that our family has written him over the years was heartwarming. This family lives in a very small space and only has room for the most basic items. To see that they had made room for the stack of letters that was written to them by a family they didn't even know, made me realize how much they do cherish that communication.
When I returned from my trip, the one thing that I made sure that other child sponsor families knew is how much their letters were cherished and how important it is to write to your sponsored children. The next question I often get is, what should I write. I thought I would provide some tips that I found that may be useful for you in writing to your sponsored children.
Write about things your sponsored child is familiar with.
Talk about your family and the people living in your home. Talk about your childhood and the chores that you did growing up. Share with your sponsored child about your family and siblings when you were a child.
If your sponsored child is in school, talk to them about what you like to learn about and ask them about the things that they are learning. Tell them about things that your children are learning and share with them what you hope they are able to learn in life.
Talk about your favorite past times. Do you like to read? Do you or your children participate in sports? Share with them the things that you enjoy and ask them about the things that they like to do.
Do some research about the area that your sponsored child lives.
The area in Uganda where our sponsored children live is very tropical and surrounded by a large lake. If you look at the picture above, you can see that one of our children loves to draw pictures of fish. In fact, below is a picture of him drawing pictures with me when we met. Learning about the area that they live in will help you understand what kinds of questions to ask.