Suggested Guidelines for Communicating with your Child

We have seen firsthand how excited the children are to hear from their sponsors.  I have explained to the children that someone, a sponsor, in the United States is paying for them to attend school.  I have explained that this sponsor is making a sacrifice in order to help them. They understand, they are so thankful, and they want to know more about this generous American!
     • When writing letters, please keep in mind that some of the children understand limited English, especially the younger ones.  Keep it simple.
     • I don’t recall seeing any cursive writing, stick to printing.
     • Tell them anything you want them to know about you; your family, your pets, your job, your hobbies. 
     • Feel free to ask questions. The children receive help in reading your letters and writing back so they will try to answer questions.
     • Do not send gifts, candy or money.  Do send cards, letters and photos.  They love the photos!
     • Suggested photos: family members, pets, local landscape.  Photos of seashells, the beach and a church were a big hit with the kids recently.
     • Be sensitive to cultural differences and differences in standard of living.  A photo of the family gathered at the table for a thanksgiving feast or of children opening gifts at Christmas might make your child feel badly.
Mail to and from Kenya is unreliable.  Usually either I or my colleagues will deliver correspondence between sponsors and their children during one of our trips.  We appreciate your patience when waiting for a letter or a reply from your child.

Please send your correspondence to your child to:
3213 Barlow Court
Wilmington, NC 28409

One morning an elderly man came upon a boy surrounded by thousands of starfish.  As eagerly as he could, the youngster was picking them up and throwing them back into the ocean.  The old man chuckled and said, Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you.  What difference can you make?  Gently tossing the starfish into the water, the boy said, It will make a difference to that one!​​
-author unknown​
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