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