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Send a Letter
Your child will love hearing from you.
Your sponsored child will feel thrilled and delighted when they feel your love and support in a message directly from you. Write them a letter today, and let them know they’re in your thoughts and prayers.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul…” –Proverbs 16:24 (NASB)
Learn how easy it is to write to your sponsored child. Watch Ivy's Story.
How to send me letters
Addressing your envelopes
Follow the three easy steps below when addressing your envelope and letter. Click on the orange “Learn More” button for detailed instructions.
Tips for writing your letter
When writing your letter, it’s important to consider your sponsored child's environment and culture. For example, it's best not to write about the things you own since your child might have very few possessions. Feel free to share about your family, friends, and interests. You can always include a colorful postcard or photo, which your sponsored child will treasure.
Please do not enclose your monthly sponsorship gift or any cash with your correspondence. In some countries it is actually against the law to possess American money. If you would like to send a special financial gift for your child, please visit the Special Gifts page or call 1.800.777.5777.
Helpful Hint: Photos of you and your family will be especially treasured. Please be sensitive when choosing photos, as standards of clothing and modesty vary in other countries.
Hearing back from your sponsored child
- Learn more about the Journey of A Letter
- The number of letters you receive from your sponsored child depends partly on the number of letters you send.
- Your sponsored child will respond to your letters; however, it's common for a reply to take up to three to four months. Remote locations and inadequate postal services can result in slower communication.
- In most cases, a staff member will need to translate the letter from the local language. (You should receive the original letter along with the translation.)
- Letter writing is a new experience for any child, and many children come from oral traditions. Feel free to write again, even if you've yet to receive a reply!