Many children do write to their sponsors, though all children are different, and some letters are more detailed than others. We do ask that sponsors write the first letter and have patience in waiting for a return letter. Mail service in remote areas can be slow, and, depending on the timing of the letter, children may not be available to respond quickly (if, for example, school has let out for break or for the academic year).
We encourage the children to write a friendly letter each year. Some write more than others. Letters will be translated, if necessary, at the affiliated site or at our Richmond office before reaching you. If the child you sponsor is too young to write or has a disability, either a site coordinator or a parent/guardian may write or assist with the letter. In addition, sponsors also receive information about their sponsored child through progress reports, photos, and updates on the sites we visit.