Do children write to their sponsors?

Many children do write to their sponsors, though all children are different, and some are better at writing 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 […]

What should I write about?

The children enjoy learning about the lives of their sponsors.  Writing about your own family (children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, etc.) is always a good place to start.  The children also like to learn about your part of the world, what you do for a living, your hobbies and interests, and any pets you may have.

May I write to the child I sponsor?

Yes!  Corresponding with your sponsored child can be a delightful experience, and you will find your sponsored child’s project address enclosed in the child’s informational brochure.  Our project volunteers will translate your letter, if necessary, and deliver it to the child you sponsor.

May I send packages to the U.S. child I sponsor?

Yes.  Sending a gift can be a way of helping your sponsored child at certain times of the year or letting the child know you are thinking of him or her.  Here are some suggested guidelines: Monetary gifts should be sent directly to our Richmond, Virginia office for processing and distribution, since our project coordinators are not able to process checks or cash.  However, already-purchased items should be mailed directly to your sponsored child’s school […]

Are there deadlines for sending additional monetary gifts for the child I sponsor?

Yes.  It takes time to process a gift and send it to the child you sponsor child, particularly if your child lives in a foreign country.  To send additional monetary gifts to your sponsored child, please make sure the gift arrives in our Richmond, VA office at least sixty days prior to the date you would like it to be received by the child.