By Lindsey Minerva,
World Vision US

Work Hard At School: ìMy sponsor always tells me in her letters, to work hard at school. I am trying because I want to be a nurse in future,î Najat, nine-year old sponsored girl said smiling. Najat (age 9) has never met her sponsor but she knows how she looks like. She is one of the children in the Ashanti Area Development Program sponsorship program who often receives greeting cards, photographs, colored pencils, writing pad and photographs, among others, from her sponsor.Najat holding letters and photographs from her sponsor. Summary: Context: The occupation of the people is mainly farming. They leave very early for their farms where they plant maize, yam, groundnut, garden eggs and tomatoes. When they return in the evening, girls assist their mothers to prepare the evening meal. You can tell food is cooking from the smoke rising from firewood they use. SHARE assignment: s100591-2, photos and captions only. Project name: Ashanti-Gap ADP Funding: United States Africa digital color horizontal

My sponsor always tells me in her letters, to work hard at school. I am trying because I want to be a nurse in future. Najat has never met her sponsor but she knows how she looks like. She is one of the children in the Ashanti Area Development Program sponsorship program who often receives greeting cards, photographs, colored pencils, writing pad and photographs, among others, from her sponsor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship is about more than just giving money to help people in need — it’s about letting children know they are loved.

Taking time to write letters or send small gifts and cards can create a meaningful relationship with your sponsored child. Many sponsors find that investing in this relationship is more than a blessing for their sponsored child — it also changes their own life.

Read on to learn how you can create a lasting relationship with your sponsored child.

1. Write a letter.

Letter-writing (do check out the guidelines on page 2) might feel intimidating at first, but your letter doesn’t have to be perfect to be encouraging to your sponsored child. He or she is curious to know about who you are and what your life is like!

Introduce yourself and your family members. Share your age, hobbies, sports you watch or play, and other activities you are involved in. Who do you consider to be a part of your family? Share about their ages and interests to help paint a picture of daily life for your sponsored child. It’s important to focus not on possessions — your sponsored child might not have many of those — but rather on relationships and activities.

Taking the time to write your sponsored child conveys the message that he or she is valuable and loved by you.

2. Send photos.

Photos of you and your family will be treasured by your sponsored child, and they’ll help him or her feel more connected to your life.

Like letter-writing, it’s important to focus on people, not possessions. Remember how connected you felt to your sponsored child when you saw his or her picture? Sending photos of your own will help your sponsored child feel similarly connected to you.

3. Send a small gift.

Many families don’t have money for anything extra, so small gifts (do check out the guidelines on page 2) can mean a lot. Your gift will need to fit in an A4 sized envelope. Stickers, hand towels, socks, coloring books, colored pencils (with a sharpener!) are a great place to start.

If you have children or grandchildren, you can also send their drawings or photos.

4. Write an email.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time to create a meaningful connection. You can now email your sponsored child. Your child will respond via regular mail, so it may take several months to receive a letter back.

Here are some step-by-step tips on emailing your child.

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5. Send a card.

After you sponsor a child, World Vision will send you colorful card template to send to your sponsored child. It is one of the easiest ways to make a connection with the child — simply fill out the card and email ([email protected]) it back us.

The card will be sent to the World Vision office in your child’s country and translated into his or her language. Children receive these cards around birthdays and holidays. Greeting cards can brighten your child’s day, and your card will be treasured for months to come.

Know that the letters, photos, and packages you send will bring joy to your sponsored child and help foster a deeper connection.

If you have written a letter or email to your sponsored child, it might take some time to receive a reply. World Vision staff members are hard at work processing, translating, and delivering your messages. Please don’t let that discourage you from reaching out to your sponsored child. Doing so will be a blessing and encouragement — for your sponsored child, and for you!

Story by World Vision US.