Writing letters
Sep 20 2013

Mail systems around the world: Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala

Sponsored children in Kenya

Sponsored children in Kenya work on homework and write letters to their sponsors.

By Kristen Littrell, CFCA correspondent

Have you ever placed a letter to your sponsored child in the mailbox and wondered how many people and places, cars and planes are required to put that letter in your sponsored child’s waiting hands?

If you live in the United States, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the U.S. Postal Service.

We may not know the exact journey a bill or letter has traveled to arrive in our mailbox, but we know that journey probably only took about three to five days.

And our mail arrives at our front door six days a week, delivered by our faithful postal worker.

The same cannot be said for many of the countries where CFCA works.

Take Mexico, for example.

It is very common for a simple letter to take 30 to 40 days to be delivered in-country, usually riding in the saddle bag of a motorcycle to its final destination.

In Honduras, mail is often only delivered once a week to cities and towns outside the capital.

If you miss delivery that day, you have to wait another week for mail service to return to your community.

Our CFCA offices in Guatemala receive all sponsor mail via a post office box located in Antigua.

Project staffers must drive to Antigua once a week to collect mail, and then drive it back to San Lucas, where the main office is located.

They process the mail at the main office, divide it and translate each letter into Spanish.

CFCA staffers then collect any mail for their area at monthly staff meetings and carry the mail back to their regions to be hand delivered to the sponsored children or aging friends.

Each CFCA office receives thousands of letters a year, each one going through the same process.

You can imagine how this process slows delivery, in both directions, of correspondence from your sponsored friend, though it is still the most reliable way to ensure any mail service at all.

Sponsored children in Guatemala

Eva, a 12-year-old sponsored child in Guatemala, and other sponsored children work on Christmas greetings to send to their sponsors.

Regardless of the journey a letter takes to arrive, you can be sure that the letters you receive from your sponsored friend are sent with great love.

You can also be sure that letters you send to your sponsored friend are among your friend’s most prized possessions.

Sponsored friends know getting a letter is well worth the wait!

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