A young Filipino girl reads letters from her sponsors.
Dec 28 2016

A powerful resolution for 2017

A young Filipino girl reads letters from her sponsors.

Lennen, a 15-year-old girl in the Philippines, smiles as she reads through letters and cards from her sponsors, Melvin and Mary in Pennsylvania.


This month we’ve been exploring the value of letter writing here on the blog. The big question is, why write? And we’ve answered with a myriad of reasons that are less about paper and postage and all about human connections and encouragement.

We described our translation process when it comes to the sharing of letters between speakers of different languages, assuring sponsors that you can write naturally and your letter will be translated to accurately reflect your sentiments.

We shared that letters are like a gift to your sponsored friend that multiplies the impact of your financial contributions by providing a tangible reminder that there is someone out there who believes in them. We talked about how letters have the power to encourage someone to do their best, propelling them past the obstacles in their life.

There is a basic desire among every human — and that is the desire to be known. We invite you get to know your sponsored friend, and see how that brings fulfillment to you, too.

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Edward is a young man in Kenya who was sponsored for 16 years by the same family — Claire, Lauren and Brendan in Portland, Oregon. When he left the sponsorship program because he had attained higher education and stabilized in life, he described his relationship with his sponsors.

“Our relationship has grown deeper these past years,” Edward said. “We are practically a family and know everything about each other. My love and respect for them is beyond measure.”

“Our relationship has grown deeper these past years. We are practically a family and know everything about each other. My love and respect for them is beyond measure.”

—Edward, a retired sponsored member in Kenya.

Edward and his sponsors are just one of the thousands of beautiful examples of relationships across borders that have all developed through the age-old tool of letter writing.

This new year, make a resolution to write. Maybe you’re new to sponsorship, so now is the perfect time. But perhaps you’ve been a sponsor for years and have never sent your friend a letter, or it’s been years since your last correspondence. We’re here to tell you that that’s OK. No judgment. But we’re also here to invite you to give it a try — it’s never too late to start writing. No matter how long it’s been, we guarantee that the result of sending that letter will be a huge smile on the face of your sponsored friend.

Make your New Year’s resolution to write your sponsored child or elder a couple of times a year (or more!). We promise you won’t regret it. Get some tips on letter writing.

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