Tag: letter

Apr 11 2011

CFCA’s spring letter-writing challenge

April is National Card and Letter-Writing Month. Our surveys indicate about 66 percent of CFCA sponsors write their friend at least once a year. We’d like to increase that number!

We’re asking our sponsors to take a “letter-writing challenge.” The steps are simple:

  1. Write your friend and send a photo of you and your family if you haven’t already done so. If you need inspiration, check out some letter-writing tips.
  2. Tell us about it in the comments below. Here are some questions to consider:
  • What were your most memorable letter moments?
  • Any letter-writing tips to share with us?
  • What was your experience like?

Two sponsored friends from El Salvador, Kilmer and Maria, explained what they’d like to hear from their sponsors through letters:

Kilmer, sponsored eight years: “[I write] three regular letters each year and one Christmas card. What I like most is to make drawings. Sometimes I draw flowers, or Winnie the Pooh.

I like writing to my sponsors. In my last letter, I wrote them I was sick, I had a fever. I also told them that during Christmas, I shot off rockets [fireworks]. I tell them that sometimes I feel good, and sometimes I feel bad.

I would like to know about my sponsor when they are coming here, where they work, what they do there. I would like to know more about them.”

Maria, sponsored about two years: “Every year I write [my sponsors]. I like it because I feel very content with their help. They have never written, because my sponsors changed.

I would like to know them. I donít know how many hugs I would give them if they were here. Everything my sponsors have given me is good.

I like everything and I thank them for everything they have done for us because we need their help. I would like to see them even if it is only in a photograph.”

Thanks, and we appreciate your support!

Dec 28 2010

Letter to CFCA sponsor: ‘Shoot for the moon … land among the stars’

Here is an edited letter that arrived from a Nigerian sponsored youth, Stephen, to his sponsor, Sarah.

“Dear Sarah,

Greetings to you. I pray and hope this letter gets to you in good health, a nice mood and above all, Sarah, a joyful and peaceful moment.

Stephen, from Nigeria

Stephen, 18, a CFCA sponsored youth in Nigeria.

How are you, my dearest friend, and how has life been for you?

Hope you’ve gotten a good job and how are your parents, siblings and everything in general. Are you still searching? I hope and pray you meet the right one someday. Let’s hope before the first quarter of next year runs out that you will be very much happy.

I am all right and in good health, together with my family. We have the Almighty to thank for it.

I am still waiting and hoping to be admitted into the university since getting into the university is very difficult and very much expensive, even after attaining the senior school certificate examination result.

However, the delay has not stopped me from making many findings about the world and getting more awareness of what I am required to possess if I really want to help God’s little children of the world.

I did some research on the Internet about UNICEF to see what it really takes to work with such organizations that care for the needs of children.

Of course, Sarah, you made me go this far. Remember “shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you will land among the stars?î

This has made me see no limitations to achieving whatever I desire in life, owing to the care you’re taken upon yourself concerning my well-being.

Once again, Sarah, you’ve been more than just a sponsor or even a pen pal. Just to let you know, you are on my list of my first five role models.

My dearest friend, hope you will love this; here are some things I found out we have in common:

  • Alphabets of names ‘S': Sarah, Stephen
  • Second child of our families
  • Father’s name, David; my brother’s name, David
  • Our love for little children
  • Your knowledge about medical science, my desire to study pharmacy

Dear friend, I would like to know how you have been coping with challenges facing you.

Just want to say a very big thank you for all your love, caring and understanding toward my well-being.”

Says Sarah, “Being a sponsor to Stephen has been and continues to be such a treasured experience for me. I had the privilege of becoming a sponsor to Stephen several years ago. Being able to be a pen pal, friend, cheerleader, encourager and prayer support for Stephen, and watching him grow through the years into a grounded, caring, intelligent young man with heart for God and others, makes me feel like a proud parent! His thoughtful letters always bring light into my life, and I have such hope for the future of the world with individuals like Stephen reaching out to those around him. I am so excited about what CFCA is doing for these families, and I am humbled to play a small part in their mission!”

Aug 27 2009

Children want to hear from their sponsors

In spring of last year, CFCA sent out special postcards to sponsors to encourage them to write a letter to their sponsored friend. The response has been wonderful. Many children who had not yet received any letters heard from their sponsors for the first time.

Jilma holding one of the CFCA postcards sponsors sent.ìI am very happy because I have received letters before but never one like this,î said Jilma, who lives in El Progresso, El Salvador. ìMy sponsor has told me in her letters that she has a beautiful garden and lots of flowers.î

The Vellore project in India saw an immediate increase in communication between sponsors and their friends because of the postcard campaign. Additionally, nine children received their first communication from their sponsors.

In the Zamboanga, Philippines, project, an estimated 140 individuals received their first correspondence from their sponsor. Project coordinator Maribel Mandi said the children and aging were delighted with the postcards, and it helped give them motivation to openly express their emotions.

ìA short message from a sponsor adds life and growth to the child and sponsor relationship,î said Mandi. ìThe postcards created a SMILE.î

Many children in the Quito, Ecuador, project had not heard from sponsors, and the postcards brought them much happiness.

Letters are an important benefit
ìI can tell you with great certainty that the kids and their families value the letters and photos that sponsors send more than anything,î said Dan Pearson, project director for CFCA international operations. ìImagine the lives of these kids. It is hard for them to believe that someone they have never met chose them and is sending help every month to give them a better chance in life.

ìThe sponsor is often a central figure in the child’s life, and they want to know who this person is. They want to know what they look like, who is in their family, and why they decided to help.î

In an age of instant information, emails and text messaging, letter writing is becoming a lost art. It is one of the many gifts that our brothers and sisters in developing countries can give to usóto remind us of the joy that can be found in taking the time to sit and write a simple note of love and encouragement.

On behalf of the sponsored children and aging, we thank you for writing, and we encourage you to continue growing your relationship through letters.

Below are the three postcards we mailed to sponsors

2friends postcard

If friends were flowers postcard

Love in a letter postcard