Tag: letters

Writing letters
Sep 25 2013

Why letters are so important

Jhonny smiles big for the camera!

Jhonny smiles big for the camera!

Ask 7-year-old Jhonny about his sponsor, Leiandro, and the words spill out.

Although he’s only been sponsored for a year and a half, Jhonny and his sponsor have formed a strong friendship.

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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? Read more to find out!

Ask Sponsor Services
Sep 17 2013

When is the best time to send my sponsored friend a Christmas greeting?

Ask Sponsor Services

Q: When should I send my sponsored friend a Christmas greeting?

A: Typically, letters sent by regular mail can take six to eight weeks to reach your sponsored friend.

During the holidays, it can take even longer.
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nonprofit work
Sep 3 2013

Kenya staffer finds joy in letters

CFCA staffer sorts mail

CFCA staff member Lawrence Maina in Kenya processes letters and packets sent by sponsors to their sponsored children.

By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa

Sorting through the parcels and letters, Lawrence Maina goes through each of them keenly and logs them in the record books.

He smiles as he reads through the lines written by sponsors to their sponsored children.

Lawrence is the driver at CFCA’s project in Nairobi, Kenya, but he also helps open the letters and parcels that come through the project office.

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Sending letters
Jun 3 2013

Top 4 postal rate questions for sending mail to your sponsored friend

mail for CFCA sponsored friends

CFCA staffers in Guatemala pick up sacks and sacks of letters from sponsors at the local postal office.

With postal rates constantly changing, it can be difficult to keep track of mailing regulations and guidelines. Read these top 4 postage questions to find out the skinny on sending mail to your sponsored friend!


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India
May 17 2013

How the Taylors know their sponsored friend through ‘love of letters’

Sponsors can travel around the world, experience many cultures and make new friends … all through the pages of a letter! See how CFCA sponsors Steve and Jayne Taylor “met” their sponsored friend, Nathasha, through precious letters, even as they plan to meet her in person this October.


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Oct 29 2012

Letters to sponsored friends translate into smiles

Did you know that every year, we process more than 1 million letters from sponsored friends to their sponsors?

That’s tremendous cause for celebration! Behind every letter is a special story and friendship that we treasure.

Here are three sponsored children in El Salvador who recently received letters from their sponsors. Their smiles say it all.

CFCA sponsored child Norma in El SalvadorNorma is 8 years old. She enjoys attending school and playing with her friends. Photos, like the one Norma is holding from her sponsor, are a fun, meaningful and practical way to deepen ties between sponsors and sponsored friends.

CFCA sponsored child Veronica in El SalvadorVeronica, at 10 years old, writes frequently to her sponsor. They share many things in common. For example, their favorite cartoon is “Tom and Jerry.”

CFCA sponsored child Luis in El SalvadorLuis is 10 years old. He loves to play soccer. Here he is, reading aloud from his sponsor’s letter.

Developing a sense of friendship and mutual encouragement is one of the most rewarding aspects of sponsorship through CFCAís Hope for a Family program.

Don’t wait – write a letter to your sponsored friend today!

Oct 9 2012

Get your craft on: D.I.Y. friendship bracelet

Veronica
By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor

I am a huge fan of crafts. If it involves fabric, creativity or hot-glue guns, you can almost guarantee I’ll be crafting it at some point down the road.

When we posted 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card, we received so much positive feedback from our sponsors, I thought it would be fun to start a D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) tutorial on small craft items to send to your friend.

So, here it is! Unbound’s first D.I.Y. post: 10 steps to a friendship bracelet.
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Sep 26 2012

5 myths about letter-writing busted!

By Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editorVeronica Batton

Ever sit down to write a letter and then notice an hour later you only have one word? Do you ever think, “I’ll send a letter next month,”†and then next month turns into next year?

CFCA is here to help bust these tough myths about letter-writing, and help you cross “write a letter to my sponsored friend” off your to-do list.

Myth 1: It’s too hard.

It can be difficult to start a letter. Trust me, I’ve been there. Sometimes there is too much to say, and sometimes too little.

Some sponsors don’t know where to start when it comes to writing a letter to their sponsored friend. Read more

Sep 12 2012

18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card

By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editorVeronica Batton

Around the holiday season, a lot of sponsors call and ask what they can send to their friend for Christmas.

Sending small items that fit in a regular envelope are the best gifts to send to your sponsored friend.

Packages must be no larger than 9 x 12 inches, weigh less than a pound and be under an inch thick. Larger packages result in high customs fees and run the risk of theft.

What can fit in an envelope that small, you ask?

Well, a lot! Here are 18 small but awesome gift ideas for your sponsored friend!

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