Yes! The personal relationship you build through writing letters is one of the most valuable investments you can make in your sponsored child's life. Children love to receive letters, photos and cards and the emotional, social and spiritual boost that your encouragement gives your sponsored child can be pivotal to their development. Graduates from Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program consistently point to their sponsors' letters and prayers as the two things above all others that gave them hope, courage and the belief that they could overcome their circumstances.
A 2012 study Compassion carried out in Peru, Rwanda, Guatemala, East India and Thailand found that:
Over 90 per cent of children report strongly experiencing joy, love, encouragement and a sense of belonging when they receive letters from their sponsors.
Children who receive letters report feeling more motivated at school and church activities.
Children who receive letters consistently demonstrate greater confidence, including behaviours like an ability to care for others, awareness of generosity and sharing, ability to communicate, obedience and helpfulness.
Children write a least two letters a year to their sponsors - we encourage you to write at least two letters a year in reply.
This content was correct at the time of publishing. Compassion closed its programs in India on 15 March 2017 and no longer works in that nation.