Why do my sponsored child's letters all sound the same?

Updated Friday 14 March, 2014

Letter writing is not always easy for children. In many countries, letter writing is not customary and it's uncommon to discuss personal things like hopes and dreams, or even what daily life is like. Our program staff endeavour to teach the children how to express themselves in writing, and will often use the letter-writing days as an educational activity.

Sometimes children write what they think their sponsor might want to hear. Your sponsored child may need your help to understand that you are interested in their thoughts and opinions, and in the small details of their life. You can help your sponsored child to understand that you want to know him or her better by asking lots of questions in your letters, and telling your sponsored child about your own life. You may consider highlighting the questions you would really like answered.

If your sponsored child is young, their Compassion tutor may help write their letter. Please be patient while he or she learns how to write.

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