An online letter (without a photo attached) will be received by the office in that country quicker. Online letters are received daily, formatted and then sent in an email to the Compassion office in each country. They are then translated and printed. As projects are often very remote, the head office will wait until they have received a reasonable number of letters before they are delivered to a particular project. A member of staff will then hand deliver them as mail systems can be very erratic and unreliable. Many sponsored children do not have a postal address in the way that we do in Canada. Please be assured that we will do our best to make sure that your letter will arrive as soon as possible. The exchange of letters is a crucial element of sponsorship and it is an area we are constantly working to improve.

Online letters with photos are printed at the Compassion Canada office so as to ensure the quality of the printed photos. These letters then follow our regular letter process.

To send a letter to your sponsored child through our website click here.

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Can I write to my sponsored child?

March 19, 2013 10:49 am

Yes. We encourage sponsors to write to their sponsored child, to include photos and cards and encourage them in their spiritual journey. Children love to receive letters and cherish them. They also love to write to their sponsors and to pray for them. Children are required to write to their sponsors a minimum of two letters a year.

To send a letter, card, paper play set or poster to your sponsored child through our website click here.

See how letter writing impacts a child in Ghana.

Read how receiving letters affects in child in Nicaragua.

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We encourage sponsors to write to their sponsored child. Although you can not send an email directly through to your sponsored child, you can send a letter through our website. Children love to receive letters and cherish them. They also love to write to their sponsors and to pray for them. Children are required to write to their sponsors a minimum of two letters a year.

To send a letter, card, colouring page or paper play set to your sponsored child through our website click here.

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Yes! Our online letter form allows you to attach one photo to your letter. Letters with photos are then printed here in our office and then sent to each field country by courier. Letters without photos are sent through to each field country office by email.

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You should not communicate with your sponsored child outside of the avenues provided by Compassion. While communication via social media like Facebook might save time and money, it comes at the expense of your safety and that of your sponsored child. We cannot guarantee everyone’s safety if we are not aware of what’s being communicated.

By serving as the conduit for communication between you and your sponsored child, we are able to watch for any content that may be inappropriate or culturally insensitive ã no matter how well intentioned or innocent a comment may be.

Additionally, it’s not uncommon for someone who knows a child is sponsored to create an account on a social network and posing as that child, contact his or her sponsor asking for money. In this situation, the child may be facing the threat of physical harm if the money is not provided.

Finally, we have an obligation to protect the children in our care from sponsors who may not have the child’s best interests in mind. While we trust that those who sponsor with Compassion are doing so out of a love for Christ, we must be aware of what’s being communicated to ensure the child’s well-being.

Should you receive a friend request or a message from anyone claiming to be your sponsored child on Facebook or another social network or through any medium other than your letters from Compassion, please do not respond but rather contact us immediately at info@compassion.ca or 1-800-563-5437.

For more information on this subject, please read the following post from the Compassion blog: Why Can’t I Communicate With My Sponsored Child via Facebook?.

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