Will my child write to me?
Our goal is for you to receive correspondence from your child at least twice a year. Letters sent to you may take a few months
to reach you because they must be translated before sending on and we receive them only when a team or staff member travels back to the
US. If your child has not yet learned how to write, you may recieve communication from a family member or you may receive a small
drawing or artwork from your child.
May I write to my child?
Give2GiveHope will send you an updated photo of your child every one to two years.
Am I required to write to my child?
Certainly. Your child will know your name and treasure the thought that you really care. Our recommendation is to send your message
via email using our sponsor area
, but you may also hand-write a letter to your child using the
(Child's name and ID#)
PO Box 611
West Branch, MI 48661
Please do not include any part of your address in your letter or on the envelope going to your child.
All correspondence between you and your child should be forwarded through Give2GiveHope. This is for your protection and the protection
of the children, since your address could be used by someone else for other purposes. Additionally, we require this for the protection
of the children. Our team translates letters and will ensure delivery to your sponsored child during trips.
Please write in clear, simple English so the team will not have difficulty in translating your letter into the local language.
No, however, corresponding with your sponsored child will help deepen the relationship between you. The children like
to hear about what is going on in your life.
How long will it take my letter to reach my child?
Can I send an email to my child?
If you send an email via our sponsor area
, emails will be translated and delivered to
your child at the next food distribution.
If you send a hand-written letter, it will be translated and sent with our team on the next trip they make to the country.
What should I write about?
Yes, absolutely. Our sponsor area
on our website includes a way for you to send emails to
your sponsored child. Please note that your child will not be able to reply back to your emails as computer access is very limited.
Emails will be received by your child more rapidly than hand-written letters, but still need to be translated and distributed at
the following food
distribution day, so delays in delivery will still occur.
What should I avoid writing to my child?
Encourage your child with a Bible verse or words of encouragement. Share with them things about your life.
Please avoid discussing material possessions and be sensitive to the differences between your economic status and theirs.
Some ideas to write about:
- Describe your family (e.g., where you live, what your family looks like, their interests or hobbies, the type of work they do,
your pets, etc.).
- Talk about your participation in church activities and the various ways you serve Christ.
- School activities of your children or things you may be involved in.
- Talk about special family events - weddings, graduation, trips, new jobs, holidays, etc.
- Description of the weather, the geography of where you live, what it's like outdoors, the changes of the season, etc.
- A Bible verse or your favorite Bible story. Affirm to your child how he is special to God and that He has a plan for her life.
- Send birthday or holiday wishes to your child. (Keep in mind that letters may be delayed up to two months.)
- Talk about some holiday customs you have with your family.
- Share your daily routine. It may not sound that exciting to you, but your child will be interested to hear how your day is different
from her own.
- Discuss a person who made an impact on your life or some of the challenges you've faced, how you overcame those challenges, and what
God taught you through that experience.
- Talk about an important life lesson you learned or things that made a difference to you as you grew up.
- Remind your child that you pray for him or her regularly.
- Encourage your child to write back and/or draw pictures for you. Ask them questions so they have something to answer when they can
Please do not mention (or send photos of) anything that accentuates the economic differences between our societies or cultures.
(e.g. the size of your home, how many vehicles you have.) Pay attention to what is in the background of your photos you send.
Do not suggest or imply that your child may come to visit you or that you will be sending a gift for them.
Do not include your home address - all correspondence should be routed through GiveGiveHope to ensure your security and that of the
Please do not send letters or materials that may be deemed inappropriate for the children. These items may include, but are not limited
- materials that condone lifestyle choices inconsistent with our ministry values and beliefs
- might be considered inappropriate in the child's culture
- threaten the safety of the child in any way
- depict or describe the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, unlawful drugs or materials or activities that we regard as
- depict persons dressed in immodest clothing