guidelines for letters & cards
It is only natural that you want to show your sponsored child that you are thinking about him or her. In fact we encourage this. Both you and your child need to feel connected. We also have to consider the logistics of being 10,000 miles apart, coming from totally different cultures, and the fact that writing lengthy and frequent letters means hours of work for our volunteers in India who, using their limited knowledge of English, must translate the letters into either Bengali, Oriya, or Hindi. So we recommend the following Tips for Writing:
- Write letters no more than once every three months.
- Stick with simple, age-appropriate topics.
- Make it fun; Use paper with color or designs & stickers stickers.
- Refrain from profanity, discussing inappropriate or illegal acts, or highly personal information.
- Place bare letters or letters in unsealed envelopes into a sealed outer envelope and send to our PO Box
- Don't hesitate to send cards for special days such as Christmas and his or her birthday.
Sending gifts to India comes with its own unique challenges. The cost of sending most small gifts far exceeds the value of the gifts, most of which are readily available in India at a fraction of the cost. Therefore, only monetary gifts will be forwarded. Gift guidelines can be found in the welcome booklet you received when you first began your sponsorship. We ask you to be thoughtful and considerate in your communication and your giving.