Letter writing is one of the most important aspects of the sponsor-child relationship, because in a relationship, communication matters. Letters are the heart and soul of this ministry.

For many of us, deciding what to write to our sponsored children is sometimes more difficult than writing itself, and the letters we exchange are the closest we’ll ever come to our sponsored children.

Even though we understand the importance of our letters, it still can be difficult to find the time to write a letter or know how to go about writing a letter to our sponsored child.

To help get you started, or to keep you motivated and writing regularly, we offer you this page of letter-writing ideas, tips and letter-writing prompts from our staff, other sponsors and even the children themselves. We hope you find the ideas helpful.

A boy sitting at a desk in school writing a letter
A mom helping her child write a letter

Tips for Writing Your Child

Your letters don't have to be long.

In fact, we request that you keep your letter's length to one page of printing or double-spaced type. Shorter letters take less time to translate, which helps your message reach your sponsored child more quickly.

You are welcome to write longer letters, but you shouldn't feel obligated to do so. Download our stationery or write a quick note on a card. However much you choose to write will be valued by your sponsored child.

You can also write online. Pick a fun template, write a few words, upload some photos, and you’re done. It’s a five-minute investment your child will never forget.


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