In the United States, we don’t really think about it much because it’s so easy — you mail a letter or a package, and a few days later it arrives in the mailbox or on the doorstep of the person you sent it to. And when you order something online, it typically arrives in a couple of days — at most, a week or so later.
But mail and package delivery in low-income countries is quite a bit more complex. In most cases, there’s no next-day air to small, remote villages. And even if there were, because we take child protection so seriously, a series of checks and hand-offs needs to happen from the national Compassion office all the way down to your child’s local center — all before your sponsored child receives his or her letter.
In almost every case, your letter travels a great distance, preserved with great care, by a host of people who treat your written words as though they were precious gold. Because to the child you’re writing to — and even to entire communities — your letters bring more hope and wonder than you could possibly know.
Let’s step through the process of exchanging letters with your sponsored child, and hopefully you’ll have a more clear understanding of:
Step 1: Sending Letters to Compassion National Offices