We recently started sponsoring a little girl in Tanzania through Compassion International.
I wrote her an initial fill-in the blank sort of a letter of introduction with a picture and I didn't expect to hear back for quite some time. Yesterday, we received a letter from Roza with a new photo of her and a picture that she drew. It was very sweet.
The girls are now trying to think of things to send her or topics to write to her about. I printed out a page with pictures of all of the kids and what their favorite things to do are. We are including some stickers and some printed scrapbooking paper.
Everything we send must be no larger than a regular size of paper and no thicker than 1/8th of an inch. That definitely limits us, but hopefully it will make us get creative.
I have already thought that we could sent some pretty stencils, more stickers, postcards, origami paper with instructions, maybe some drawings from the kids, coloring pages, dot-t0-dots, and definitely some more pictures. Any other ideas?
I have decided to make a commitment to write to her at least once every couple of weeks - even if it's only a line or two and some fun stuff for her. The neat thing is, that you also have the option to send an email to your child. The email goes to the office where it is translated and then sent to her just like a regular letter. I tried it out yesterday and it was very easy.
If you aren't already sponsoring a child, please consider it. For more information, visit the Compassion website.
They also have a new chidlren's section with a game called Quest for Compassion.