Email your sponsored child

When you sponsor a child, you build a special relationship that changes lives. You can connect directly with your sponsored child by writing them heartfelt letters, encouraging them with their school work and inspiring hope for their future.

What to write about in your email:

What to write about in your email:
Introduce yourself! Mention what it's like where you live, how you like to spend your time, and what your hobbies are. If you have children, what are their ages and names; you can also talk about any family pets you have.

It’s a great idea to ask your sponsored child questions in your letter. It lets them know you are interested in their life. You can ask things like: What are your favourite activities or subjects at school? Is your school close by or do you have far to travel? Do you know anything about New Zealand? What do you like to do in your spare time?

It's also a great opportunity to learn more about your sponsored child’s culture. Ask about their favourite holiday and how they celebrate it. What’s their favourite game and how do they play it? 
Note: To be considerate of your sponsored child’s environment and culture there are a few things we recommend you stay clear of. For instance: Avoid topics of religion or politics, as cultural backgrounds can be varied. Consider the circumstances in which your sponsored child lives and avoid writing about material possessions, and never include your address.

Sponsor information:

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Child's information:

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Sponsored Child's ID:* This is your child's unique ID number that is included with all information you receive about your sponsored child.

Your message:

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FAQs

You can write to your Sponsored Child as often as you like. Please note that due to postal restrictions processing time can take a lot longer, and we will only be able to process replies from your Sponsored Child every three to four months.
Whenever you write to your Sponsored Child you should receive a reply. You will receive your reply in the post, and it may take three to four months because post delays in developing countries are very common.

If you don’t receive a reply after three to four months, please contact us and we will follow it up.
Yes, to protect our Sponsored Children, our policy is to open, log and vet (and translate) all letters and emails to ensure they don’t contain offensive or inappropriate content. Child protection is our highest priority.
 
Absolutely. Encouraging your children to write all or part of your message is a great way to teach them about the world, and issues of development and poverty. Your Sponsored Child would love to hear from children just like them, who live on the other side of the world.
 
While we understand you want to write a heartfelt message to your Sponsored Child, there are a few things we recommend you stay clear of. For instance: 
  • Avoid topics of religion or politics, as cultural backgrounds can be varied.
  • Consider the circumstances in which your sponsored child lives and avoid writing about material possessions.
  • Never write your address.