Staying in touch with your sponsored child

May I write a letter?

Writing letters shows that you care about your sponsored child and want to encourage his/her development.

What can I say in my letter?

Consider these guidelines in any communication to your child:
• Describe the members of your family. 
• Discuss your favorite activities, hobbies, and sports.
• Briefly tell what you do at work, church, or school.
• Talk about your relationship with Jesus Christ.
• Provide a general description of where you live (no specific address). Tell them about the climate and land type.
• Ask your child the same types of questions about what they like to do, where they live, and what they are learning in school.

May I send a picture of my family?

Use a neutral background such as greenery or a blank wall. Please do not include material items such as cars, your home, toys, or other possessions. 

What kind of letters may I send to my child?

You may send a 6X9” or smaller envelope at various times throughout the year (send no more than 2 envelopes at a time).

 What items can I send to my sponsored child?

We encourage you to donate funds for your child's gift to be purchased in Kenya. You can find out more about how to do this here
If you would like to send items yourself, please use the guidelines below.
For an elementary-age student you may send:
Family pictures, matchbox toy cars, crayons, colored pencils, pens, stickers, small note pads, hair clips, jewelry, and small, thin books – activity coloring books, devotional books and Bibles. 
For a middle or high school student you may send:
Family pictures, colored pencils, pens, small note pads, hair clips, jewelry, and also small thin books – devotional books and Bibles.

If you plan to send items to your child, please also send $20 donation via E-Giving in order to cover customs and tax.

Where do I send my letter?

1. Place your letter in an envelope with the child’s name and ID number written on it. Do not write your personal contact information/return address on this envelope.
2. Make sure to include your child's name and reference number on the back of the    envelope.Unfortunately, due to high import duties and restrictions by foreign governments, Connect with a Child office in Kenya cannot receive packages larger than a 6"x9" envelope for sponsored children.
3. Place your return address on the outer envelope/shipping paper (international mailing requirements).
Check with your Post Office for the official weight and International Postage Rates. Do NOT send as priority, express, certified, or flat rate. If you are required to fill out a customs form, it is important to indicate that the contents of the package have zero (0) commercial value.
Please remember that any envelopes or packages sent to our address in Oregon state will be donated to a local charity.
How long will it take my letter to reach my child?
Allow 6 to 8 weeks for mailed items to reach your child.
How will I know that my child received my letter/gift?
Each child who receives a gift will write a thank you note to his/her sponsor. Please note that it could be several months before you will receive a thank you card in the mail.
Will I be updated on my child?

You will receive letters from your child around two to three times a year. We will also send you an updated picture of your child every two years.