Knowing what to say in a letter to a young person on the other side of the globe — one you've never met! — can be a daunting prospect for many sponsors. We know our sponsored children love to receive letters, but ... what should we say?!
It is always important to consider the age of your sponsored child when writing and to adjust your topics and vocabulary accordingly. Keep in mind also that although your child may be very young now, he or she will treasure and keep your letters and reread them in 10 years when his or her comprehension skills are much higher. Also remember that your letter will probably be excitedly shared with your child's parents, siblings, relatives, friends and neighbors!
Do not be afraid to tell your sponsored children about your life's ups and downs! They will celebrate your successes and often offer words of comfort at difficult times.
Also, if you learn of something occurring in your child's area (earthquake, typhoon, fire) that may have affected him or her, you can ask about it. Even though CI will notify you directly if your child was affected by any such event, your child will appreciate knowing that you are concerned.
Once a few letters have traveled back and forth between you and your child, you will likely find it much easier to come up with topics of discussion! You may even discover a conversation develops over a shared interest. Only time will tell!