Exchanging letters is the most powerful way to connect with your child and build a relationship that blesses you both!
Now, it’s fast and easy to write online:
- Click here — this will open an email that will be sent to OneChild.
- Write an encouraging note — you’re also welcome to attach photos of you and your family.
- Be sure to include your name and sponsor ID, as well as your child’s name and ID. (If you don’t have these handy, please send us a message here so we can help.)
We’ll print your message and any photos that you attach and mail them to your child. It’s that simple!
Sending letters online saves time and money, which means more resources can go toward helping children. So, email a quick message today!
You’re also welcome to mail your letter:
- Please feel free to use stationery provided by OneChild or your own.
- Mail your letter and any photos to OneChild, P.O. Box 62600, Colorado Springs, CO 80962.
- Important reminders: Please leave ample space for translation. If you’re using your own paper, be sure to include your name and sponsor ID and your child’s name and ID.
Please know that every message you send will be treasured and will bring your child incredible joy!
We encourage you to write to your sponsored child at least three times a year, but you may write as frequently as once a month. Your words of hope will mean more to your sponsored child than you can imagine!
You will always receive two communications from your sponsored child each year. This includes a Christmas card and a special communication piece. Also, whenever you write to your child, she or he will respond — the more you write, the more you will hear from your child.
We suggest you begin the process of building a relationship with your sponsored child by writing about some of the following topics:
- Prayer requests
- Your relationship with God
Please avoid topics that emphasize the poverty your sponsored child is living in or anything that could be culturally offensive to him or her. Topics to avoid include:
- Personal possessions — Discussing material items only highlights the disparity between the material wealth many of us enjoy and your sponsored child’s poverty.
- Dating relationships — Cultural differences surrounding this subject are significant. For example, in some cultures, marriages are arranged by the family and your sponsored child may find discussions about dating objectionable.
- Gifts — Don’t ask your sponsored child what type of gift he or she would like from you. In many cultures, this question puts the child in an uncomfortable position.
- Personal contact information — Your home address, email address, phone number, and personal or professional website is private information that should not be shared, for both your sponsored child’s privacy and yours. If your personal contact information is included, our staff will remove it before sending your letter to your sponsored child.
You have the unique opportunity to speak truth and hope into your child’s life! Here are a few ways to encourage your child spiritually:
- Share your story of faith.
- Remind your child of God’s life-changing love.
- Let your child know that God has a special plan for his or life — and that all things are possible with God.
- Tell your child that you are praying every step of the way.
- Ask how you can pray for your child.
Please be sensitive to your sponsored child’s age, background, and spiritual maturity. Also, keep in mind that your sponsored child may not be a Christian.
Thanks for helping strengthen your child’s faith!
Many younger children are unable to write on their own, so a Child Champion at the Hope Center or a family member may help. As children grow older, they are encouraged to write letters on their own.
Your letters are typically delivered to your sponsored child within three months. Shipping to Hope Centers is costly, and they are often located in remote areas of the world, so it takes time. To save costs, we ship to our centers once a month. Because it takes two to three months for your letter to reach your child, it will take about the same amount of time for your child to write his or her response, have it translated, and then ship it back to the U.S. for processing. Thanks for your patience!
Because letter writing may be unfamiliar to your child, he or she may not realize that a response is needed. Over time, our goal is to help your sponsored child become comfortable with responding to your questions and asking his or her own.
Also, the time involved in delivering your letter often plays a part in unanswered questions. It could take up to six months from the time we receive your letter for you to receive your sponsored child’s response. If you receive a letter from your child within a few months of sending a letter to him or her, he or she most likely has not yet received your most recent letter and may answer your questions in a later letter.
Your patience, understanding, and encouragement will help your child grow in this area!
All communications must go through OneChild’s office. We do not allow sponsors to give their contact information to their sponsored child. These important measures help protect the privacy of both sponsor and child.
Yes, kids love receiving photographs! Your child will enjoy seeing pictures of your family, pets, and local scenery as well as postcards of where you live or trips you’ve taken.
Because standards of dress may be different in your sponsored child’s culture, please do not send photos that depict people in immodest clothing. Please also do not send photos of possessions since this only highlights the disparity between the material wealth many of us enjoy and your sponsored child’s poverty.
Children cherish photographs from their sponsors and often keep them for years as a source of inspiration. So, be sure to include pictures whenever you can!
Absolutely! You may send greeting cards and other small, flat items as gifts to your sponsored child. Please keep these guidelines in mind:
- Limit your giving to no more than one envelope per month.
- All gifts must be flat and fit comfortably inside a 6″ x 9″ envelope. The thickness of the envelope must not exceed 1 inch.
- Please write your sponsored child’s name and ID on each item if possible.
- Christmas cards and gift envelopes must reach our Colorado office by the end of October to ensure Christmas delivery. Other cards and gifts for special occasions must be received two months prior to the occasion to ensure on-time delivery.
Sorry, due to high international shipping costs as well as customs regulations, we cannot send your sponsored child anything that is larger than what fits in a 6″ x 9″ envelope and is more than 1 inch thick. In the interest of good stewardship, we strive to keep our shipping costs low. Thank you for understanding.
In many of the languages our children speak, there is no direct English translation, and the spelling of names is very difficult. The spelling of names can and will vary between translators.
We recommend that you appoint one individual to be the group’s correspondent. It’s simpler for a child to relate to one person rather than a group. But please let your sponsored child know that your entire group is cheering for him or her!
Yes! We realize that the relationship you have with your sponsored child plays a significant role in your life and that closure is important. We will make every attempt to get your final letter to your sponsored child. Thank you for caring so deeply!