Letter writing - perhaps an old fashioned art that is more nostalgic of a simpler time than is practical. However, when it comes to interacting with your sponsored student, it is one of the most valuable gifts you could give. These students crave communication from their sponsors. To them, their sponsor represents happiness, hope, and most importantly love. To know that someone very far away from them loves them enough to support their education is wonderful, but to receive confirmation of that by a letter written by that very person is priceless!
It may seem intimidating to think about writing to a child you've never met, don't personally know, and who may not understand everything about your culture. Nonetheless, this child appreciates every word and there are many people around who can help translate if the child is very young. Oftentimes, you will notice (especially with older students) that whatever you write to them gets mentioned back when they return with a letter. For instance, you might mention your dog Max and your sponsored student will frequently ask about how Max is doing. Getting to know you helps them stay connected to the blessing that is a sponsored education and reminds them that though they may face many hardships in their daily life, often fueled by poverty, they are no less important and worth the time to put pen to paper and share your love.
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.