However, I am ashamed to admit that before Kenya I was detached from our sponsored girl in India. My wife would write her letters, but I seldom would read any of the correspondence. I thought that giving money and my wife’s letters were enough. I didn’t see the opportunity or realize the power of writing letters to my sponsored child.
I do now.
After just a few days in Kenya, it is plain to see that investing in a child through Compassion International is far more than giving money. These children are human with a real need for relationships. As a sponsor, you are their hero, so they desperately want to hear from you. Your words, no matter how simple, are an encouragement, a motivator, and giver of hope.
Your words are statistically proven to boost your child’s performance. They are statistically proven to improve the odds of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Let us not forget the humanity in humanitarian. If you sponsor a child, write them often. If you don’t sponsor a child, consider taking the journey that will change your life and a child’s life.
Photos by Keely Marie Scott.