The donor journey
Exchanging letters, pictures and stories will mean so much to your sponsored child and help build a relationship neither of you will soon forget. Eventually, you may choose to meet and see the difference you’ve made in their life, before they become self-sufficient and graduate from our program.
Write to your sponsored child
Ask them about their hobbies, family and their favourite subject at school. Share your life with them and tell them about Canada, or send them pictures. Don’t worry about writing a long letter; they’re happy to know you’re thinking of them. Keep the following tips in mind:
Writing the letter
- begin with your child's name and I.D. number
- learn about your child's country so you have something to write
- avoid writing about luxuries your child may never experience, such as extravagant trips
- be mindful of asking sensitive questions, such as: Why did your mom/dad leave home?
- keep in mind that all letters will be monitored in keeping with our Policy for Keeping Children Safe
Mailing the letter
- send flat gifts such as photographs, stickers, postcards or other similar items
- avoid sending cash and gifts, which could be stolen or incur hefty import fees
- send letters to the international mailing address noted in your Welcome Package
- use international postage to ensure your letter reaches its destination
Visit a sponsored community
We're excited you’re considering a trip to visit a sponsored community, meet your sponsored child or see a project. We can’t wait to show you the work your support makes possible.
Once a sponsored child completes high school or a skills-training program, they graduate from direct donor support but still benefit from our work in their community. Leading up to this day, they are prepared for adult life through leadership training, vocational studies and other opportunities for learning.
On a broader scale, a community graduates when it has become self-sufficient — it’s a time for celebration and the goal of sponsorship.
You can share in the excitement of graduation by signing up to help a child in another community get the tools needed to create a brighter future.