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Why are the questions I ask in my letters not answered?

There are a number of reasons why your sponsored child may not respond to your questions in your letter, so we'd really appreciate your patience and understanding. Firstly, you need to remember it takes a while for your letters to get to your child. There may be an overlap in your letters, so your child may not respond straight away. Projects often have a scheduled letter-writing day and, if your child has taken their letter home to proudly share with their family, they may not have it with them when they write their response.

It’s also worth noting that in some cultures children are rarely asked about what they think and do. In fact, letter writing is not generally part of the culture in the developing world at all, so some children have difficulty in expressing their feelings or answering questions. Please persevere though. You can help draw attention to your questions by underlining them or highlighting them in your letters. Above all, please remember that your letters of love and support are an enormous encouragement to your sponsored child. It’s a huge support to know that someone on the other side of the world is thinking of them and praying for them. 

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