The power of words: How letters impact sponsored children
With each new year comes a chance at a fresh start. As you reflect on the past year and get ready to take on 2015, why not resolve to improve the life of a child? It may be easier than you think.
When you sponsor a child, you give the gift of a better life, but your words can also create lasting, positive impact.
A simple letter can have powerful effect. We see how sponsors’ letters create memorable experiences every time our workers deliver letters and are excitedly welcomed by the whole community. We see how children are moved by the smiles that come with each letter read. We hear how sponsors’ uplifting words influence children to do great things.
That’s why we make it easy for you to contact your sponsored child by offering:
- The option to send a letter online or via mail
- Pre-made e-cards for your sponsored child for various occasions
- Helpful tips on what to write to your sponsored child
- Letter translation
- Hand-delivery of all letters, ensuring they securely reach your sponsored child.
Letters give the opportunity to:
“My interactions with Plan and my sponsor have been memorable. When I was a sponsored child I often shared information about my culture and country with my sponsor.” - Sureka, former sponsored child from Sri Lanka.
“Recalling those memories [of correspondence] makes me happy. Even though he was far away, my sponsor cared about me. It gave me the feeling that there was an additional member of our family who cared about us.” - Ashok, former sponsored child from Nepal who is now an award-winning journalist
“I’d get letters and my mom would read them for me. She also taught me how to write letters. My sponsor helped me build my self-esteem.” - Pimpilai, former sponsored child from Thailand, who is now working as a nursing assistant
“When my sponsor wrote letters to me explaining how he spent his time helping people as a physician, I fell in love with the medical field… I thank Plan for the support it gave me and especially my sponsor who inspired me to be what I am today.” – Prince, former sponsored child from Zimbabwe who is now a doctor
“Writing letters is the only way for us to communicate with each other. There were times when I felt troubled and alone, but the encouragement my sponsor gave me was helpful and motivating… The last letter I received from my sponsor always stays with me.” - Zhang, former sponsored child from China who now volunteers for Plan, translating letters
Begin a cycle of progress
"I still have this dream of meeting my former sponsor one day, to tell her what I've achieved thanks to her support – and to show her that I'm now helping children who are in the same situation as I was." - Efrain, a former sponsored child from El Salvador
You can send your letter to Plan Canada by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
245 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 300
Remember to include your Sponsor Number and Sponsored Child Number on the letter.
If you sign up for MyPlan, you can write to your sponsored child using our online tool, or even send personal e-cards.