Whenever a student receives any communication from their sponsor, we have the student respond immediately.
For our younger students, volunteers read the letters to them. We also have a form letter that gives them things to color and questions to answer to send back to their sponsor. A volunteer will help them write their answers while they color the pictures.
For our older students, we encourage them to answer any questions their sponsor may have asked and to share what’s happening in their school and family life. These letters are translated in English once they are back in the states and then mailed to the sponsor.
Sometimes getting the students responses back to the sponsor can be a slow process as there is not a mail system in the country we serve. We have to rely on when trips are happening to bring these letters back and forth. We keep the lines of commuication open by replying to our sponsors through REACH and letting them know when their student received their letter and that they are working on a reply that we will get to them as soon as possible.