I started sponsoring a child in June of this year. Her name is Gift and she lives in Malawi. It feels sort of strange to write it down. I haven’t spoken about it before. Part of me feels slightly guilty at publishing it, almost like I am saying ‘look how wonderful I am’. Its not my intention or my thought. I did it because I can afford to do it and I wanted to do it. And it does feel really good.
Every month £15 leaves my bank account and travels into the Action Aid fund to provide help to my sponsored child’s community. It’s the cost of a week’s worth of Starbucks.
I wanted to publicise Action Aid and the work that they did and I also wanted to have a place to write down what I write to Gift my sponsored child. When I first started I Googled ‘sponsored child writing letters’ and the results were pretty poor. But one blog I found wrote on a monthly basis and she also wrote about school and things that her family were getting up to.
Sometimes, its hard to know what to write about. If I were to write about going shopping or going to dinner or on holiday will it seem like I was gloating? Also, will she be able to understand some of the things that we take for granted? And how do I write a letter to a nine year old girl who has probably never heard of half the things that I talk to friends nine year old children about (Justin Beiber and the latest games are not going to cut it!)
So, each month when I send my letter, I’m going to post it here for you to read. If you sponsor a child maybe you might get some ideas from it or have some ideas for me (please share).
This month I sent Gift a postcard.
I sent postcards of Buckingham Palace and the royal family the other month with a tiny bit of history on them which I thought she and her friends might enjoy. Its easier to write a letter one month and then send a card or a postcard another month.
Do you sponsor a child? Do you write often? Have you thought about sponsoring a child? I would love to know your thoughts on the subject.
More details on Action Aid can be found here.