Chris’s Letters : Four

Untitled

My most recent letter was from Chris. It was short and sweet but like I always say, those are great as well! Chris actually wrote it himself so that was great! I love when the kids are old enough to write to me! Although I love hearing from their family, it’s even more special when I get to read the words right from them. Anyways, he thanks me for his most recent letter and says that it is currently rainy season. And to finish off the letter, I just noticed while writing this that the stickers on the page are some of the ones I sent him! I always send stickers and coloring pages for the kids and it always surprises me that they sometimes send them back on their letters (or color the pages for me). At first I got upset because I wanted them to keep the little things I sent them but over time I’ve come to realize that it’s such a kind act for them to send things back. It shows that they not only appreciate the things I send them but they also love to share and give back. Aw, have a mentioned how freaking awesome my little ones are?!

Chris’s Letters : Three

Untitled

I wasn’t kidding when I said I had a good amount of letters from Chris to update about! This third letter came around the same time as the second and boy does Chris’ family like to write! Other than Beth, who is an adorable little chatter box, I think Chris’ family writes the most. I love it! Anyways, in this letter from his mother she writes about how he is still learning to write and in nursery school. She also says that he has four brothers and two sisters (if I’m reading it right). I also believe she meant three brothers because she then goes on to list the siblings but includes Chris in the description. So, I believe they have six children total. My spelling will probably be 100% incorrect but I believe the letter says :

  • Taxii Timohry is 23 years old and completed vocational school and is looking for a job
  • Timohry Nyombi is 20 years old and completed senior six bat(?) is still at home due to school fees
  • Nyiramugisha Cassy is 5(?) years old and in primary seven
  • Kato Ingishisuho is 3 years old and in middle (not sure what the word is following this)
  • Kato Ignithos and Kakuru Chrisestom (yes, Child Fund had been spelling his name incorrectly the whole time — I got a letter informing me of this recently) are the twins

She also mentions that their father’s name is Atanansi Mundanikure (oh, how I’ve probably spelled that completely wrong as well..) and that he is a stationary dealer and that she is a scrap dealer in a small town called Kiseuyi. (Google it. It’s terrifying.) Anyways, now that I just spent my afternoon looking up this small town… she finishes the letter by saying his favorite color is yellow and thanking me for choosing their family to help! Overall, a wonderful and informative letter! I couldn’t be happier!

Chris’s Letters : Two

Untitled

After not hearing from Chris and his family for a while I was expecting to only get a letter here and there from then. Well, I was wrong! After his first letter, I got two additional ones right in a row. This letter was the second and included a general progress report similar to ones that I have gotten from my other kids. It mentions that he’d like to be a teacher when he grows up, that he likes drawing and that he likes to ride bikes! It also mentions that his family is healthy and doing well. The nice part about this letter is that it was from his mother, unlike the last which was from his father. It’s rare that I get to write to both parents so that was nice. But the best part was that I got two photos with this letter! I always love getting photos from the kids! It was great to not only see Chris but his mother and twin brother too! I still have yet to find out his name though! Either way, a great letter that made up for the misunderstanding (a little) in the previous letter!

Chris’s Letters : One

Untitled

I’m excited today to finally write about my last first letter! It’s been months and I was honestly only days away from contacting Child Fund but I finally received a letter from Chris who I started to sponsor back in February!

The letter was short and sweet. It was written by his father and he welcomed me to the family. He stated that they received the letter I sent to Chris and that he was writing to me since Chris is still too young to write himself. He told me that Chris’ twin is a boy. (Good to know in the future.) and that he enjoys football (soccer to us Americans) and math.

Also, this absolutely breaks my heart to write about but there was a BIG misunderstanding in my first letter. I’ve put together the similar first letters for all six of my children so it was a big surprise to see this happen. Apparently, he took my “What is your favorite color?” question as “What color are you?” I felt/still feel absolutely mortified by this. All of my other children and their families didn’t have difficulty with this question but something happened with the translation for Chris’s father, Atanasi. I would never want them to think I care about such a trivial thing. He didn’t seem mad or upset that I asked in the letter but either way, I am. Luckily (?) I am bi-racial myself so hopefully they took less offense to the question than they would have if I was not. Either way, race is something that is not important to me and I would never want my sponsor children thinking I care about theirs! Ugh, anyways… this letter was super exciting to get but unfortunately took a turn for the worse at the end…

Mike’s Letters : Three

Untitled

Aww, I’m slowly rounding up the end of my letters. The letter above is from Mike, well his father. It’s always interesting to get these letters because, in the past, I only wrote to my sponsor children or their mothers so it’s interesting to talk to the fathers instead.

Deo, his father, thanks me for the most recent letter I sent and says that Mike is doing well in school and at the top of his class. He then finishes the letter by saying the Mike loves me a lot which is super sweet. Overall, it’s a short but sweet letter which is all a sponsor can ask for!

Ingrid’s Letters : Four

Untitled

Today I’m finishing up my girls’ letters with my most recent letter from Ingrid! Like Veasna, her letters are typically pretty short and simple seeing the language difference. This letter she mentions that she received my most recent package (I always like hearing this) and that her baby brother was finally born! She also mentions that he’s tiny and they took a lot of photos of him. Sadly, I still have yet to get any photos from her. I’m not sure if it’s a cultural thing or if it depends on the country but I have received letters with photos from all of my children in Uganda but neither Ingrid or Veasna (both from other parts of the world) have sent me any photos.

Anyways, she finishes the letter off by telling me that she will be taking some summer courses to learn how to swim (how cute) and ends the letter with a “big hug and much love”. She’s definitely a sweetie and I’m looking forward to getting to know her. She actually just had a birthday last week but is still my youngest girl. Sometimes it’s a challenge with younger sponsor children but it’s also great. It just means that I’ll have more time to get to know them and be there for them while they are growing up which is great!

Beth’s Letters : Six

Untitled

Today’s letter is from Beth. She is the sweetest little girl – ever. Although she is one of my newer sponsor children, I definitely think I’m closest to her. She has always been so personal from the beginning and loves to not only share with me but learn about me as well.

Untitled

She mentions in this letter that she’s been a little sick but has medicine so she’ll get better. (This scared/still scares me). She also mentions that it’s been sunny and that she’s been playing a lot. In addition to this, she mentions getting my last letter and how she plans to put the stickers around the house and also on her exercise books. Lastly, she says that I was beautiful when I was little (I sent her a photo of me fishing when I was a little kid) and says she loves me.

Such a sweet little girl! Like I said before, she’s always been extremely loving and caring from the beginning. I seriously could not ask for a more caring sponsor child. She is the one child I always struggle with when I send letters. I always worry that she won’t understand how much I appreciate her kindness and I try to reinforce that she is such an amazing person. I know when kids are little (no matter where they are from) the outside world can break them and turn them into something else, especially if they are in hard situations. I just hope that nothing ever changes Beth and her kind little heart!