Writing Letters to Your Child in Sudan

“I think God love me so much that is why we write a letters to each other”

-Elizabeth Akon Malek

 

In a war-torn land with NO MAIL SERVICE the first question our mission teams hear when they visit our orphans is, ‘Do you have any mail for me?’  To the orphans, letter day is CELEBRATION DAY! Letters and pictures are cherished gifts because through these letters the children are reminded that they are not forgotten. They brag about their international “family” with each other and often sleep with their letters and pictures. A letter is a tangible reminder to the child that someone loves them and is praying for them by name. Exchanging letters is a great way to connect with your child and to build a loving relationship!

 

Next Deadline For Your Child Letters:

Our Father’s Cleft: November 1
New Life Ministry: November 1
Hope For South Sudan: November 1


 

Letter Writing Do’s and Don’ts

Do’s

• Keep it Simple.
• Write a 3-4 paragraph (max) letter in clear block print.
• Encourage them with scripture verses and to remain faithful to Christ.
• Share with your sponsored child about your prayers for them.
• Write about your family (# of children, pets…).
• Encourage them in their school studies, and to study hard and listen to their teachers.
• Write to them about what it would be like to be a pilot, pastor… (if you know what they hope to become).
• Share with them about what activities you like to do and your work.
• Send a family picture, a postcard of where you are from, or a drawing from your children. In pictures please make sure everyone is modestly dressed. We suggest not sending more than 3 photos.

Don’ts

• Don’t write in cursive. Your child is learning English, but it is still complicated for him or her.
• Don’t write about politics.
• Don’t mention ‘I hope to meet you one day.’ To a child who has suffered extreme trauma they are not able to differentiate between a possibility and a promise. Mentioning this would be confusing and potentially hurtful to them.
• Don’t mention money or financially supporting them because they might think that they should be receiving that money directly.
• Don’t mention the trauma that they have suffered, what they have lost, or about being an orphan.
• Please don’t send any gifts (books, sticker sheets, soft picture albums, bracelets, beads, etc.)


Place your letters in an unsealed envelope and put your Child’s Name and Class # on the front. Then in a larger envelope address the letter to:
Make Way Partners
Child Sponsorship Letters
P.O. Box 459
Chelsea, AL 35043
Our orphanages are remote and require Make Way Partners staff to travel by plane to deliver or collect letters. Make sure you get your letter in on time to send with our next team!

 

Have further questions?

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR LETTERS TO GET TO & FROM SUDAN?

Kinga letter brighterMake Way Partners specifically works where little to no other help is available because it is considered either “too” dangerous, “too” expensive or “too” remote for most people to go. The orphans we protect live in remote locations — far from the roadways or any other forms of rapid communication with the outside world. Many rural areas do not have phones, internet, or even postal service. In Sudan, where there are few roads or bridges, transportation is a challenge and travel is often interrupted or impossible during certain times of year due to heavy rains and flooding. Our orphanages are remote and require Make Way Partners staff to travel by plane and cruiser to deliver or collect a letter.

Our staff members and indigenous leaders supervise the writing and delivery of these letters. Most sponsored children have never written a letter, and they need assistance writing to their sponsors in a foreign language (English). If your sponsored child is unable to read or write, someone must help him or her read your letter and write out the response. This person may be a school teacher, a friend, or a Make Way Partner staff member. If your child has received assistance with writing, there will be a special note on the letter, which indicates this. This sometimes slows the letter response process.

Once the letter is written, it is returned to the Make Way Partners’ Headquarters to be sent on to the sponsor. All of this can take a substantial amount of time.

HOW DO I WRITE TO MY CHILD?

joyWe encourage sponsors to get to know the child they are sponsoring through exchanging letters!

You may send cards and letters to your sponsored child at the Make Way Partners PO Box.   Sending correspondence through MWP enables our staff to maintain required correspondence records and also protects your privacy.

For the protection of the children, sponsors, and our staff, we do read letters that are exchanged between sponsors and their sponsored children. The letters are reviewed to ensure people do not threaten children, put their lives in danger, or try to develop inappropriate relationships.

Please refer to the Do’s and Don’ts letter writing tip sheet you received in your Welcome Kit to help you learn how best to correspond with your child in their situation.   It is also listed on this page (see above).

Receiving a letter from your sponsored child typically takes several months. Letters must be monitored and often delivered to and from remote areas, so please be patient.

MAY I VISIT MY SPONSORED CHILD?

LindseyYes! Meeting your sponsored child face-to-face can be an exciting and rewarding event for both of you. Visiting Sudan and the remote communities where our sponsored children live is not always a simple matter. You can meet your child by participating in one of our short-term trips throughout the year.

Our priority is to make sure children are safe. Due to our child protection requirements, all Make Way Partners mission team members must submit an application.  Please visit our mission trip page to learn more about serving in Sudan!

CAN MY CHILD COME VISIT ME IN THE USA?

We appreciate your interest in having your sponsored child visit the United States. However, Make Way Partners does not permit sponsored children to visit the U.S. for several reasons, including:

  • the safety and well-being of the child
  • the culture shock experienced by the child
  • the child’s readjustment to his or her own lifestyle can be difficult

CAN I or MY CHURCH WRITE EXTRA LETTERS FOR UNSPONSORED ORPHANS?

2013-07-14 16.17.41YES!  LETTER DAY is the happiest day of the year for our sponsored children because they hear from their international families!  We need your help to make sure that every orphan gets a letter.

Each year we need hundreds of extra letters to make sure every child receives an encouraging note of remembrance!  Make it fun by hosting a letter writing party with your friends, family, small group… we accept volunteers throughout the year!  

Please simply leave the name blank in your letter (we’ll address to an unsponsored child) and follow the letter writing do’s and don’ts above.  You can send in your extra letters throughout the year. 

If you have any questions on writing a letter for an unsponsored orphan, e-mail:
sponsorship@makewaypartners.org