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Friday, January 30, 2015

Transportation and New Baby Brothers

It's been a pretty quiet week around here for me, on the sponsorship front, but yesterday, I did receive two letters, from Maria and Alexander. 

I'll share Maria's first. It was a very short letter, but she wrote in BIG handwriting on the paper. I think she was trying to make it seem like she was filling up the whole page. Maria has written me long letters in the past, but she also seems like the type of girl that likes to be in the center of activity. From what I've heard, my Compassion projects sit the children down to write letters and when the letters are complete, they get to go play/join a group activity. I can see Maria scratching out a few sentences and then running off to play. 

Maria is 10 years old and lives in Brazil. She wrote this letter on September 29th, 2014. It certainly took a long time to get to me! 

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Dear Sponsor Kayla, 

How are you? My family and I are okay. Thank you for the letter that you gave me and I'm happy receiving and reading your letters. At the project I have many friends and here we take a lot of buses to get to another place, or by car and motorcycle. I enjoyed knowing the kids that you take care of. 

Hugs from your sponsored child, 
Maria Eduarda

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Next, a letter from Alexander. I was so excited in this letter to hear that Alexander has a new baby brother, who was born in June. Alexander is 13 years old and his brother are 12, so there was definitely a long wait before this 3rd baby. 

Alexander is from Honduras and he wrote this letter on December 20th, 2014. 

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Hello Dear Sponsor Kayla,

I hope you are in good health. It always makes me happy to write to you. My siblings from oldest to youngest are: Cesar, 12 and Walter Julian, who's 6 months old. I spend most of the time with my brothers and grandmother. My family lives in the urban area. My mom prepares the food. What I like to do with my family is go play. I like to help my family by cleaning my room. Thank you for the Christmas gift they are going to give me in the CDC. I ask you to pay for me so God keeps me this Christmas. How do you celebrate Christmas? Let me tell you I did well in school. I say goodbye with kisses and hugs. 

Carlos Alexander

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Word from Elias

I received a letter from Elias, in Ethiopia yesterday. I've been writing to Elias for nearly 2 years now and I've only received a handful of letters from him. Sadly, that's typical of children from Ethiopia. Every letter I receive from Elias is essentially the same, he talks about the same topics. Even though I don't get much from him, I have to keep reminding myself that the important thing is that I am writing to him, encouraging him, loving on him, and sharing hope with him. That's the point of the correspondence department. Still, I hope that someday, Elias and and I have a breakthrough of personality.

Elias is 16 years old. This letter is dated November 12th, 2014.

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Dear Kayla, 

How are you my dear guardian? My family and I are doing very well. Praise God, I am attending both my academic class and Sunday school bible studies. Please send more letters and photos to me. I love and respect you. See you in my next letter. Bye bye! 

Elias

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A New Photo for Eric

Next to letters from our kids, I think the happiest moment for a sponsor is seeing a new photo of our kids. I got a new photo our my boy Eric. I have been writing to him for over 3 years now. I just love seeing my kids grow and mature.



Friday, January 23, 2015

Three More for the Record Books

I was happy to find three letters in the mailbox today, including a very first letter from Ernest. I'll share that one first. He wrote on the template for My Dental Check Up.

Ernest is 8 years old and lives in Ghana. He wrote this letter on October 10th, 2014.

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My Dental Check Up

1. My last dental check up was in: March

2. For my dental check up, I went to: The Project

3. I got to my dental check up by: Walking

4. The following people went to my dental check up with me: Volunteer & Project Worker

5. At my dental check up I learned that I have to: Eat clean and warm food 

Thank you for: Words of encouragement, pictures, stickers, and sponsorship. 

Child's prayer request: Ernest says pray for him to be strong and healthy always. 

He says he is doing well. He say he lives in a small farming community and people rear animals like goats, hens, and others have dogs in their houses. He says they have mangoes, bananas, oranges, watermelons, pears, etc. he says he will tell you about his family in next letter. 

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Next up, a lovely letter from Khushi. Out of all of my girls, she's definitely one of the most chatty. She always has a lot to say and I love hearing everything. She's such a sweet girl. 

Khushi is 10 years old and lives in India. Her letter is dated October 17th, 2014. 

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My dear friend Kayla, 

How are you? I am doing well here. Everyone at my home is doing well. I have received so many letters from you. It is so nice to hear and learn lots of things about you. I really enjoyed your letters and beautiful pictures. Thank you so much. I am happy that you also like to hear what I write in letters to you. I do believe that God is good and he has a great plan for me. I am happy that in the project I can learn to grow in trust and faith in God these days. I am writing my half yearly exams. I am also enjoying the activities at the project. In some days, we will have a sports meet. I am excited about it. Weather is becoming cold and if it rains we will have snowfall again. I like winter. This year we are growing a garden, but this time we don't have much vegetables. I am happy that these days my father is with us at home. He will go back to his job after two weeks. My older sister Priyanka now got a five month old daughter. I love her so much. My mother was sick and was taken to a good hospital for treatment and had to be out of home for many days. I missed my mother so much, but I thank God that now she is much better and is back home. I also go for tutoring for math and English in evening time. I thank you very much for your support and prayers. I love you so much. You are a big encouragement and big blessing for me. I wish we could meet someday. 

With Love and Prayers,
Khushi

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Lastly, I got a letter from my little brother, Kalpesh. Ever since I first started writing to him, he's called me his big sister. I must admit, I love having a little brother. I always wanted one. 

Kalpesh is 12 years old and lives in India. He wrote this letter on October 6th, 2014. 

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Hello dear sister! 

How are you doing? How is your job going on? Say hello to all of your family members and your students for me. I am very glad to get your letters with beautiful stickers and pictures of your uncle, aunt, and your cousins. I'm very glad to hear about your trip to Indiana, where you visited different shops and you spent time with your uncle's family. Thanks a lot for praying for my studies and my health. Also thank you so much about comments on the henna design. (He drew me a picture of a henna design) That henna design is worn on special occasions like marriage and festivals and other programs. Very soon, our first term exams are going to start so I am working hard. After exams we will have an inter-project sports competition and the end of this month, so we are practicing the games. After that, I have decided to visit my mom and siblings. I also like ice cream. Whenever I went to a trip outside for program with other project children and staff, our sir bought us some. Our teachers are very good and they care for us always. One again, thanks a lot for the letters. May God keep you safe. 

In Christ, Your Brother,
Kalpesh

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Friday, January 16, 2015

My Three New Kiddos

I only requested three new kiddos a few days ago. This is the fastest that I've ever been assigned children. Just amazing!

I couldn't fit them nicely into one collage, so I made two. :)


Emanise is 15 years old and lives in Haiti. 



Rujikorn is 10 years old and lives in Thailand. She is a Karen child. I've heard many things about the Karen people and I'm interested in learning more about them. 

Jhonrex is 14 years old (his photo is just about 2 years old, I should be getting a new one any day now) and he lives in the Philippines. 


Yay! New kiddos to get to know! 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Letters from the Week

I've been getting letters this week, but I've been too lazy to type them up. You know how it is, right? Haha.

I'm not much into small talk tonight, so here are the four letters I've received:

First up, a letter from Sagitaria. Her letters are typically short, but very sweet.

Sagitaria is 11 years old and lives in Indonesia. She wrote this letter on November 16th, 2014.

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Dearest Kayla, 

Shalom, mami. How are you there? My family and I are fine in Indonesia. I am fine here. My schooling is going well and I am studying like my friends do. My favorite lesson is religion because I think religion is very important and useful for my life. Mami, I pray to Lord Jesus so that we are blessed with good health and long life. I am so happy to reply to the letter from you, mami. Lord bless us all. 

Shalom,
Sagitaria

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Next, a letter from Florenc. It has been quite a while since I last heard from this guy. This year, he started 10th grade, which is the first year of high school in Albania. I think it's been keeping him pretty busy. A bit of explanation, on his progress report for 2014, there was a section for him to compare himself to an animal. He chose a butterfly. I wrote him a letter asking why. He answered in this letter. 

Florenc is 15 years old. This letter is not dated. 

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Dear Kayla, 

I was happy receiving your letter. When I opened it and read it, I was very happy. I showed it to my father and my mother. They read it and they were happy about you and for the fact that you are getting on well. You asked me about my health. I am very well. I am in the 10th grade. During summer holidays, we were in Vlore beach for a day visit. I had a good time there with my friends. During the trip, we stopped at a zoo and saw different animals. 

I chose the butterfly because I wish I could fly over there to your place and make you a surprise for summer vacations. 

I finished the 9th grade and I am now in the high school. I am getting on well. I am closing this letter with much love. I hope this letter finds you well. I am waiting for your next letter. 

With Respect, 
Florenc

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Now, a letter from Nikko. It's always such a pleasure to hear from Nikko. You can really feel his personality through his writing. 

Nikko is 16 years old and lives in the Philippines. He wrote this letter on October 23rd, 2014. 

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Dear Ms. Kayla, 

Good day! Thank you so much for sending me letters. I'm fine with my family here, thanks to God. How about you? I hope you're doing good too. I hope you're in good health condition. 

I'm happy to hear about the tooth fairy story. It is my first time to hear that story and I never know that children there in the U.S were happy every time the lose their teeth. It's not like here in the Philippines because children are afraid to lose their teeth. They will be bullied by other kids and they're afraid of the dentist because of the injections. Here also in Philippines we celebrated Friendship Day. We celebrate Mother's and Father's Day. We also celebrate Independence Day and lots of other celebrations. 

Yes, it is true there are other children in our project who have never received a letter from their sponsor, that is why I am very thankful every time I receive letters. I'm very much lucky and blessed. 

I hope you had a great day there and enjoy God's blessings. Thank you also for all your prayers. You may continue to pray for me and I for you. God bless. 1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us." 

Nikko

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Last up, a letter from Wendjy. He really has become one of my best writers. He's such a great young man. 

Wendjy is 20 years old and lives in Haiti. His letter is dated November 15th, 2014. 

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Dear Kayla, 

It is a real pleasure to get in touch with you. How are your activities going? Your health? I hope everything goes well for you and your family. I was glad to get your last interesting letters. You asked me how was the official test. I passed it, thanks to God, because he is he who gives understanding, memory, and other things. I hope that I will always succeed, thanks to God, in whatever I do. I thank you for your prayers. Please continue to pray for my family and me because we really want God to keeps us under his wings. I will keep praying for you too. I hope to hear from you once again and to get a reply from you. I wish God to always protect you and bless you. 

Wendjy

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More Information About My Newest Kiddos

I briefly shared about my new kiddos a couple of weeks ago, but now that I received my packets for them from Compassion, I want to share a little more about their families and lives. This is probably for my own record, than for anybody's else's, but maybe you'll still find it interesting.

I will also be sharing some of the things that are offered at the projects these children attend. All Compassion projects provide healthy food, health screening, tutoring, games, bible lessons, health and hygiene training, etc, that basics. I will share some of the interesting things these projects offer. The things that are outside the ordinary.


This handsome young man is Abbas. He is 18 years old. He lives with his parents, who both work as farmers. They only earn about $10 a month. He has 2 siblings. He is a pretty busy guy at home. His chores include caring for animals, farming, cleaning, carrying water, and washing clothes. For fun, Abbas likes to play soccer, walking, reading, art, and listening to music. He's in high school and has average performance. 

Abbas lives in Luwero, Uganda. The common spoken language is English. Abbas' project provide community service opportunities, counseling, writing classes, and skills training. 



This beautiful girl is Swapna. She is 18 years old. She lives with her parents and is the only child in the home. She either has no siblings or her siblings are all older and out of the house. Her father works as a driver and probably earns about $40 a month. Swapna helps at home by washing clothes, sewing, cleaning, and helping in the kitchen. For fun, she enjoys singing, art, story telling, swimming, and riding a bike. She is in high school and has average performance. 

Swapna lives in Kokata, India. The common spoken languages are Hindi, Bengali, and English. On top of the basics, Swapna's project also provides special celebrations and literacy training for parents. 



Little Miss Serious here is Faith. She is 9 years old. She lives with her mother and has 5 siblings! Her mother works as a farmer and earns a very meager $2 a month. Faith works at home running errands and helping in the kitchen. Faith likes playing group games and jumping rope. She is in primary school and has average performance. 

Faith lives in Thika, Kenya. The common spoken languages are Swahili and English. Her projects provides camps and arts and crafts training. 



Sir Serious here is Mulwa. He is 7 years old. He lives with his parents and has 3 siblings. His parents are both farmers and probably earn about $25 a month. Mulwa helps his family by cleaning, carrying water, and running errands. He likes to play group games with his friends, like ball games and hide and seek. He is in primary school and has average performance. 

Mulwa also lives in Thika, Kenya. Languages spoken there are Swahili and English. His project provides education field trips and arts and crafts training.