First up, a short, but sweet letter from Enmanuel. In his letter he talks a bit about what Christmas means to him.
Enmanuel is 9 years old and lives in the Dominican Republic. His letter is dated December 6th, 2016.
God bless you. How are you and your family? How do you plan to celebrate Christmas? This is a season for peace and being around family. I like this season because I can play with my cousins and friends. Please pray for my family and me. Merry Christmas and happy new year.
Up next, a letter from Mulwa, written by his tutor. Seems to just be an ordinary, everyday letter this time. There must not have been anything exciting to share. I can relate.
Mulwa is 9 years old and lives in Kenya. His letter is dated December 13th, 2016.
Mulwa says hello Kayla. He says he loves you for your support towards his life. He thanks you for the gifts and letters you have been sending him. He says he is working hard at school to achieve his objective goals. He wishes one day God grants you an opportunity to meet him, so he can express his grateful feelings to you. He says he always prays for you to live long. He requests you to continue praying for him to excel well in his life. He wishes you all the best in your life.
Last up, a super long letter from Becca! I haven't known her long, but this girl is a gem! She is responding to my questions from several letters.
Becca is 9 years old and lives in the Philippines. Her letter was written December 16th, 2016.
Dear Ate Kayla,
How are you and your family? We're doing good here. I am so happy to receive many letters from you and knowing that you and Ate Brandilyn are friends. Please send my regards to Ate Brandilyn whenever you meet her.
My family members are my father, mother, and my half-brother, Kuya Ydreian. Kuya Ydreian and I are both registered in the Compassion project. That's why my family and I are so blessed. My Kuya Ydreian goes home sometimes because he lives in my grandparents' house. I like toys and story books. We live in a small house that's fit for us, in a slope, and it is a bit muddy. We don't own the lot. The owner of it is my maternal aunt. Our home is made of bamboo weave, nipa, and the flooring is bamboo wood. We sleep in a foam bed. We have electricity and we fetch our water in our neighborhood. The common jobs in my community are carpentry and farming. My mom's job is a daycare worker, where she has 40 pupils aged 3-4. My father is the one who is at home and doesn't have a job since he is old and can't get hired whenever he applies for a job. He is the one who accompanies me whenever I go to school and back home.
The Compassion project is a big help to us. It helps us in our studies, medical treatment, spiritual life, and many more. Whenever we go to the market, we ride in tricycles or multicabs. There is also a bus when you go to far places. There are 230 kids here in our project.
I am now in the 4th grade and my favorite subject is English. I find math as my difficult subject. I wear my school uniform every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We spend 8 hours at school. Boys and girls don't sit together. In our classroom, there are 31 students. My teacher's name is Mrs. Ena Benocilla and she is so kind. My best friend is Dianne. I have many friends, but they are not like Dianne's attitude. Recess time is the time we spend playing during school days. We have a computer subject, but there are few computers at school. I also do art sometimes but I don't have enough materials. There are many beautiful spots here in our country.
Ate, thank you for the time in reading this letter and I hope I answered all of your questions. God bless you more, and to your family. I'm waiting for your next letter. Merry Christmas!
A typical "Nipa Hut" like Rebecca mentioned in her letter