How your sponsored child gets your letter

Take a peek behind the scenes!

When you write to your sponsored child, it reminds them how much you care about them. Letter writing also helps your child practice their literacy skills as they learn to describe their family, friends, and interests — and receiving your letters in return is a fantastic reward for all their hard work! Sponsored kids who exchange letters with their sponsors are happier, more confident, and even more hopeful about their futures!

Whether you hand-write a letter or send an email through My World Vision, our dedicated staff love delivering your notes and seeing the smiles they bring.

Wondering what to say?

We know — sometimes it’s hard to think of what to write. If you haven’t already introduced yourself, you can start with something like:

Hi, __________! My name is __________, and I’m so happy to be your sponsor. I live in [City, State; describe what part of the U.S.]. There are __________ people in my family. Their names are __________. We also have these pets: __________. What is your family like? I can’t wait to get a letter from you!

Or, if you’ve already started getting to know each other, try these ideas:

  • Describe your family and friends: names, what they look like, interests
  • Share your (or your children’s) interests and favorites: colors, animals, school subjects, sports, hobbies
  • Tell your sponsored child why you’re thankful for them
  • Ask about their hopes and dreams — what they want to be when they grow up
  • Ask what they’re learning in school
  • Ask about their favorite games and sports
  • Share about your relationship with Jesus Christ*
  • Share Bible verses or stories you’ve read recently*
  • Remind your sponsored child that you’re praying for them*

*Note: If your child lives in an area where a faith other than Christianity is most commonly practiced, you may see a “sensitive area” alert when you send an email. Please refrain from religious references in your message, which could endanger your sponsored child or our local staff. Do continue to pray for your child’s physical and spiritual well-being.

When you write, consider your sponsored child’s environment and culture. For example, avoid writing about things you own, since your child may have very few possessions. Sharing stories, talking about family, friends, and interests, and asking about their life are great ways to keep building your relationship!

How long will it take to hear back?

We know how hard it is to wait! Remote locations and slow postal systems mean delivery can take up to three months. And once letters arrive, staff usually need to translate. Your child will love to hear from you as often as you’d like to write, and you’ll hear back up to four times a year!

How to send a message through My World Vision and the My World Vision app

It’s easy to send your sponsored child messages through My World Vision online or with the app. Here’s how to get started.

My World Vision online:

  1. Sign in or create your My World Vision account.
  2. Click “Email your Sponsored Child” at the top of the page.
  3. If you sponsor more than one child, select the one you want to email.
  4. Choose a unique design to use in your message if you like.
  5. Write your message! You can even attach a couple photos (we suggest your family or pets).
  6. Preview your message and make sure everything looks great.
  7. Send it! A World Vision staff member in your child’s country will print, translate (if needed), and deliver it.

You’ll receive a digital reply from your child within 30 to 60 days. Watch your inbox for an email notification that your message is ready for you!

My World Vision app:

  1. Download the My World Vision app and sign in or create your account.
  2. Click the “Write A Message” button under the photo of your sponsored child.
  3. If you sponsor more than one child, you can click “add/remove” in the upper right corner to select them, as well.
  4. Choose a prewritten template for birthdays, holidays, hobbies, and more!
  5. Personalize your message and attach a couple of photos (we suggest your family or pets).
  6. Preview it and make sure everything looks great.
  7. Send it! A World Vision staff member in your child’s country will print, translate (if needed), and deliver it.

A digital response from your child will be delivered to the My World Vision app within 30 to 60 days. You’ll receive a push notification on the app when it’s ready for you!

How to mail a letter

  1. Use paper of your own or download one of our fun letter designs (below).
  2. Write your message! Be sure to include your child’s full name, your child’s ID number, and your full name at the top in case your letter gets separated from the envelope. (Your child’s full name and ID number can be found at My World Vision.)
  3. Write the mailing address of the World Vision office in your sponsored child’s country on the front of the envelope. (This can also be found at My World Vision.)
  4. Write your name and address on the back flap of the envelope after folding it. Then write your child’s first name and child ID number on the back of the envelope (near the bottom).
  5. Put your letter and any photos inside the envelope.
  6. Add stamps and drop it in the mail! Check with your local post office for the right amount of postage.

Use this letter design if it’s your first time writing to your child.

Use this letter design to ask about their community and complete a fun drawing activity.

Questions? We’re happy to help! Call us at 866.461.5683