Yesterday I received another letter from my sponsor child, Ariane Mae. I always get excited to read her letters because it makes this experience more real. She tells me about her life and I tell her about mine.
My Dearest Casey,
Thank you so much for the pictures that you sent to me. You have cute pets named Lucy, Mandy, Lucky, and Lola. You are so beautiful in your picture. Last month we had a dental check-up and we have also many activities here in the center. I am now in Grade 4 and I study well. How is your family? I hope you will always include me in your prayers that I will be a good child always. Me also, I always pray for you. Thank you and God bless.
Off to write this beautiful little one back. Happy Sunday!
A few days ago I received a letter in the mail from my sponsor child, Ariane! According to the date on her letter, she had written it in August. The two month gap from when she wrote the letter to when it arrived at my house is just an example of how long it takes to communicate with her. Regardless, i still grin like a fool when I get something from her. Her birthday is coming up, October 27th, and I plan to send her a small package. The company provides a list of things I am able/not able to send. Fortunately, they’ve given me enough leeway to come up with something really special for her. Here’s what she wrote to me:
Her native language;
Mahal kong Casey. Salamat po sa sulat mo po sa akin, Masaya po ako dahil po ikaw ang aking sponsor, kumusta na po kayo? Sana po ay nasa mabut po ang kalagayan, niyo po, katatapos ko palang po mag campaign, kasi po kasali po ako sa girls scout, Nasa ika-apat na po akong baitang, palagi po akong may honors. Salamat po, hangang dito na lang po ang aking sulat,
Ariane Mae Q. Pura
(I can’t get over how different her native language is!)
Thank you for your letter to me. I am happy because you are my sponsor. How are you? I hope you are in good condition. We just finished our campaign because I joined in girl scouts. I am now in fourth grade level. I always got honors. Thank you, till here my letter.
Ariane Mae Q. Pura
Apparently, I was too giddy to open it correctly.
I can’t wait to send her my love on her birthday. I wish she could read this and know how grateful I am to have her as a part of my life.
Yesterday I received my very first letter from Ariane. It was so sweet. She shared her favorite scripture from the bible and what her favorite foods were. She also said her favorite songs are “anything from Celine Dion”. Who wouldn’t smile at that? She also told me about her family members and her fat cat “Mateo”. She asked me a few questions about my life and told me what her favorite subjects were in school.
She even drew me a little picture!
I wrote her back and had so much to say. I told her that she was special to me and that I love our friendship. She and I were meant to be connected. I feel a sense of accomplishment and selflessness with Ariane. Something I’ve wanted to feel for so long. She said “Thank you for choosing me”, when really it should be me thanking her.
Greetings! Today I recieved an email letting me know that Ariane now knows my name. Here’s a screen shot of the email…
I was so excited when I saw this! I can’t wait for her to get my first letter. Because of her location, it can take a few weeks for her to recieve it due to the slow delivery process. If you wish to see a video of a child learning about his/her sponsor, you can view that here.
Happy Sunday y’all!
A few days ago I recieved a pamphlet of information telling me all about Ariane and her family. These are the challenges her and her family face living in the Philippines:
“Ariane lives in the coastal community of Sorsogon City, home to approximately 150,000 residents. Typical houses are construced of dirt floors, bamboo walls and thatch roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, fish, bread, cassava, and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs, colds, fevers, and flu. Most adults in Sorsogon City work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month.”
With a sponsorhip she is provided with “Bible teaching, exercises, dental and medical checkups, field trips, nutritious food, tutoring, school fees, and school supplies.”
Inside the pamphlet was a custom sheet of stationary for me to use as my very first letter. Because she speaks a different language, I have to send all of my letters to the Compassion Headquarters in Colorado for them to translate. I wrote a small message to her saying I was delighted to meet her and continue our relationship. Then, on the back of the stationary, was a place to write my favorite scripture. This is what I wrote:
Regardless of what your beliefs are, this verse is lovely in and of itself. After I finished I tucked a photo of myself inside, kissed it for good luck, and mailed it off. For now, I will anxiously await her reply.