My husband and I have three sponsored children through Compassion International. With Compassion, each child has exactly 1 sponsor and we are encouraged to write to the children and they will write back. Originally, the letters/cards/photos were sent to Colorado for the children and then would be routed to the appropriate place. Same with the return letters, they child would write it, it would get sent to Colorado and then routed to us. I was really good at this because I planned ahead for the year and had one card per child per month ready to go with stickers or a photo or a postcard. Each month, I would write a note inside and send them off.
Sometime last year (I think) they changed the way letters are done. Now we can write letters to the children online and attach photos. The children write back and the letters get scanned into the website and we can log in to view/print them. I understand why they made the changes (saves time and money that could be used elsewhere and also speeds up the process since there is no snail mail delay) but I must admit that I am now HORRIBLE at writing. I don’t want to log into another website to type up another “letter” to send. I get an email when there is a letter from one of the children waiting for me to read… and then I just don’t make time to go to the website to download the letter and read it.
I spend all day on a computer at work and would much rather spend some time away from it when I get home… but maybe this system works better for some people? I don’t know but I do know that it isn’t really working out for me.