Ok, ok, I apologize for the cliche and terribly un-creative title for this blog post. ;) Yesterday, I was thrilled to find the 8th addition to our Compassion International family when I logged into our account.
Welcome to the family, Mkapa from Tanzania!
This handsome fella is 15 years old and sounds quite interesting from the tidbits written in his bio. He is part of the choir at church and his family duties include washing clothes, running errands, cleaning, caring for animals, carrying water, gathering firewood, teaching others and kitchen help. His interests include musical instruments, swinging, group games, soccer, walking, marbles, running, reading, art, jump rope, singing, listening to music, ball games and story telling. Phew! That is quite a list!
I contacted Compassion and asked for his history and found that he has had 4 sponsors and his most current sponsor has been sponsoring him since 2004. While the sponsor has written from time to time, they decided this month to assign him a correspondent. He has never received a monetary gift and the average income in his area is $7 a month. Numbers like that just blow me away.
I am very excited to get to know this young man of many interests! I sent an email out to him as soon as I saw him on my account and I’ll get a handwritten letter and some photos out within the week. Thankfully, I was prompted to get extras of our recent snow photos, so I have them on hand and can send them with this first mailed letter.
If you are interested in learning more about the Correspondence program, check out my Letter Writing 101 post!