Write To Your Child

A letter to your sponsored child means more than you can imagine! As a sponsor, your words have the power of life. Encouragement to your child builds confidence, identity and hope.

There are a few options for writing to your child:

1) Template: Fill out the template, and get it to us by email or post mail.

Click to download the template

Email the completed template to lauriesvalstad@empoweringlives.org or mail it to:

Empowering Lives International
Child Sponsorship Program
PO Box 67
Upland, CA 91785

2) Online: fill out the form below (and even attach a photo if you would like)

3) Post mail: Print out the template and mail it in, or mail in your own letter! Scroll down for simple guidelines on what to include in your letter and instructions on how to mail it. Send mail to:

Empowering Lives International
Child Sponsorship Program
PO Box 67
Upland, CA 91785


Don’t have time to send a note in the mail? No problem!

Here is an online form just to say a quick hello.

  • Your Child's ID# E.g. IL-046 or KK-003
  • Upload a photo or letter. Please include your child's ID# and Name.
  • Use this space to write a note to your child. It will be printed and given to your child.



The children love receiving letters from their sponsors. Here are some simple guidelines for writing to your child.

Be sure to write your child’s name and ID number at the top of your letter.

Do not include your personal address, email or contact information:

For your privacy and the child’s privacy, please send all correspondence through the USA office only. This enables us to maintain required correspondence records and protects your privacy as well as the child’s. Do not use any other forms of social media.

Writing themes:

Focus on themes the child can relate to. Please refrain from writing about material possessions (cars, homes, vacations, etc…) which will emphasize differences. Discuss a person who influenced you, an important lesson learned or share about your family.

Do not promise or offer a child to come visit you:

We appreciate your interest in having your child visit, but we do not permit this for a number of reasons (child safety, culture shock, readjustment to own culture, etc…) Having the child leave their own culture is not always the best thing for them, and we are looking out for their long-term health and sustainability.

Encourage the child to believe in God and in himself/herself.

Sending gifts:

You may send any FLAT items that fit inside a 9”x 12” envelope (stickers, bookmarks, photos of your family, a thin paperback children’s book, etc. Please do not include candy or gum as it can melt in transit).

Avoid asking what the child may want:

We want your relationship to be based on mutual friendship rather than material gifts.


Please make sure that all persons are dressed appropriately. Please, no bathing suits, or short shorts/skirts, as this type of dress is inappropriate in Kenyan village culture.


Empowering Lives International
Child Sponsorship Program
PO Box 67
Upland, CA 91785

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: sponsorships@empoweringlives.org – 909.931.1311

We reserve the right to review each letter and any enclosed materials for compliance with our guidelines and decline any inappropriate communications