Top five ways to connect with your sponsored child

Sponsorship is about more than just giving money to help people in need -- it's about letting children know they are loved.

Taking time to write letters or send small gifts and cards can create a meaningful relationship with your sponsored child. Many sponsors find that investing in this relationship is more than a blessing for their sponsored child -- it also changes their own life.

Read on to learn how you can create a lasting relationship with your sponsored child.

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    How child sponsorship through World Vision works

    Maybe you've wondered how World Vision's global programs work; why sponsorship is a monthly pledge; or what happens when someone stops sponsoring a child.

    During her visit to Sri Lanka with the World Vision blogger team, Laura Tremaine sought answers to these questions, and here, she shares some of her experience.

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      [Sri Lanka Bloggers] I don’t think it’s just the jet-lag talking

      Joy Bennett traveled to Sri Lanka with our blogger team last week to experience firsthand how World Vision's sponsorship programs are making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities in need. Along the way, she discovered just how stark poverty can be -- and how blessed we are as Americans.

      How does she feel now that she's back in the United States? Read on to find out.

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        [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Sewvandi and Mala

        During her visit to Sri Lanka last week with the World Vision blogger team, Laura Tremaine met Mala and her daughter, Sewvandi, whose story she shares below. Knowing that education is key to helping Sewvandi escape from poverty, Laura made a special commitment to the girl.

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          [Sri Lanka Bloggers] The crowd waiting for us in the street, and my new hero

          Shawn Smucker traveled with the World Vision blogger team to Sri Lanka last week, visiting with children, families, and communities whose lives have been changed by our work made possible through child sponsorship.

          In this post, he describes his experience receiving a very warm welcome from residents of an area where World Vision is concluding its development work, which has equipped the community to become self-sufficient and sustainable.

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            [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Sri Lanka: A tale of two fathers

            World Vision Sri Lanka blogger Darrell Dow compares his own worries and uncertainties with that of another father, whom he met in Sri Lanka while traveling with our blogger team to witness firsthand the impacts of World Vision's child sponsorship programs.

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              [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Married at 13

              World Vision Sri Lanka blogger Allison Olfelt shares about her remarkable encounter with a young women who was forced into marriage at the age of 13 -- and became pregnant shortly thereafter. The girl's story is a heart-wrenching one -- but thanks to World Vision sponsorship, her daughters can avoid becoming trapped in a similar situation.

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                [Sri Lanka Bloggers] Giving locally, giving globally

                Laura Tremaine is traveling with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka this week, visiting children, families, and communities whose lives have been impacted by World Vision's work through our sponsorship programs.

                Today, she discusses a provocative question: How do we make international assistance a priority when the need is so great right here in the United States?

                Read on for her thoughts -- and then share your own!

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                  [Sri Lanka Bloggers] When aid ends

                  Roxy Wieman, traveling this week with our team of eight bloggers in Sri Lanka, shares her experience with a question that's not often considered but is equally important to World Vision's work: What happens when our development efforts are complete -- and how do we know when a community is ready to be self-sufficient?

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                    [Sri Lanka Bloggers] We are one, but we're not the same

                    As the Sri Lanka bloggers continue their journey experiencing firsthand how World Vision sponsorship helps transform the lives of children and families in poverty, Joy Bennett shares a collection of pictures of a special moment -- meeting her two sponsored boys.

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