Thanks for taking the time to write to your sponsored child! Your letters remind your child that you love and care for them.
When writing, you can use your own stationery or right-click and download one of our letter templates (downloading is preferable to opening the template in your web browser):
Letter Template for Africa (Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda)
Letter Template for the Dominican Republic and Haiti
Letter Template for University/Vocational students
Please double-envelope your letter or package. Address the inner envelope with your child’s name and reference number on the center of the envelope and your first and last name on the upper left corner. Address the outer envelope with the COTN address, P.O. Box 3970, Silverdale, WA 98383. Add photos of envelopes properly addressed
All mail is sent to and from our countries with staff and teams. Therefore, the mail only goes when teams go, which may be once every one to three months. We suggest writing every one to two months, as it may take several months for you to receive a response. You do not have to wait for a response before you write again.
Visiting your child can be an exciting and encouraging experience for both you and your sponsored child. You can join an existing “Visit Your Child” trip or set up a trip of your own by visiting our Venture trips page.
You can learn more about the cultures of Africa and the Caribbean, and how to properly engage with your sponsored child, by reading some of the following books. Enjoy!
Sarah A. Lanier
This book is all about understanding the differences between cold-climate cultures (like the US and Europe) and hot-climate cultures (like Africa and the Caribbean).
Jonathan M. Katz
This book details the world's response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and how in many ways the relief efforts resulted more harm than good.
Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
This book shows how sometimes the best intentions can go wrong when we intervene in other cultures, and provides solutions for doing international missions right.