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One Letter's Amazing Journey


During this festive season of generosity and goodwill, it’s not just letters to Santa making their way around the world. Plan’s child sponsors and their sponsored children are exchanging letters and pictures, too! We think there’s something really special about these letters, and you can be part of the holiday magic. Become a child sponsor, add to your sponsorship family, or share this video with a friend today!

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My Name is Zekarias

I am a 1 year old boy

Zekarias and family live in a community in central Ethiopia. Many people are very poor and earn income from subsistence businesses or low paying jobs like daily wage laborers. Generally, the area is considered a slum with no sewage or garbage disposal and little access to effective health care. Schools are often split into multiple shifts so that most children are able to attend. Food supplies are hardly substantial and most families live in rented shacks which are often unsanitary and poorly ventilated. Children need many of the basics, like vaccinations and clean water. The families are eager to improve their situation. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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About Zekarias

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a public stand pipe, up to 30 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Zekarias's family lives in a house made of stone with a corrugated asbestos sheeting roof and an earth floor.

Health

According to the family, Zekarias has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Mikias

I am a 7 year old boy

Mikias and family live in a community in central Ethiopia. Many people are very poor and earn income from subsistence businesses or low paying jobs like daily wage laborers. Generally, the area is considered a slum with no sewage or garbage disposal and little access to effective health care. Schools are often split into multiple shifts so that most children are able to attend. Food supplies are hardly substantial and most families live in rented shacks which are often unsanitary and poorly ventilated. Children need many of the basics, like vaccinations and clean water. The families are eager to improve their situation. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

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About Mikias

Access To Water

The family's water is piped into their compound.

How They Cook

The family uses electricity for cooking.

Type of House

Mikias's family lives in a house made of covered brick walls with a shingle roof and a tiled floor.

Health

According to the family, Mikias has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Stanley

I am a 4 year old boy

Stanley lives in a community that is located on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The size of the families are relatively large, averaging 10 persons per household. Agriculture is the main livelihood activity and cassava, maize and cowpeas are the main food crops. Typical houses in the area are dome-shaped and made of thatched grass. Most school building are dilapidated and classrooms lack desks and chairs. Textbooks are limited and one book can be shared by as many as six pupils. Lack of access to potable water is a serious problem. Health facilities are inaccessible and many women give birth at home in unhygienic conditions. The dirt roadways are impassable between April and June which is the rainy season. Your assistance will bring welcome relief to the families.

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About Stanley

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a well, up to 30 minutes away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Stanley's family lives in a house made of bamboo and mud with a thatched roof and an earth floor.

Health

According to the family, Stanley has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

My Name is Bongiwe

I am a 6 year old girl

Bongiwe and family live in a community in the central region of Zimbabwe. Houses are made of wood and clay soil and have roofs thatched with grass. Most people are farmers. The rainfall pattern is below average causing poor crop yields and food shortages. Safe water resources and sanitary waste disposal system are lacking. Schools are in disrepair, overcrowded and lack textbooks, teaching materials and school furniture. There are few health centers available. They have insufficient supplies of medicines and medical equipment. People must travel long distances to reach a hospital for treatment of major illnesses. The families are eager to improve their lives. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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About Bongiwe

Access To Water

The family's main source of water is a borehole, up to an hour away.

How They Cook

The family uses wood for cooking.

Type of House

Bongiwe's family lives in a house made of cardboard with a thatched roof and an earth floor.

Health

According to the family, Bongiwe has been healthy and not suffered from any serious illness.

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