Back2Back has a child sponsorship program called Shelter. You can sponsor one of the children in the children's home with either a full sponsorship of $100 or a half sponsorship at $50. This money helps us gives them more nutritious and varied foods, regular and higher quality medical care, school supplies and uniforms, better dorms, and the list goes on and on and on! Shelter sponsors and their children write letters back and forth 4 times a year, and you can send your sponsored child gifts if you wish to. An extra bonus for many people is that when you come on a missions trip here we make every effort to connect you with your sponsored child so that you can continue to build that relationship with them.
I am the Shelter captain for one children's homes called Imperio de Amor and for our Hope Education Program here on our campus. That just means I'm responsible for the quarterly letters, delivering gifts, and keeping sponsors up to date on their kids. Last week I spent a day doing letters out at Imperio de Amor. It always amazes me how much these kids treasure their letters. More than the financial support or presents, they love their letters and pictures from their sponsors.
It's amazing what the kids remember about their sponsors. They don't need any prompting from me to remember names, children's names, ages, or even pets! And most of the kids don't need any help writing a letter in return. They can't wait to talk about their grades in school, upcoming birthdays or holidays, their friends, or their favorite soccer team. I love getting to be a part of this relationship building, it's always a fun and encouraging day when we do letters.