First letter from Rukundo and a Photo Update!

Not long into being Rukundo’s correspondent, I already received a photo update! I’m including all 3 of his pictures below so you can see his growth! (Click on photos to see them larger)

Rukundo is 7 and lives in Rwanda

The letter uses the My Typical Week template. He typically gets up at 6 am. In the morning he typically takes a bath and goes to school. In the evening he typically washes plates and plays with others. He typically goes to sleep at 8 pm. His favorite day of the week is Saturday because he goes to the project to study. The letter says “Dear Alisa, I foremost greet you. I loved the letter you wrote to me and want to answer the questions that you asked me. I have a family, my father, mother, and siblings. I like to study, to play with other children, and my favorite color is yellow. I don’t have a pet but I wish to have one. I like a cow and a goat. When I grow up, I want to become a great player of soccer. I like to go fetch water with other children. I send you a photo of my family as you asked me. Drawings: a flower, a cup, a house, and a car”

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The letter mentioned sending a photo, but there isn’t one attached and it doesn’t indicate a photo should be included at the top of the letter. Maybe it means he will send one?

Letter from Clemence

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Clemence is 4 and lives in Rwanda

The letter uses the My Typical Week template. Clemence typically gets up at 6 am. In the morning, she typically prays, bathes, and takes porridge. In the evening she typically plays ball and does different things. She typically goes to sleep at 7:30 pm. Her favorite day of the week is Sunday because she walks to different places. The letter says “Dear Alisa, I am pleased to see your letter. Praise Jesus because you recovered. I met with a nurse so now I am doing well. I wish to come to live together with you. Are you married? Do you have a husband? Do you have children? I would like to see your family pictures. Sometimes it is warm here mixed with cold. My family would like to see you! We enjoyed so much to celebrate Easter at the project. We thank you!”

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Letter from Jabes

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Jabes is 4 and lives in Rwanda

The letter uses the My Typical Week template. Jabes typically gets up at 6 am. In the morning he typically goes to school, and in the evening he typically fetches water and plays soccer with his friends. He typically goes to sleep at 7 pm. His favorite day of the week is Saturday because they go to the project, they learn good lessons, and they eat. The letter says “Dear Alisa, greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ. The child wants to tell you that he loves you and that he is proud to have you. He wants to tell you that he has received the letter you sent to him. Answering your question, no he doesn’t have an animal but he loves them. He wants to tell you that he loves praying and he prays for you. May God bless you.”

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Introducing Rukundo!

If I could ask for prayers, I have a decision to make between either traveling with Manna 4 Lempira to Honduras this summer or traveling with Compassion to El Salvador. It’s so hard, because I’d love to do both, ideally, but I don’t have the funds for that. I’m praying for a clear direction on which trip I’m most needed on.

Yesterday, I was very excited to see a new face when I checked my Compassion account! This is 7 year old Rukundo. He is my 3rd child in Rwanda since January, but I’ve had a great experience with the country already and have been amazed at how quickly I got letters from Jabes and Clemence. So I’m very excited to send some love to Rukundo too, who hasn’t received any letters or gifts in the 3 years he’s been in the program.

Rukundo means love in Swahili! ❤

His big eyes in the first photo are so sweet and I love his sweater in his current photo!

First Letter from Jabes

I was very excited to receive my first letter from Jabes! Both of my correspondents in Rwanda were assigned to be at the end of January and I’ve already heard from both of them before February ended! There are correspondents I’ve had for months longer that I haven’t heard from yet, so that is really impressive.

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Jabes is 4 and lives in Rwanda.

The letter uses the My Project template. Jabes goes to his project once a week and it is 1km from his home. He walks there. Typical activities he does there are studying and playing. His favorite activities at the project are praying and singing. He typically eats rice and beans there. The letter says “Dear Alisa, your child Jabes is greeting you in the name of Christ our Lord. He was very happy for your photos that you have sent him. He thanks you so much for your support of prayers to his family. Jabes likes playing, singing, and reading. Concerning about his studies, he is doing well and studying in nursery school. He wishes to be a policeman. He thanks you so much for your communication and accepting his letters to you. His favorite color is blue. His family is wishing you God’s peace and blessings.” The letter was written by his father.

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I just want to give Jabes a big hug every time I see his sweet little face. This is a really sweet letter written by his father!

First Letter from Clemence

Clemence had been my correspondent for less than a month when I received her first letter! That is amazing, because a couple years ago, it would often take up to 6 months to receive the first letter. Clemence is my little ray of sunshine.

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Clemence is 4 and lives in Rwanda.

Her introduction lists the names and ages of her parents and that she has a 1 year old baby brother. Clemence’s favorite color is green, her favorite food is rice, her favorite game and toy are playing with a ball, and her favorite subject is English. She lives in a village. The letter portion is broken up into different sections. Message for my sponsor: “I thank you for choosing to be my sponsor.” Question for my sponsor: “Where do you and your family live?” Prayer for my sponsor: “Wish you blessings in all you do.” Prayer requests from child: “Pray for my success in studies and to have eternal life.” “My dream is to be a doctor and the drawing is a flower.” The letter was written by her mother.

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This is my first letter from Rwanda, and I like the template that they used. And it’s always fun when a family member helps to write the letters. I’m excited to hear from this little beauty!

Introducing Clemence!

I just received little Jabes as a correspondent and now I get to write to another little cutie from Rwanda!

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Clemence just turned 4 in January and she has a smile of pure JOY! Whenever I’m feeling down, I’m going to look at Clemence’s picture to cheer me up. This little sweetheart lives in a community where the average income is less than $3/month, something we can’t even really fathom. But here is a face of happiness and love in the only world she knows. And thanks to Compassion, Clemence and her family are taken care of. I’m sure this is one of countless examples of Compassion’s life saving work in this community.

Clemence already helps with the chores of carrying water and running errands and her hobbies are dancing and art. She seems like my kind of free spirit! She is thankfully enrolled in preschool and her favorite subject is art there too. Compassion’s description of the community says that there are not safe places to play and the nearby lake is polluted with methane gas. This means that their water supply is likely severely limited.

I can’t wait to send a gift and encouragement to Clemence’s family ❤