With almost half of Uganda’s population being under the age of fifteen and with HIV/AIDS running rampant, sex education or having “The Talk” is of the utmost importance to these children.
While I felt confident Lucky has exposure to sex education through his school, church, and child development center – as his sponsor, I felt the need to address the topic to ensure he understands the critical nature.
Is this a letter topic for every sponsor to send to their child? No.
In my case, Lucky does not have parents or grandparents so I do approach some topics with him that I might reconsider if this were not the situation.
My strategy was to introduce three preventable epidemics that affect his village and encourage him to discuss in person with his mentors and tutors at his child development center. The three issues I chose were malaria, teenage pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS.
Because many children in his village are not involved in Compassion’s program and do not have the opportunity to attend school, I asked Lucky to help educate these children as well.
“The Talk” Letter
Feel free to use in your letters to your sponsored child.
Are you wondering if you should write a letter to your child with this theme? I am going to list the criteria that I deem necessary to consider beforehand.
Child’s Age – This is definitely a topic for the older sponsored child.
Culture – Research the country. A few things to think about: Look up school curriculum for your child’s country. How are schools addressing the issue? Is the topic viewed as taboo or openly expressed? Is teen pregnancy an issue? Is HIV/AIDS a significant problem in your child’s country? If your child is female, are child marriages and abuse common?
Relationship – Is trust established in your relationship with your child?
Maturity – Does your child have the maturity level to comprehend the information?
Parents – Please be mindful not to cross any boundaries with parents.
Religion – Keep in mind the religious views of your child to cater towards your wording.
The letter does not have to be awkward. No uncomfortable diagrams required.
Finally, this education and awareness could save a life so please consider this letter writing theme for your older sponsored child.