DO’s and DON’Ts
DO encourage your child. Share your favorite scriptures and remind them that Jesus loves them. Affirm that God has a great plan for their life. Let them know that you are praying for them.
DON’T try to evangelize your child. They are taught of God in their culture, so don’t try to sway them into your own denominational beliefs and doctrines. Instead find the unity of Christ in your relationship and walk the common ground in your Christianity.
DO use proper English in your letters. Keep your words plain and simple. Exchanging letters improves your child’s literacy skills, so make sure your spelling is accurate and your grammar is correct, if possible.
DON’T use slang terms in your letters. You would be surprised at the interpretation of words that are not commonly used and the misunderstanding that can result.
DO share your family news with them. Talk about special holidays and events such as weddings and graduations, and any daily activities or hobbies that you enjoy.
DON’T discuss the material aspects of your life (the kind of home you live in, what kind of car you drive or trips to Disney Land, etc. ) Be sensitive to the child’s economic situation.
DO exchange pictures, videos and audio files via Facebook or Email. The more you and your child share of your lives, the closer your bond will be.
DON’T send pictures or videos that accentuate economic differences. Be aware of what is in the background of your pictures (e.g., homes, cars, etc.)
DO send birthday greetings and special occasion cards via email.
DO send parcels of clothes, scholastic matetials and other useful items to:
C/O Joseph Lubega
Kampala - Uganda.
Make sure to mark clearly the name of your sponsor child. Take note also that items that can be considered resaleable are subject to being taxed. You should indicate in writing that they are LOVE GIFTS to orphaned children.
DO feel free to visit your child at Bulamu Children’s Village whenever you like, especially for a special occasion such as birthdays or graduation. We look forward to meeting you!
DON’T tell your child that you are coming unless you are absolutely sure you will be there. And don’t make any mention of legally adopting your child to bring them into your home. It is extremely difficult for Ugandans to get a Visa to travel to the U.S. – specifically for unaccompanied young people.