My First Letter to Mavis Dadzie

Dear Mavis,

I’ve been your sponsor for a number of years now. I’ve lost track as to how many. I hope things are going well for you and that it’s making a difference in your life. Since this is my first letter, I guess I’ll tell you a bit about myself.

I have a 9-year old daughter. I attached her picture so you can see her. She’s almost your age. We have a lot of fun together. I got divorced from her mother a long time ago. I think that it was the sense of loss from the divorce that caused me to decide to become a sponsor.

These days I’ve gotten remarried. A lot of time people in these circumstances fight quite a bit with their former spouses, but I am lucky in that we all get along very well. My ex-wife and my new wife work together with me to give our daughter a good childhood, and it makes me very happy.

As for what I do, I’m a professional gambler. There’s a card game called Poker that I make a good bit of money at. I find it strange that I receive more money doing something that doesn’t really give much back to society. I went to college and got degrees in Chemistry and Geology, but pursuing those jobs just didn’t pay very well. In fact, my first job was working for the Department of Justice in a Crime Lab to help put away criminals. I made so little in that job that I couldn’t afford to pay back the loans I took out to go to school.

I’m sure this all must seem rather strange to you. We live in very different worlds. I am curious to hear what life must be like in Ghanna. Again, I hope my modest contribution is making a difference in your life.

I look forward to hearing from you,

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