Preserving the Art of Letter Writing: Dear Friend Pen Pal Program for Children
The Dear Friend Pen Pal Program is a remarkable initiative designed to preserve the cherished tradition of letter writing among today’s children, fostering strong communication skills through the written word. Open to children between the ages of five and sixteen in both the United States and Kenya, this program offers an opportunity for meaningful connections across borders.
Once enrolled, each child is matched with a pen pal of similar age and gender from the other country, initiating a captivating exchange of letters. Dear Friend takes care of all essential writing supplies and postage, providing convenience to parents, teachers, orphanage staff, and other supervising adults involved in the program. Whether mailing to schools, orphanages, or homes, mailings are directed to the addresses provided at registration.
To ensure a consistent flow of correspondence, Dear Friend offers unwavering support, ensuring that every child receives regular letters from their pen pals. The exchange typically takes around two weeks for letters to travel between Kenya and the United States, with children expected to reply within a few days to two weeks upon receipt.
To enroll your child in this extraordinary experience, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com including the child’s name, gender, and age. Our dedicated Special Programs Director, Katie Burke, will personally respond to facilitate the pen pal matching process.
Join the Dear Friend Pen Pal Program today and empower your child with the timeless art of letter writing, fostering lasting connections and promoting excellent communication skills
Important Notice: Solicitation of Money or Gifts Prohibited in Dear Friend Pen Pal Program
We kindly remind all participants that Dear Friend strictly prohibits the solicitation of money or gifts within the program. The primary focus of this initiative is to foster genuine connections through the power of written communication.
Additionally, we encourage pen pals to refrain from exchanging material gifts or money. Instead, we invite children to express their thoughts, share experiences, and explore cultural exchange through their heartfelt letters.
Supervising adults play a crucial role in the Dear Friend Pen Pal Program. We kindly request that they carefully monitor the contents of the letters exchanged between pen pals. This ensures a safe and positive experience for all participants, nurturing a supportive and enriching environment.
Thank you for your cooperation in upholding the values of Dear Friend and prioritizing the meaningful exchange of thoughts and ideas among pen pals.
Dear Friend Pilot Project: Heartwarming Cards from U.S. Children to Kenyan Orphans
Dear Friend Pilot Project: Heartfelt Exchange of Cards between Kenyan Orphans and U.S. Children
In January 2010, an incredible connection unfolded as Kenyan orphans, who had received heartfelt holiday cards from children in the U.S., responded with their own handcrafted cards and heartfelt letters. This heartwarming exchange of goodwill captured the essence of the Dear Friend Pilot Project.
To preserve and share the magic of these exchanges, each of these precious holiday cards has been thoughtfully scanned and proudly displayed on AAF’s Facebook page. You can explore the scanned cards from the Kenyan orphans by clicking here, immersing yourself in their creativity and touching messages.
Heartwarming Cards Exchanged by Children
Program Long-Term Success: Empowering Children through Literacy, Cultural Awareness, and Global Connections
The ultimate success of this program lies in its ability to support all participating children in achieving their literacy goals, fostering heightened cultural awareness, and experiencing the profound joy that comes from knowing that a caring child from across the world genuinely cares about them.
Furthermore, this project plays a crucial role in preserving the art of letter writing, imparting valuable communication skills through the written word to our generation’s children. By emphasizing the importance of effective written communication, we equip children with a powerful tool for self-expression and connection that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Through this program, we aim to nurture a love for language, promote intercultural understanding, and instill in children a deep appreciation for the beauty and impact of heartfelt written exchanges. Together, we are shaping a future where literacy thrives, cultural bridges are built, and genuine connections between children transcend geographical boundaries.
Program Short-Term Success: Cultivating Cultural Awareness and Cross-Border Connections
In the short term, our program seeks to achieve immediate outcomes that will have a profound impact on the participating children. These include:
Heightened cultural awareness: By actively engaging with children from different countries, we aim to broaden their understanding of diverse cultures, traditions, and ways of life. Through letter exchanges and shared experiences, children will develop a greater appreciation for the richness and diversity of our global community.
Joyful connections and caring relationships: Through the power of heartfelt communication, children will experience the joy of knowing that another child from across the world genuinely cares about them. By forging meaningful friendships and fostering a sense of empathy, we aim to create a supportive and inclusive network where children feel valued, understood, and supported.
By achieving these short-term goals, we lay a solid foundation for long-term success, enabling children to embrace cultural diversity, celebrate global connections, and cultivate a lifelong curiosity for the world around them.
Program Success Monitored by: Continuous Assessment and Impact Evaluation
Program Success Examples: Inspiring Transformations and Empowered Participants
The program has witnessed remarkable success, with over 200 children from Kenya, the US, and Europe currently engaged in its enriching activities. Feedback from supervising adults through surveys reveals the program’s popularity and resounding success.
Noteworthy achievements include:
Heightened cultural awareness and improved letter writing skills: Many children have made significant strides in their cultural awareness, embracing diversity and fostering cross-cultural understanding. Their enhanced letter writing skills reflect their growth in effective communication and self-expression.
Inspiring career aspirations and empathy: A mother from the US shared a touching testimonial about her 8-year-old child’s transformative journey. Through the program, the child’s passion for making a difference has ignited, with aspirations to join the Peace Corps and actively support underprivileged children in Africa. This newfound interest showcases the program’s ability to inspire empathy, compassion, and a desire to positively impact the lives of others.
These success examples highlight the program’s ability to create meaningful connections, cultivate empathy, and empower children to become global citizens. We are proud of the positive impact it has made on the participating children, fostering personal growth, and nurturing a sense of social responsibility.
As the program continues to flourish, we remain dedicated to providing enriching experiences and fostering a supportive environment where children can thrive and make a difference in the world.