"Dear Friend" Pen Pal Program
Any child in either country, between ages five and sixteen is eligible. Once matched with a child of similar age and same gender in the other country, each child will begin the pen pal exchange. Dear Friend will provide all necessary writing supplies and postage to the parents, teachers: orphanage staff members, and other supervising adults of the enrolled children. All mailings will be directed to the addresses the supervising adults provide at registration; these addresses will either be schools orphanages or parents homes
Dear Friend will also provide support ensuring that all children receive letters from their pen pals on a regular basis (Letters between Kenya and the US typically take two weeks to travel and we expect that children on each side will reply to letters within a few days to two weeks of receipt.)
To enroll a child, please send an email to katie email@example.com with the child’s name, gender, and age Katie Burke, the Special Programs Director will personally reply, to facilitate the child’s pen pal matching process
Please note that Dear Friend prohibits solicitation of money or gifts
Dear Friend also discourages exchanging material gifts or money.
Supervising adults are responsible for monitoring the contents of the letters between pen-pals.
Dear Friend Pilot Project - Cards from U.S. children to Kenyan Orphans
Dear Friend Pilot Project - Cards from Kenyan Orphans to U.S. Children
Cards from the children:
Program Long-Term Success:
The ultimate success for this program will be to help all participating children achieve literacy goals heighten their cultural awareness, and feel the joy of knowing another child across the world cares about them
This project will preserve the art of letter writing for our generation’s children, teaching them to communicate well through the written word
Program Short-Term Success:
Immediate outcome from children participating in this program will be to heighten their cultural awareness, and feel the joy of knowing another child across the world cares about them.
Program Success Monitored by:
Supervising adults will be sent surveys after every 3 months to monitor the program’s success. The program success will be monitored by the number of correspondences between the participating children the extent of cultural awareness from the participating children, and if the children are improving their communication and letter writing skills through the program.
Program Success Examples:
More than 200 children from the Kenya, the US and Europe are currently participating in this program and from the surveys their supervising adults have provided the program is extremely popular and successful. A number of children have significantly improved their cultural awareness and letter writing solls A mother in the US said that her 8 year old child wants to grow and join the peace corp and is now immensely interested in helping other under previledged children from Africa from the experience gained from this program.