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You Show Me Hard Work Like No One Else • Andres, 4th Grader

Brett Rawson

When we brought the story and letters from Deh'Subz, Afghanistan into 4th grade classrooms in Brooklyn, a magnetic chamber of energy opened, and we walked away that day thinking this: perhaps we should all be a little bit more child-like, and less child-ish. These 4th grade students are role models for the future, making us here at Handwritten think that perhaps we should be leading letter-writing sessions for the politicians.

Below are forty-one of the letters written, which we will be showcased at Pen + Brush on Saturday, March 5th, for our Handwriting Gala.

Do you want us to come visit your classroom and teach a letter-writing lesson? Get in touch. We customize the curriculum to your needs. Email us at info@handwrittenwork.com.

A Good Teacher is Like a Candle, It Consumes Itself to Light the Way for Others

Brett Rawson

 

Hello everyone!

I am a student in 12th grade at ZEC. I want to go to college because I attend different events. When I know the value of knowledge I started to dream about goin to college. My greatest wishes to become a teacher in the future. A good teacher is like a candle it consumes itself to light the way for others. Education means to me freedom from stereotypes. With college degree I will have future opportunities. By getting education I will solve my problem and help other boys and girls in my village. When I have a daughter I wish her to be educated and serve to her homeland. Thanks.

Best wishes
Negeena Mir Anas 

If you would like to write a letter to Negeena, please do. Send it to us at info@handwrittenwork.com, and we will showcase it above, so she can read your reply & words. We will post our replies beginning on December 12th, the day they graduate.

Education Means to Me The Most Powerful Weapon • Rafeha Oyamuddin

Brett Rawson

* For information about this project, see our note at the bottom of the page *

Hello everyone!

I am a student in 12th grade at ZEC. I want to go to college because I make friends last year when I heard about college I started to dream about going to college. Education means to me the most powerful weapon wich we can use to change the world. With college degree I will always be marketable. By getting education I will have less problems and able to solve them. I teach other girls in my village. When I daughter I wish her to be educated like me and have a bright futur. Because if there is no struggle there is no progress. My greatest wishes to become a doctor and help my family and people. Thanks

Best wishes, 
Rafeha Ogamuddin 

A Note from Handwritten (December 6, 2016): This comes from our exhibit, When I Know The Value of Knowledge, I Start To Dream. We brought the story and letters of seven students from Deh'Subz, Afghanistan into 4th grade classrooms in Brooklyn, because that is when the girls first started school. When they became the first to graduate from high school, they had no college to go to, so they hand-wrote personal statements to a school that didn't exist. Yet. Their letters created an impact campaign that raised $150,000, enough to build the first-ever free private college for women. When we told our 4th grade students about this story, the above, heart-melting letters were their replies.  

I am the First Girl in My Family to Get Education

Brett Rawson

Hello every on!
I am a student in 12th grade at ZEC. I want to go to college because I will meet many of my best and new friends. When I know the value of knowledge I started to dream about going to college. Education means to me learning something new. With a college degree, I will make more money. By getting education I will be able to solve my problems and I can teach other girls in my village. When I have a daughter I would like to let her go to school and wish her a brilliant future. I am the first girls in my family to get education. Because my parents are illiterate. When I was a student in a public school before joining ZEC I couldn't able to read, write even couldn't write my name. Now I am very happy and lucky to read and write. Thanks.
           Best wishes, Breshna Abdul Ghanee

If you would like to write a letter to Breshna, please do. Send it to us at info@handwrittenwork.com, and we will showcase it above, so Breshna can read your reply & words. We will post all replies beginning on December 12th, the day they graduate.

With a College Degree I Will Have a Lifetime of Increased Opportunities

Brett Rawson

Hello Everyone!

I'm a student in 12th grade at ZEC. I want to go to college because I will learn more. When I understand the value of knowledge I started to dream about going to college. Education means to me to find a good job. With a college degree, I will have a lifetime of increased opportunities. By getting education I won't have problems. I can teach younger siblings in my family and other girls in my village. When I have a daughter, I will let her go to school and wish her a bright future. I am the first girls in my family to get education. My parents are illiterate. I joined ZEC since 2008 and learnt more. Now I know I have changed a lot. Before coming to ZEC I had problems at education. I am reall lucky, thanks. 

                                Best wishes, Aziza Toryalong.

If you would like to write a letter to Aziza, please do. Send it to us at info@handwrittenwork.com, and we will showcase it above, so Aziza can read your reply & words. We will post all replies beginning on December 12th, the day they graduate.

So Learn Knowledge from Cradle to Grave

Brett Rawson

Hello everyone!

I am a student in 12th grade at ZEC. I want to go to college because I will have some fun. When I know the value of knowledge I started to dream about going to college. As every one know that knowledge is power. Education means to me to have a better future. With a college degree I will have more in come. By getting education I will increase the level of my knowledge. I can solve my problems and help others. When I have a daughter I all her to go to school and wishing her a brilliant future with great achieve ments. An illiterate person is like a blind which sees all the universe dark. So learn knowledge from cradle to grave. My parents are illiterate. I am lucky to help them. Thanks. 

                    Best wishes, Yalda Hameedullah

If you would like to write a letter to Yalda, please do. Send it to us at info@handwrittenwork.com, and we will showcase it above, so Yalda can read your reply & words. We will post all replies beginning on December 12th, the day they graduate.

Luck is Not In Our Hands, but Decisions is in Our Hands

Brett Rawson

 

Hello everyone!

I am a student in 12th grade at ZEC. I want to go to college because it increases my level of knowledge and will learn more. when I know the value of knowledge I started to dream about going to college. My greatest wishes to become a judge when I complete my education. Now I am very lucky and luck is not in our hands, but decision is in our hands. Luck can’t make our decision but our decision can make luck…

Education means to me freedom of speech. And can defense from our right. With college degree I will have a strong sense of pride and self. By getting education I am able to stablish a house teaching for those who deprive from getting knowledge in my village. When I have daughter I wish her brilliant future too. Thanks. 

Best wishes, Shakira Mohammed Saleem

If you would like to write a letter to Shakira, please do. Send it to us at info@handwrittenwork.com, and we will showcase it above. We will post all replies beginning on December 12th, the day they graduate. 

Education Means to Me Freedom from Poverty

Brett Rawson

Hello everyone!

I am a student in 12th grade at ZEC. I want to go to college because I achieve independence. When I was in grade 10th and heard that in 2016 we will start our collage from that time I started to dream about going to collage. education means to me freedom from poverty. With college degree I will have more access to resources.

By getting education I my self will solve my problems without some one help, and can teach other boys and girls in my village. When I have a daughter I wish her to be educated like me. I am the first girls in my family to get education. My mother is illiterate and I am lucky to help her. I want to become a prosecutor when I complete my education. and serve my people. Thanks.

Best wishes Mursal Abdul Raqib

If you would like to write a letter to Mursal, please do. Send it to us at info@handwrittenwork.com, and we will showcase it above, so Mursal can read your reply & words. We will post all replies beginning on December 12th, the day they graduate.