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Handwritten is a place and space for pen and paper. We showcase things in handwriting, but also on handwriting. And so, you'll see dated letters and distant postcards alongside recent studies and typed stories. 

When I Know The Value | Our Letters


What happened when we brought the girls' stories and letters into 4th grade classrooms? Something beyond instruction. It was significant to us that begin at 4th grade, as that is when the girls' education began. This fact alone stunned the students. Even at that young of an age, they understood what it meant. Turns out, they understood a whole lot more. In each class, we told the story, handed out the letters, and let the kids go. We provided a rough outline for them to follow: introduce yourself, say congratulations somewhere, and include a sentence that begins: "Education means to me...." At the end of each class, we walked away with these letters, which we have sent to the girls in Afghanistan. Click on any of the letters to see the full images. 

But, 4th graders won't the only ones to reply. We also opened the call to anyone who wanted to reply. 

Do you want to participate? We are collecting letters until the premiere of the documentary, which will be in Spring 2016. We have developed an online curriculum if you are a teacher who wants to do this with your students. Simply get in touch: info@handwrittenwork.com. But either way, here is how it works (in short):

  • First, read the students' letters.
  • Second, write a reply (to one, some, or all) (one letter to all, also works).
  • Third, take a few photos of the letter (or scan it), and send to us: info@handwrittenwork.com.
  • Fourth, we'll brush it up and let you know once we set yours live to live under theirs.

We hope you will join us in congratulating the first class of graduating seniors, and the first class of freshman students to the Razia Jan Institute. They are all enrolling in the nursing program, as there is no doctor in their village.

When you knew the value of knowledge, what did you dream of?