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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 | Letters


Below are the handwritten personal statements from the students. Each is unique, save for a single sentence that remains the same: when I know the value of knowledge, I start to dream. They were first released this year in an article by PRI, which is how we found out about their story. And ever since, we have been in conversation with Beth Murphy (director of What Tomorrow Brings), discussing ways to open up a new kind of conversation. Enjoy the letters below, and then read about our Handwritten Replies. 

We wanted to do more than publish the story and letters. We would have loved to send actual letters to the students, but we were not able to send snail mail to the school. And so, we decided to use our platform to create a new kind of handwritten connection: sending the letters by publishing them to our site. 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. Click on "Our Letters" below to see the replies we have sent.

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