The Penpal Program was started in 2012 as a joint project between the Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, and Cosma Foundation. Under the program, children of similar ages are paired up and write letters to each other about their interests and daily lives. Through this correspondence, each group of students is given a glimpse into the lives of their peers from a radically different culture.
Though simple at first glance, participating in the penpal program has had a large impact on the 25 students enrolled. It is difficult for many of our children to imagine life outside of Uganda, and having a penpal from a distant country often stimulates curiosity about the outside world, a thirst for knowledge and, ultimately, greater cultural understanding among these children. In addition, participants in the program have had the chance to build lasting friendships, as well as improve their English writing skills.