Tucked inside my bulky, big green suitcase are letters that have been written by young people in the United States. They are addressed to our Africa ELI students. I think you might enjoy reading excerpts from them. It gives a glimpse of the stories and questions I will be sharing with our Africa ELI girls in coming days.

Brenna from Wisconsin writes: “I love to hang out with my friends. They mean the world to me. During the summer I am really involved in 4-H and I love to show cattle. When I show it reminds me of a beauty pageant for cows!…I have 3 jobs so I work all the time. One of my jobs is to milk cows and I really love it…What is your favorite subject in school? What do you like to do in your free time?”

17 year old Julia writes: “I am in the 12th grade – which is the last grade in high school. I am very excited to graduate because then I will start college and move away from my parents. Not that I don’t love them, I just can’t wait to be independent for the first time in my life. It’s going to be an exciting adventure!”

Adriana from Indiana writes: “My school is a boy + girl school. It is not a boarding school. We go from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., then go home. I want to know about your foods. What kind do you have? In America we eat grains, meat, and dairy products. We also eat veggies and fruit.”

Mackenzie from Wisconsin writes: “The things that I am a part of in school is Future Farmers of America (but we just call it FFA). I am also in choir because I love to sing. I’m not involved in any school sports but I go to the games and support my friends and cheer them on. I am also involved in a dance class after school…I am out of things to say but I’m sure once I give my letter to Anita I will think of lots more!”

Kaitlin from Illinois writes: “In my spare time, I like to read and write. I am also a girl scout. I help others by performing community service. Plus, I’ve been told our cookies are really good too.”

9th grader Tori writes: “I will be taking a Driver’s Education class this year. I’m very excited to be going into my first year of high school. I go to the library often so that I can check out new books to read…I loved my week of Sudan classes and I look forward to hearing more about all of you and doing what I can to help kids all over the world. I thank you for your wonderful influence and I can’t wait to hear back from you.”

We will use these letters in a variety of ways – as English lessons, writing practice, and to introduce our girls to the many kids in America who want to make a connection with them.

I wonder, what are YOUR questions for our girls? Drop me a line and I will gladly ask them on your behalf. Stay tuned to the blog for their responses.

From the road,


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