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Brett Rawson (Nonfiction '15) has announced a new campaign and call for student participation with his venture Handwritten:
Handwritten is excited to launch its newest Exhibition and Exploration on Monday called, When I Know the Value of Knowledge, I Start to Dream, which:

features seven girls from Afghanistan, the first graduating class of students from the Zabuli Education Center (which is historic itself -- the only all girls school in the region). But when the girls reached senior year, they reached the end of their education, as there was no college, and so they hand-wrote personal statements to a college that didn't exist. Yet. This fueled an impact campaign that raised $120,000 on Indiegogo, and right now, the walls are going up for the first-ever, free private college for women in Afghanistan.

In coordination with Beth Murphy, director of What Tomorrow Bringswhich is the documentary that follows the construction of the dream, we are publishing the girls' story and handwritten letters, but we aim to do more: write letters back. We'd love for you to join us in writing some words to these students, but most importantly, to send to your students and schools to participate. 
How it would work: First, click the letters below and enjoy them in entirety.
  • Second, if you feel as moved as we did, 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.

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