Remember some years ago, when a class of students in Tuvalu sent postcards to raise awareness for the plight of their tiny country?
Well, they're at it again! This year's project is called "We are One". Emily (aka emilytao), the volunteer who is helping the children on this project, explains the concept:
"Being one of the smallest and most remote nations in the world, it’s easy to miss out Tuvalu on the map. Through postcard exchanging, we wish to make this island country more known to the world; hence the idea of “We Are One Project” was born, which aims to connect Funafuti’s (the capital island) Primary School children with postcrossers from all over the world. Students will benefit from writing postcards in English, further motivating them to become better writers... or simply to have more enthusiasm in learning English!
Once we receive postcards, students will be assigned to do studies and research on different country's unique culture or history. They will be amazed at the fact how big the world is; bigger than they had thought, beyond the skyline of coconut trees and the sea.
Through this project, we hope to help our children be more connected with the rest of the world, and understand that we are all part of it, for better or worse, WE ARE ONE WORLD. "
How wonderful is that? :) They're planning to send around 400 postcards, and the first ones are already on their way! If you're lucky, you might receive or send one to them!
Oh! And if you didn't know where Tuvalu is, or want to learn more about this Polynesian island nation, don't forget to check out their page on Wikipedia.
PS - We know that Tuvalu is a "rare" country, but Emily and the children won't be able to engage in direct swaps for the duration of the project. So please respect their choice, and don't contact them requesting for swaps.