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letters to the world

Since he was five years old, Toby, who is in England, has been sending letters to strangers in countries around the world. He and his mother read up about each country, and based partly on that reading and partly on Toby's own interests, he comes up with questions he wants to ask. He handwrites the letters and sends them off. (The names and address of people to write to seem to come from well-wishers on the Internet and probably friends of friends of his parents.) So far he's sent out 906 letters and received back 386 postcards and letters. The website his parents have set up, writingtotheworld.com, includes pages with all the letters he's written, plus the replies he's received. Some of his letters have been collected into a book, but the project is still ongoing.

Toby's letter to Francis in Liberia

(reply here)

And here is Toby's letter to Nathaniel in Kyrgystan. This pattern--where the recipient is not actually from the country but is living there--seems more common than the case with Francis, above, who is actually Liberian.

(Reply here.)

Here is Toby in a Youtube video:

Fun project!


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May. 25th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
How cool is that???
May. 25th, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
May. 25th, 2016 03:26 am (UTC)
There are so many positives about this idea; it makes me wish I had a handy five-year-old to do it with. :)
(Maybe I should just turn to and write a letter or two myself; I'm due to write a couple!)
May. 25th, 2016 10:19 am (UTC)
My impulse was to find people in countries that he hasn't had a response from and ask if they could write to him. Unfortunately, the places where I know people are by and large places that he's gotten responses from. One woman I follow on Twitter has worked a lot in Sierra Leone, so she might know someone who could send him a reply from there.
May. 26th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
That is so cool....I would love to get a letter from him... :)
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