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Pen Pals

Swaliga understands the power of embracing new cultures. The connections between travel and learning are substantial and Swaliga is working to bring those opportunities to youth at a younger age. 

Since participants in Swaliga’s Cultural Exchange program must be at least 14years of age, the Swaliga Digital Pen Pal program is a way for learners to connect with their peers and learn about other cultures before they are even old enough to travel with the organization. 

Elementary and Middle schools are paired together, and at least 1 classroom from each school agrees to participate in the matching process. Learners are matched up individually and begin to share photos, pictures of handwritten letters and more with their peers. The first matches are schools in Washington, D.C. USA, and Kigali, Rwanda. Each month learners will be responsible for answering a question, ie. “What's your favorite food in your country?” by handwriting a letter and sharing a photo to be mailed. Each letter is photographed, documented and stored before letters are shipped out.

The Swaliga Foundation is pioneering systemic change through STEAM education.

With a focus on bringing trauma-informed educational resources to the most underserved and underrepresented communities, we’re changing the trajectory of STEAM access for black and brown young people around the world.

Our Impact

  • Youth and Families Served


  • Showed Increased Interest in STEAM


  • Learned Engineering Design Process


  • Countries Impacted