How do I participate in this project?
It's simple – just write a short message from your heart and mail your postcard/note/card to Hearts in Unity at our USA address. Your postcard/note/card will then be shipped to one of our Tanzanian villages and hand-delivered to a child, teacher, other adult, or to a family who is in need of your words of encouragement. Each handwritten postcard/note/card you write and send is a blessing and will surely be treasured, kept close at heart, and read over and over.
What type of card/paper should I use?
Picture postcards are especially enjoyed by the children, even more so if they show pictures of your city, country, or things special about the area in which you live. You can also write your message on colorful paper or a small notecard. We prefer note cards or papers that are 5-inch x 7-inch or smaller as these smaller cards/notes are easier and lighter (less expensive) to ship. The Tanzanian children especially enjoy when the cards/notes are colorful, and are decorated with drawings and/or stickers.
If you'd like to draw/color your own designs on BLANK postcards, click HERE for our POSTCARDS document that you can print on heavy paper (cardstock), cut into 4 postcards, and decorate as you wish.
Recycling colorful greeting cards you've received from others is a wonderful idea. If you are using recycled greeting cards, simply cut off the front of the greeting card and use it as a postcard, writing your message on the blank side of the recycled greeting card front cover. Using recycled Christmas cards is just fine as we do deliver cards in Tanzania around the Christmas holiday. However, please avoid using recycled greeting cards that have phrases such as "Happy Kwanza" (Tanzanian's don't celebrate Kwanza), “Happy Birthday,” “Get Well,” “Happy Mothers/Fathers Day” or other similar “special occasion” messages.
Please refrain from putting each of your individual written cards/notes into separate envelopes as the extra weight just adds to your postage costs and to our costs to ship the cards/letters to Tanzania.
What should I write?
A short, simple message with a greeting and words of encouragement is best. Due to the high volume of cards/notes we receive for the children in our villages, our resources for translating letters from English to Swahili (especially long letters) is limited. We encourage you to keep your notes short, and to write some (or all) of your message in Swahili (see below for simple words/phrases in Swahili). Please also personalize your card/letter by including your first name/signature.
Need a few ideas on what to write?
• Share a little about yourself -- your name, age, where you are writing from (such as the school/city/state/country)
• Share a simple message of friendship, compassion, hope, and encouragement
• Please avoid asking questions as the recipient will not have an opportunity to reply directly to you
Please also consider including writing (in Swahili) all or some of the following verse, which will be familiar and comforting to those who receive your cards/notes....
Haya ndiyo ninayokutakia katika maisha yako...
Bwana awabariki na kuwalinda,
Bwana awainulie uso wake na kuwabariki,
Bwana awaangazie nuru ya uso wake na kuwapa amani.
The translation is included below (you do NOT need to include the English translation in your letter):
This is what I wish for you in your life...
May the Lord bless you and protect you,
May the Lord be kind and gracious to you,
May the Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
If you like, you can include additional Swahili in your card/note also. The following phrases are appropriate.
Can I write more than one card/note?
Of course! You are more than welcome to write more than one card/note and to invite your family and friends to write cards/notes also. This is a wonderful project for a school, church, or community group. Multiple cards/notes can be sent to Hearts in Unity in the same envelope/package. You are also welcome, if you like, to include a photos of yourself or your family with your cards/notes.
Will I receive a reply from my card/note?
With the thousands of cards/notes we deliver to the children in our Tanzanian villages each year, we are not able to provide individual replies to your cards/notes. We do, however, post photos on our website of the school children who receive these “Messages from the Heart” so you can see the smiles and delight these cards/letters bring.
Where should I mail my card/note?
All cards/notes should be mailed to the following address.
Multiple cards/notes can be included in the
Hearts in Unity
“Messages from the Heart”
P.O. Box 41
Germantown, WI 53022 USA
Please include the form below (or note with similar information) with your cards/notes.
"Message from the ♥ Heart"
In the unique project
“Message from the ♥ Heart”
you can share a
heart-felt message of greeting,
friendship and encouragement
with a child in Tanzania, Africa.
As the 5th poorest country in the world, the average household income in Tanzania is less than $400 a year, and families often comprised of at least 6 people struggle to survive on less than $1 a day. At this heartbreaking poverty level, many parents struggle to feed their children even one simple meal per day.
For the 2.5 million orphans in this third-world country, the challenges of daily life are even more overwhelming. It's easy to get discouraged and lose hope when this is the life you face day after day.
But you can help make a difference!
My First Name _____________________________ Last Name _______________________________________
Organization Name (If Applicable) _______________________________________________________________
Mailing Address ______________________________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip Code __________________________________________________________________________
Yes, I would like to receive Hearts in Unity periodic newsletter updates by email.
My email address is: ________________________________________________________________________
Habari yako...................How are you
Mimi ni mzima................I am fine
Jina langu ni _____.......My name is _______
Uwe na siku njema........Have a good day
Amani ikae nanyi..............Peace be with you
Bahati njema....................Good luck
Anapendwa......................You are loved Mungu akubariki sana......God bless you
Mungu awalinde...............God watch over you
For a printer-friendly version
Messages from the ♥ Heart
Cards delivered so far:
Received from 44 countries so far:
Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Helvetia, Holand, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore. Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and the USA (Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Lousiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming)
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For printable POSTCARDS you can decorate yourself, click here To receive a postcard of thanks from a child in Tanzania as a thank you for a gift of school supplies, click here
Feed them, clothe them, educate them, love them.
Reaching out to the children of Tanzania, Africa, with hearts in unity...
making a difference.... changing lives... one precious child at a time.
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♥ Hearts in Unity ♥ P.O. Box 41 ♥ Germantown, WI 53022 USA ♥
We welcome and appreciate donations to help cover
our postage costs
($3 per pound) to Tanzania
To help us make small, simple Swahili/English phrasebooks to give to students in Tanzania, click here