Our Mission


Thank you for your interest in Project Knapsack’s global pen pal and back pack exchange program. Project Knapsack is a not for profit organization whose mission is to promote cultural awareness and decrease the current barriers that affect student learning in Africa.

Our literacy program partners elementary and secondary students in the United States, from both public and private schools with pen pals in Africa. Project Knapsack pen pals on the developing side of the exchange each receive brand new back packs filled with school supplies. We target schools in the developing world that have eager students and wonderful teachers but lack the educational resources needed to give students a more than adequate opportunity to excel in the classroom.

In their letters, students are encouraged to talk about school, family, friends, pets, hobbies and what life is like in their local communities. Students from both continents will build literacy skills in the areas of grammar, writing, geography, topography, penmanship, English Language Conventions and cultural awareness. The program also contains a built-in service learning component that gives students the platform to increase social awareness and work together to raise money which will go towards purchasing brand new knapsacks for their adopted classroom or pen pal.

We value the relationships that we have with our sponsors and appreciate your kindness and generosity. Your time and support will help increase education standards in the United States and Africa.