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By Priscilla Garza
e-Buddies Program Manager, Florida

In this feature of the e-Beat, we will profile one of our many fantastic e-Buddies pairs each month! If you would like to be profiled, please e-mail Priscilla Garza at PriscillaGarza@bestbuddies.org .

This month we are featuring Jon and Kojo!

Jon is from Virginia and is matched with his e-Buddy, Kojo, the Executive Director of Best Buddies Ghana. They have been matched for one year and have exchanged many e-mails!

When asked what they most enjoy about being involved with e-Buddies, Jon said, “It makes me happy. I get to e-mail Kojo and he e-mails me back.” Kojo said he enjoys being involved with e-Buddies because, despite his busy schedule, “[e-Buddies] has given me the opportunity to be matched in a Best Buddies friendship program. With my friend Jon, e-Buddies has given me the opportunity to have a friend through technology.”

When asked what they like to talk about, Jon replied, “We talk about where he lives. He tells me about food he eats, like ‘Fufu.’ It sounds pretty good to eat.” Kojo replied that they also like to discuss the, “diversity of our cultures. That is, the food we eat, hobbies such as soccer, girlfriends, school, etc.”

Jon and Kojo’s friendship is unique because they have been able to share their cultural differences. Kojo said, “I believe that this is an exciting new kind of friendship where probably for the first time there has been a match between two wonderful individuals from a distinct geographical location. Indeed, it is a wonderful global uniting experience. And how happy I am when Jon wants to know more about my culture. I appreciate how Jon is always curious, especially when he asked whether I have a girlfriend.” Jon replied, “We’re Best Buddies. Kojo is the man- just like me!!!!! He's a nice e-Buddy to have. I bet he's the best.”

Congratulations to Jon and Kojo, our e-Buddies of the month for November!!!

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If you know someone who you would like to nominate for e-Buddies of the month please e-mail Priscilla Garza, e-Buddies Program Manager for Best Buddies Florida at priscillagarza@bestbuddies.org.


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