It wasn't Teri Hatcher who made a big impression on schoolchildren in Nairobi, Kenya. It was her 10-year-old daughter, Emerson Rose.

Hatcher and Emerson visited a boarding school where the students hit it off with the California tween.

"They loved my daughter," Hatcher, 43, one of the stars of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Tanzania.

Hatcher said her daughter brought letters and drawings from her fourth-grade classmates to kick off a pen-pal exchange with at least 40 children at the boarding school.