I’ve joined a challenge on Instagram that benefits a charity called Pencils of Promise.
I was so moved when I heard this story: (taken from Pencils of Promise website, direct link)
It began with a question. A small boy begging in the streets of India. “What do you want most in the world?”
“A pencil,” he replied.
I reached into my backpack, handed him my pencil, and watched as a wave of possibility washed over him.
A smile erupted and his eyes brightened. I then saw the profound power and promise brought through something as small as giving a pencil to just one child. Over the next five years, I backpacked through more than 50 countries, handing out thousands of pens and pencils across six continents. These pencils, these small pieces of potential, led to powerful conversations with local parents and children across countless cultures and languages. From years of listening to their words, it became clear that there was a need for an international nonprofit that was led on-the-ground by a staff of locals from within each country, required village participation in each school, and deeply supported, trained and tracked each student to ensure their success. These are the guidelines on which PoP was founded in October 2008.
Since starting with just a $25 deposit, we have now built more than 300 schools.
In the process, we have learned a lot. We’ve learned that education is a living, breathing entity that with the right nurturing, evolves into something spectacular. We’ve learned that every piece of its growth is a challenge and that each pencil, each dollar, each supporter is essential. Pencils of Promise is now a global movement of passionate individuals, many of which are the most dynamic and impactful leaders we have ever seen. They are committed to supporting a world with greater educational opportunity for all. Thousands have joined us, making contributions through acts both large and small.
We fundamentally believe that a day will come in our lifetimes when every single child will have access to a quality education, and we will continue to work tirelessly in breaking down the restraints of today to enable the possibilities of tomorrow.
What would it be like to just want a pencil? We live in a country of abundance of so many things. I personally have a love for all office supplies, just like many other handletterers and friends. A pencil is so basic and useful, a tool beyond measure. I love the quote by Joyce Meyer: ” A #2 pencial and a dream can take you anywhere” In honor of education and all my teacher and creative friends you can find a freebie of her quote HERE.
If you would like to donate to the cause, I won’t stop you!