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Education is a right that every child deserves, and the key to building thriving communities. Unfortunately, not all children have the same access to a good schools – or sometimes any school at all. That’s why the great folks at Pencils of Promise have made it their business to build schools in developing countries, ensuring as many young students around the world as possible have the chance to learn.
It all started when Pencil of Promise’s founder, Adam Braun, was traveling the globe and met a young boy begging in India. He asked the child what he wanted most in the world, and heard a shocking answer: a pencil. That encounter inspired Braun to launch Pencils of Promise in 2008. Since then, the organization has already made a huge difference, building more than 130 schools and sustainable education systems across South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. In doing so, they have touched the lives of over 100,000 people.
Pencils of Promise, which is run almost entirely by Millenials (including Braun), is an inspiring tale of young people who saw a need in the world and found innovative ways to fill that need. Check out the video below for more information, and visit their website to make a donation. 100% of online donations go directly to fund new schools.