“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela
I strongly believe this affirmation to be very true and that we can indeed change the world through education. The more people have access to education, the more informed we are about the world and the more we can use that knowledge to improve the world we live in.
Currently, 250 million children worldwide can’t read. For someone who loves books, reading and learning, this number seems mind-boggling. Fortunately, there are plenty of things we can do to change this situation. There are several organizations who deal with building schools, providing quality education to children and increasing the number of children who get access to education. One of these organizations is Pencils of Promise.
Ever since I first heard of Pencils of Promise, I’ve been a huge supporter of this organization and their efforts to bring education to children who live in areas where access to education is limited or non-existent. Pencils of Promise is a “for-purpose” organization that took on the mission to build schools, train teachers and provide the necessary materials to educate children in various communities in Ghana, Guatemala, Laos and Nicaragua. So far, with all the funds they have raised, they managed to build over 550 schools where more than100,000 students are attending.
We were lucky enough to go to school and learn how to read and write, and it’s now our turn to help other children gain access to similar privileges. For this purpose, I’m donating my birthday to Pencils of Promise and I’m fundraising to help Pencils of Promise in their mission to educate children around the world. If you’d like to join me, please visit my fundraising page and remember that every bit helps. If you’d like to do even more, you can join the Pencils of Promise PASSPORT program, where your monthly donation can have an even higher impact on children’s future.
You can learn more about the story of Pencils of Promise by reading its founder Adam Braun’s book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.
Together we can help educate more children and change the world. Thank you for your support in improving the lives of children and creating a better future for everyone!
Photo credit: Pencils of Promise