So far we have sent 1,038,617 pens and pencils to children around the world
In many countries, kids can only dream of an education, as parents can not afford to send them to school. The main obstacles are often school fees, school uniforms, or that the children need to work to help support the family. In many countries education is free, but missing income, uniforms and cost of school utensils like pens are still big hurdles to overcome. In some countries the average income per family is a dollar or two a day, pens are big investments and quickly dry out under the relentless Equatorial sun.
In Africa, many people live in simple huts like these. In western Europe, most kids this age have their own room, and for Christmas they ask their parents to give them a new mobile phone, an iPod or a new laptop computer - because the old one is too slow for the newest games!
Many kids just wish they could be allowed to go to school. By sending your new and used pens, this makes the dream a reality for many.
Pens for Kids is trying to help kids around the world, by removing one of the hurdles on their way to an education - the cost of a pen!
By the close of 2020, Pens for Kids UK had facilitated the sending of 1,038,617 pens and pencils to schools and orphanages in need of such items overseas (and these are just the ones we know about!).
Many thanks to everyone who donated pens, pencils, rulers, staplers, money - as you can see from our web site and our Facebook page:
Everything you send is put to very good use!
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