Pencils of Promise is changing what a learning experience can be for a child anywhere in the world by providing:
School
Builds
Reading
Materials
Teacher Support & Coaching

Can you read this sentence?

Millions of children around the world can’t.
250 million children lack reading and writing skills. Together, we can change this.
and win a trip to Guatemala!

Imagine If 250 Million Children Received a
Quality Education

  • ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

    If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.

  • OPPORTUNITIES
    FOR GIRLS

    Girls who go to school are less likely to marry early or against their will. Education empowers women to make their own life choices.

  • HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

    An educated society can help decrease the burden of disease through learned health practices.

Make a Difference & See Your Impact in Action

Start a campaign with Pencils of Promise and you could win an all-expense-paid #PoPFieldTrip to Guatemala for you and a guest to see your contribution at work. 100% of donations will go toward supporting PoP’s programs in our partner countries.

Join Us in Guatemala!

Once your campaign reaches $3,000 your name will be entered into a raffle to attend a PoP trip to the field. For each additional $1,000 you raise you will be entered again!
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Calculate Your Impact

Every Contribution Makes an Impact. Just $25 provides educational opportunities for a child in need

 = 120 Children Impacted

Back to School Campaigner Leaderboard

Campaigner Location Amount Raised
Ellena Reposa 5660
STACEY JOHNSTONE WILMINGTON, IL 4040
International Youth Fellowship 1710
Brittany Sims 1587
Benedict Joson Flushing, NY 1010
Sandy Blasey Pinckney, MI 530
Marissa Walsh 485
Madeeha Hussain 462
Dinos Lefkaritis LEWISTON, ME 275
Alliana Rempel Arborg, MB 200

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Total Community Raise: 81496

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Best in Class: PoP Featured Campaigners

  • Melvis Langyintuo

    Melvis Langyintuo is a PoP campaigner come full circle. Born in rural Ghana, he was fortunate enough to receive a primary education, unlike so many children in his country. Eventually he applied to boarding schools in the US, attended Lawrenceville and then Skidmore College and now works at Goldman Sachs - a path that would have never been possible without his education.

    Together with one of his friends from Lawrenceville, Rob Delaney, the two raised over $50,000 for PoP, enough to build two schools and fund countless dreams for Ghanaian children.

    READ MELVIS' STORY

  • Leroy Sanchez

    Originally born in Abetxuko, Vitoria, Spain, Leroy Sanchez knows just how much difference an education can make on your life. As a kid, Leroy loved singing and performing, and took every opportunity to perform in his school's choir. As a teenager, Leroy moved with Miami, Florida to pursue his dream of being a musician, and it's his success since then that's led him to raise $35,000 for PoP this back to school season. With the help of his "LeRoyal" supporters, he will be selling personally designed t-shirts, tank tops and crewnecks with 100% of the proceeds supporting his efforts to build a school in Guatemala. He can't wait to build his first school, and we can't wait to help him do it.

    See Leroy’s Campaign

  • PoP Club Indy

    PoP Indy, a club of teenagers from Indiana led by Anna Tobias, raised enough money for a school build through a series of fundraisers including lemonade stands, school functions and a community-wide party.

    After reading the #PoPBook, the PoP Indy members set out to throw an event to remember. They got creative and had food trucks, a bounce house and a dunk tank. In total, they raised over $15,000 that night to go toward their campaign.

    Read Their Story

Join Our PoP Family as We Go Back to School

FEAT

During the week of International Literacy Day, FEAT Socks is donating proceeds from socks sold online. Together we can go back to school in style!

FABFITFUN

We collaborated with FabFitFun to create colored pencil boxes in the spirit of spreading the promise of a pencil.