You’re Making a Difference Here



Ghana was, until very recently, one of the poorest countries in the world. Over the past few years, the nation has experienced unprecedented growth and development (IFAD report; African Development Bank). Although the lives of Ghanaians have improved greatly, the country still faces many challenges, especially in the education sector.

In Ghana, 18% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school and of those who are in school, 28% will drop out before completing primary school (UNESCO, 2012). Additionally, over 28% of the Ghanaian population is illiterate and out of all the current primary school classrooms, the government estimates that almost a quarter need repairs (World Bank, 2014; USAID, 2009).

PoP works with 142 communities in Ghana to ensure that students overcome these and other barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 35,000 students in Ghana.



Your Impact On Quality Education


Thanks to your generous support, Pencils of Promise is able to provide quality education to hundreds of students. These students will have access to a safe school structure, inspired teachers, literacy materials, and PoP’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program. By investing in Pencils of Promise’s educational programs, you’re helping ensure students have access to everything they need to receive a quality education.

Learn more about the programs you’re supporting:

Teacher Support

We believe that students will perform better if classrooms are led by enthusiastic, inspired and well-trained teachers. To ensure that our students are receiving a high-quality education, we provide our teachers with ongoing support and innovative resources, enhancing the delivery of national curriculum and empowering them to lead dynamic and effective lessons.

School Builds

85% of the communities we visit lack basic infrastructure. A quality learning environment is critical to increasing student attendance, engagement and overall literacy outcomes—so we build schools to ensure that all of our students have access to a safe and healthy place to learn.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs (WASH)

443 million school days are lost each year because of water-and sanitation-related diseases (UNDP). We believe that access to clean water, private bathrooms and good hygiene practices are essential for the growth and development of students. Our WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) program provides safe infrastructure and hygiene lessons to keep kids healthy, happy and in school.

From the start, we’ve believed a PoP school should be more than just a building: it’s the start of a transformative education. It’s a spark that creates a sustainable partnership with communities and unlocks the promise of generations to come. By investing in these programs, you are ensuring PoP students are progressing in their education, and we’ve got the results to prove it. You are joining us as we build hope, joy, community and a brighter future!

Thank you.


Your Impact In Action


Below, meet a PoP student and WASH Officer who are benefitting from the programs you’re helping make possible.



Yvonne – Student
Adaklu Avedzi, Ghana

Yvonne is a student at a PoP school located in Adaklu Avedzi, Ghana. She wants to be a journalist when she grows up, and loves attending her English class.

You’re helping bring PoP’s programs to communities like Adaklu Avedzi, and helping students like Yvonne become leaders in their classrooms.


Ms. Geh – WASH Officer
PoP Ghana Team

A WASH Officer for PoP, Ms. Geh works to incorporate water, sanitation and hygiene programming into students’ everyday lives. Through her involvement, Ms. Geh has noticed real “changes in the attitudes and behaviors” of students and teachers.

Ms. Geh is one of many PoP WASH Officers who work tirelessly to ensure that teachers provide their students with the best-possible education, to learn and thrive in class and beyond.