Pens For Kids UK


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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 4G mobile phone, an I-pod 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 us your new and used pens, or helping pay towards shipping costs of some 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!

Current Status: Pens for Kids UK:

On 12th March 2016, we have around 36,000 pens and pencils in stock. We are critically short of funds to send them, and they're no use sitting in boxes in the UK when they could be in the hands of children in schools and orphanages overseas. Can you help us with a donation please? See our "How you can help" webpage linked above.  We never pass donors details on, or contact you directly asking for additional donations.

During 2016, we have so far facilitated the sending of:
  • 450 pens and pencils to Uganda
  • 3,400 pens, pencils and other stationery items to India
So far, Pens for Kids UK has facilitated the sending of 707.514 pens and pencils to schools and orphanages in need of such items overseas (and these are only the ones we know about!)

Please send us your unwanted pens and pencils, and if you are able, don't forget a donation to help ship them to where they are needed (or send them directly - see our "How You Can Help" page for details).

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 it put to very good use!

During 2015, we facilitated the sending of:
  • 8,340 pens to Cameroon
  • 7,012 pens to Uganda
  • 1,000 pens to Malawi
  • 1,500 pens to India
  • 400 pens to Kenya
  • 70,000 mini-jotter pens, 500 notepads, 116,950 pens and highlighters and 48,000 pencils to Ghana
  • 668 pens to Zambia
  • 5,000 pens and 3,000 pencils to Thailand
  • Total 261,870 pens and pencils, plus numerous other rulers, erasers, staplers and many other uncounted items.
Cult Pens, as a result of their Pens for Kids Christmas promotion this year, are sending 111,850 to Ghana.

During 2014 we facilitated the sending of:
  • 21,00 pens to Tanzania.
  • Approx 50,000 pens and 500 mini note pads to Ghana
  • Approx 20,000 pens to Senegal
  • 80 pens to Malawi
  • 60 coloured pencils, 318 pencils, 275 pens, assorted erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers , a couple of jigsaws and a few dice to Uganda
Total so far for 2014 - 92,613 pens, pencils and other items.

During 2013:
Pens for Kids UK facilitated the sending of:
  • 22,080 pencils to Tanzania.
  • 3,000 pens and pencils to South Sudan
  • 3,850 pens to Kenya
  • 4,900 pens and pencils to Uganda
  • 3,000 pens, plus notebooks and and notepads to Ethiopia
  • 2,500 pens, pencils rulers and other equipment to Sierra Leone
  • 2,300 pens and 3,000 pencils to Ghana
  • 307 pens and pencils to Malawi
Total for 2013 - 44,937 pens and pencils.

During 2012:
Pens for Kids UK facilitated the sending of:
  • 14,000 pens to Uganda, 
  • 94,250 pens to Kenya,
  • 9,500 pens and pencils to Tanzania,
  • 8,000 pens (+ rulers and notepads) to Ghana,
  • 3,300 pens (+ rulers) to South Africa,
  • 2,800 pencils to Peru
  • 2,000 pens to Liberia
  • 2,000 pens to Cameroon
  • 1,000 pens to Ethiopia
  • 2,000 pens to Somaliland
  • 2,000 pens to the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 2,000 pens to Madagascar
  • 128,000 pens to Zimbabwe
That's 270,850 pens and pencils sent in 2012.

During 2011:
Over 62,000 pens sent to Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia and Mexico by Pens For Kids worldwide, 8,000 of which were by Pens for Kids UK.

During 2010:
25,384 pens plus pencils, rulers and erasers sent to Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda from Pens For Kids UK during 2010.
Over 90,000 pens sent by the different international organisations of Pens For Kids in 2010.

Please help us by using the "Donate" option below, or see "How You Can Help" link to transfer your donation straight to our bank account.  We're a not for profit organisation; all donations are totally used to send pens, we have no paid employees and make no profits.

Distributing Pens

Photo of Masai house
A head teacher distributing pens to kids