Pens For Kids UK


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 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 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!

Current Status: Pens for Kids UK:

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!)

Due to health issues, we are looking for someone else to run the UK branch of Pens for Kids. We will support where we can, but no longer feel able to give this cause the time and attention it deserves. As a result we request that donations are only sent directly to requesting organisations overseas, and not to the UK branch of Pens for Kids.

Details of where to send items can be found at, or obtained from Claus at

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!

During 2019 we facilitated the sending of over 134,380 pens and pencils, plus rulers, erasers etc to Cameroon, Cape Verde, Gambia, Kenya, Morocco, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

During 2018 we facilited the sending of 73,150 pens and pencils to Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania & Uganda.

During 2017 we facilitated the sending of over 67,373 pens and pencils, plus rulers, erasers etc to Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda,

During 2016, we facilitated the sending of:
  • 450 pens and pencils to Uganda
  • 3,400 pens, pencils and other stationery items to India
  • 15,000 pens and 5,000 pencils to Ghana
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