What we do
We collect pens from
friends, colleagues, family - in fact whoever donates them, and send
them to our contacts (we call them our Ambassadors) overseas.
The Ambassadors then distribute the pens and pencils to schools and
orphanages overseas that would otherwise struggle to fund such items
for their children. You can see some recent photographs of pens
being distributed here Distribution
of pens in Tanzania
We accept donations to help cover the cost of sending pens, you
can donate via Paypal below, or find other ways of donating on our "How
You can Help" page. You can either make a donation towards a shipment,
or sponsor a box or two of pens yourself. Typically, a box of 1,000
pens costs around £70-£80 to send to Africa, but sending 4 boxes only
out at around £50 each.
Alternatively, if companies
would like to send the pens directly this saves us lots of time,
administration and most importantly money. Details of our Ambassador
contacts are here List of Pens for Kids Ambassadors
Any Ambassador will be
happy to receive your donation, or we can suggest the one with the
greatest need if you would like us to. Please see our note on donations
to Kenya on the "How You Can Help" tab.
the donor lives closer
to an Ambassador than we do, we kindly ask that the pens be sent
directly to the Ambassador instead, if it makes no difference to the
Ambassadors distribute the pens to underprivileged children in their
local areas at no charge.
We can also provide pens to individuals or groups that may be
volunteers to work in orphanages or schools overseas. Please contact
us if you are volunteering, and let us know what you need.
We are also happy to provide whatever we can to organisations that can
distribute pens to children. All we ask is that it's done through
volunteers, that no profit is made anywhere in the chain, and that the
pens go to childen that really need them. We also ask organisations
overseas to be willing to meet any import duties that may be raised.
Two of the organisations that we're really excited to be
supporting are Blue Skies Foundation, and Omushana.
Click on the links below for more details: