Pencils For Kids

    Pencils For Kids, a registered charitable organization, provides education, training and income-generating opportunities for children and women in Niger, West Africa.

    Sharpening the minds of the future

    Photo: Logo for pencils for Kids

    It all started with 30 kids sharing 1 pencil.

    • Canadian charity run solely by volunteers, with no paid staff
    • 95% - 97% of every donation goes directly to our projects

    Photo: Mission statement and vision statement for Pencils for Kids

    Their story

    It all began in the fall of 2005 when Canadian athletes participated in the “The Games of La Francophonie” in Niger, West Africa. During the Games a group of athletes visited a school in Liboré, a commune outside Niamey, the capital of Niger.

    Learn more about the origins of this incredible organization by clicking HERE

    Video: an introduction to the Farmers of the Future program 

    Farmers of the Future
    Empowering women and youth to approach farming as a business, thereby increasing economic opportunity and significantly reducing poverty.

    Photo: Women who are part of the Farmers of the Future program with Pencils for Kids

    Pencils for Kids (P4K) is piloting the first Farmers of the Future program with Dov Pasternak and ICRISAT to teach children in primary school how to grow vegetables and fruits, use drip irrigation, market their produce and invest their earnings. The first site for P4K was inaugurated in February 2010 in the village of Guireguinde in Liboré, Niger. It is a move from subsistence agriculture to agribusiness.

    Photo: kids smiling under the mesh canopy of a Farmer's of the Future field

    “The Farmers of the Future program is the brainchild of Professor Dov Pasternak an agricultural scientist with fifty years experience in dry regions. The program is done in partnership with an American NGO, Eliminate Poverty Now."

    Learn more about Pencils For Kids Farmers of the Future program HERE

    Sewing Program
    Training girls to become tailors in Liboré at the Cooper Sewing Centre in order to earn a living from a trade.

    Photo: woman sewing outside the Cooper sewing centre built by Pencils for Kids

    Pencils For Kids noticed there were many girls who simply could not stay in school for a variety of reasons.

    • They were needed at home
    • They were married young
    • Their parents didn’t understand why educating girls mattered

    How could we help them to earn a living and contribute to their families?

    Photo: woman inside the Cooper Sewing Centre using a sewing machine donated by Pencils for Kids

    The Cooper Sewing Centre and Store are now located in the new Education and Apprenticeship Centre, built by Pencils for Kids in 2016.

    To learn more about the Sewing Program click HERE

    Scholarships for Girls
    Our scholarships pay for books, uniforms, food allowances and most importantly 8 hours of additional tutoring weekly in 2-3 subjects.

    Photo: women holding diplomas after graduating 

    The Beginning
    Beginning in the 2009/2010 school year, P4K launched its Scholarships for Girls program, offering scholarships to four girls in the Madougou CES Secondary School in Liboré, and 39 girls in the Junior High School.

    The results were outstanding, and the girls excelled in their studies, moving on to the next grade level.

    Photo: founder Robin Mednick standing with women supported through the work of Pencils for Kids

    The most remarkable transformation has been in the community itself – parents encouraging all their daughters to attend school, strive for excellence and reach for their potential. This change of mindset has impacted far more families and girls than the scholarship beneficiaries themselves.

    To learn more about the scholarship for girls program click HERE

    Video: Robin Mednick's TEDx talk 

    Would you like to contribute to the great work the team at Pencils For Kids is doing?

    Photo: donate to Pencils for Kids hyperlink



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