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Sometimes we take pens and pencils for granted. But for some unfortunate but beautiful children, these are very special things. These can make life in school a little better, a little easier.
A few years ago, I visited a school in my home province and noticed that some kiddos go to school without any writing instruments. In one classroom, I noticed a child writing with a pencil about 2.5-inch in length. Imagine how difficult it is to write with a writing instrument of that length!
It made me sad to see those children in that situation. In spite of the government’s effort, there are still many poor families in my province. These families struggle between between buying meals and buying pens and pencils (and other school supplies). Meals always win, and pens and pencils (and other school supplies) take the backseat. But I was consoled by the fact that at least they still manage to attend school instead of dropping out.
So today I am launching this little project called Pens of Hope. It aims to gather as many pens as possible. I know that the pens will not sustain their education but they will remember the kindness of strangers who sent them pens and pencils. I, too, was a recipient of so many acts of kindness from strangers. Born into a poor family, it wouldn’t have been possible for me to finish school without the help of some strangers. Their acts of kindness gave me hope and encouragement. I am sure your help will also give the children in Northern Samar hope and encouragement.
I welcome everyone who is willing to help. You can give one pen, two pens, any number. Doesn’t matter how many. Doesn’t matter what kind of pens and pencils. I will give proper documentation on the pens that I receive and on the distribution process so you can see where your pens go.
Please note that Pens of Hope does NOT accept money and is not affiliated with any political or religious group. This is also pure voluntary work and is free from any economical motive and interest.
If you would like to help these kids you may:
1. Send pens or pencils to:
PENS OF HOPE
P.O. Box 16
Post Office, Bgy. Dalakit,
Catarman Northern Samar
2. Put a Pens of Hope badge on your blog. You may get a badge here.
3. Tell others about Pens of Hope.
Maraming, maraming salamat po! (Thank you very much!)
2. Second batch will be distributed in June 2009 — Please note that instead of pens, it will be more helpful to send pencils this time because the recipients are preschoolers and Grade 1 pupils.