In 2014, as part of its annual Climate Week events, ifs University College staff took part in a fundraiser of a different kind. Rather than the usual shaking of buckets or the brandishing of donation boxes around the office, collection points were placed in strategic locations for staff to drop off pens, pencils and other bits of stationery to be sent to schools in Uganda on behalf of “Pens for Kids”.
As the charity explains, “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.
So far the charity has sent:
- 3,200 pens to Cameroon
- 3,000 pens to Uganda
- 1,000 pens to Malawi
- 1,500 pens to India
- 70,000 mini-jotter pens to Ghana
This week, ifs University College was delighted to receive the following letter, confirming the safe arrival of these pens and the difference that they are already making in schools across the country:
Warmest greetings from Clemency Uganda family!
I would like to inform you that today we received a box of pens, pencils among other items which you sent.
For this reason I am acknowledging receipt of the same by sending you some of the photos we took today while giving out the sent items to the kids. Kindly find these photos in the attachments.
On behalf of the entire team and the kids, we are so grateful of your generous and unwavering contribution towards supporting these vulnerable children's education. You are indeed teaching them to fish by giving them the pens and pencils as opposed to giving them the fish itself.
Have a nice evening.