“What do you want most in life?” Adam Braun asked a little boy begging on the streets of India. “A pencil,” he replied.
The wave of possibilities Adam could see in this boy’s eyes, should he just have one pencil, prompted him to begin handing out pens and pencils during his backpacking travels.
Over the five years that followed, these pencils led him to quit a dream job in finance and start Pencils of Promise (PoP), a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Adam founded PoP with only $25 and the hope of building schools for children in locations where education is not a given. Six years later, more than 160 schools have been built in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Ghana. They don’t just build schools however, they also train teachers, educate families on healthy living, and more.
Adam has recently written a book about his journey, which will be released on March 18: The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change. Sir Richard Branson says it is a must read for, “anyone looking to transform the world.” The co-founder of Kiva touts: “Braun’s lessons are memorable and powerful. This is a must read, a must re-read, and a must-keep-in-view-on-bookshelf kind of book.”
Said to teach you how to break away from the pack, find your passion, and bring your greatest ideas to life, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon now.
Pre-order your book, then see what else you can do to show your support for this amazing organization. Even without donating (just $25 educates a child for one year), you can simply share the story of Pencils of Promise using your social media impact – starting with Facebook and Twitter.
Something as seemingly mundane as a pencil can mean so much to some. While ever this is the case in the world, we promise to keep doing what we can to create possibilities of a better future. Promise to keep helping us?