Ethiopian students start school without the basic supplies they need and Pencil Cases are luxury items, which most families will be unable to afford. Unless donated, PPC pencil cases are produced by local women in Addis Ababa to support the local economy.
One of the ways these students can be helped is through local programs. We welcome help from individuals, schools, clubs and other local groups to initiate fundraising ventures in your own community.
Because Ethiopia is so far away and shipping costs are high, we prefer to receive funds so that all materials can be purchased locally and also helps build the local economy. The funds required for shipping costs can be much better spent on the project itself and enable more students to receive supplies!
However, we do not dissuade schools from collecting pencil cases and though we do not want to spend excess money on shipping costs which could instead be applied to school supplies, we have a network of people including PPC staff who whenever possible are willing to transport items as excess luggage when they fly to Addis Ababa, which is a cheaper and quicker method than standard shipping.
Pencil Case contents should include the following items:
Two Lead Pencils
One Six Inch Ruler or Folding 12 inch ruler (to fit into pencil case)
Assorted Coloured Pencils
Optional Extras: stickers, small notebooks
When your collection is ready, please contact us and if possible we will come to your school to collect the items and give your school an illustrated talk about Ethiopia and the work we do. Otherwise we will provide you with a US or UK address for you to mail the pencil cases or stationary supplies.
All received items whether large or small will receive a written note of thanks including details about the recipient students and school.
PLEASE INCUDE A £2 COIN WITH EACH PENCIL CASES TO HELP WITH TRANSPORT COSTS – THANK YOU
If your school or group is interested in hosting a fund raising event or collection for Project Pencil Case please do get in touch by clicking this link Contact or visiting the Contact page.
Cash donations are also gratefully received through Paypal which is our preferred method of payment (secure donation button below) and will be used to purchase school supplies on site in Addis Ababa (which helps support the local economy).
THE COST FOR ONE LOCALLY PRODUCED PENCIL CASE WITH LOCALLY SOURCED CONTENTS COSTS £10/$15
Cheques for bank deposit may also be sent and should be made payable to “Project Pencil Case” in either USD or Pound Sterling – we will email you the address if you wish to pay by cheque.
Thank You very much for your interest and Kind Support!