Supporting education & community development projects in Namibia & Bolivia.

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Donations to One Pencil are made through the PayPal Giving Fund.  The PayPal Giving Fund charges no credit card processing fees, ensuring that every penny of your donation is put to work to support our mission.  ----   


Other ways to give…

sign up for amazonsmile

Whenever you shop on AmazonSmile , Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to One Pencil. Simply search and select One Pencil after signing in. Same products, same prices, same service and you’re helping us without any extra heavy lifting.

Remember, if you want Amazon to donate to One Pencil, after you select One Pencil you need to start each shopping session at the URL

A Great gift to give or request

Not sure what to get someone this year for the holidays? Why not donate in someone’s name? To acknowledge your gift we send an official letter to the recipient which details our project and the type of gift you purchased for them. Either (A) a direct donation in their name, (B) the number of school children sponsored in 2019, or (C) the number of school supplies purchased from our shop (e.g. 1000 pencils). We will also send a 2019 midyear update to the email addresses you provide which will include photos and stories about the schools and villages where the supplies are delivered.

Sign up to collect supplies at home

Though we buy most of our supplies in country to limit costs associated with shipping, we can ship and transport supplies twice per year. You can purchase supplies and send them to us, run your own drive (through your work, school, or church), or recycle gently used supplies. Click the link below to let us know you’re interested and we will help get you started!


Other ways you can help.

Your generous donations will help to provide consistent to support to over 7,000 children in Bolivia and Namibia. We work directly with community leaders and support their efforts in improving the lives of their people.

Children need school supplies in order to learn effectively. Our research in both Bolivia and Namibia shows a direct link between quality of schooling and academic resources on literacy, mathematical ability, and scholastic achievement (Davis, 2014). The simple act of providing school supplies each year will have a direct impact on children’s learning experience. There are lots of ways you can help us by volunteering a little time and/or donating. such as:

  1. Collecting monetary donations in lieu of gifts for your birthday or anniversary.

  2. Do a school supply drive at your work, community service or Scouts project, or for a Bar Mitzvah / Bar Mitzvah.

  3. Donate in a loved one’s name for a birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, or other holiday. We will post the names on non-anonymous givers on our website beginning in January 2019. We can also send you a certificate with information about the project to the person you’ve donated for.

  4. School or class project learning about South America, Africa, or global issues.

  5. Teach your kids about the importance of giving back, service, and generosity by helping them design their own fundraiser or supply drive.

  6. Buy some of our swag products for yourself or your loved ones.

    What your contributions will support.

    Read about some of our current projects to learn how your contributions and donations help. One Pencil Project operates in the United States through 100% volunteer work. That means there is virtually no overhead, and all of the money you donate goes directly to the communities and classrooms. This model makes it possible for us to ensure that everything donors give goes exactly where they want it to go!