How we work
commitment to success in schools through academic resources
Our research has shown that the enforcement of academic skills, through consistency, rigor, and practice is necessary for childhood success. The cost of one pencil shouldn’t prohibit a child from gaining the skills they want and need to succeed in school.
Previous support for schools came from grants and individual funds. In 2018 One Pencil Project began vigorously fundraising and achieved 501(c)(3) status. Efforts now are aimed at supplying school supplies each year to school-aged children in Bolivia and Namibia. We plan to maintain sustained efforts, so that all children included in the program can expect new school supplies at the beginning of each academic year.
commitment to COMMUNITIES through clean water & Community development
Helen began collaborating with the University of New Mexico’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in 2009. Her goal was to find an organization who used sustainable practices in their work and aimed to create local community ownership of development projects. As of 2018, two fully functioning wells have been installed in the Tsimane territory. These wells are dug and maintained through community support. Community members are trained on how to maintain and repair the well, and all parts can be purchased at low costs in San Borja (a neighboring market town). You can learn more about UNM-EWB here:
Moving forward, One Pencil hopes to begin supporting UNM-EWB’s efforts financially. One Pencil also aims to begin working on repairing wells in Namibian communities that have fallen into disrepair.
commitment to policy and people
Data will continually be collected on the efforts of One Pencil and the outcome of each program. Those data will be provided to community members and leaders for their own purposes. The data will also be used to answer questions about the efficacy of intervention programs and formal schooling on childhood achievement.
“Communities are the most effective agents for lasting, positive change.”
Engineers without borders | national chapter
Clean water in Bolivia through EWB-UNM
Engineers without borders at the university of new mexico
Engineers Without Borders UNM just completed their third trip, successfully installing their second well in Tacuaral del Matto. One Pencil Project and The Tsimane Health and Life History Project collaborate with EWB-UNM with on-the-ground support and assistance. We hope to help fund their efforts moving forward.