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Project information

Project Pencil Case - Mission Possible!

To supplement the single school pencil issued, by supplying one school of underprivileged students (mainly orphans) with one fully equipped pencil case for each student - to inspire confidence in learning, help these students realise their creative potential and the value of education.

September 2011 - June 2012

Charity information: Project Pencil Case - Supporting Ethiopian Students

Project Pencil Case - Supporting Ethiopian Students logo
  • Need


    Government schools are only basically funded and Ethiopia has an expanding population, 70% of whom are under age 21. Although schooling is now available to all, often demand exceeds supply and schools are overcrowded with one teacher to upwards of 50 students. School funding allows one pencil per student for the whole year but nothing more and the students are too poor to purchase more supplies. Resources commonplace to most western students are shared or simply not available and improvise


    By supplying young students with basic pencil cases (cases are made on site and supplies purchased locally to help support the local economy) this encourages them to want to achieve and with recognition of their learning potential, despite their poverty, also helps to elevate their self esteem and they do not feel helpless or forgotten in conditions of often severe and tragic adversity, in one of the worlds most poor countries...This small action has a productive impact on their education.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To equip students with the basic educational supplies they need to facilitate their learning.


    » To fundraise internationally through illustrated talks and workshops on education in Ethiopia to raise funds for these school supplies
    » To maintain website (self created) and Facebook sites with updated information and images to help raise continual awareness and highlight problems

    What success will look like

    Success will be evident from the appreciation from these poor students but most of all these basic tools will facilitate their learning and inspire confidence in them.

    Aim 2

    To volunteer our own time in these schools and to actively recruit volunteer teachers from abroad.


    » Use our website as a platform to highlight volunteers and supplies needed and to also engage local support and to advertise through educational sites.
    » To involve volunteer teachers and librarians to enhance reading and writing support and to inspire confidence in students working in small groups

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by how many volunteers come and donate their time, how our own time benefits the students in need and the students level of improvement from these actions.

  • Impact


    PPC will maintain communication with the school by providing volunteer teachers who will assist students with English and Literacy - to ensure they continue to feel confident about their education. To also run writing and art competitions and to supplement their education positively. A poor student who loses his one issued pencil can not afford to replace it and is reliant on sharing or doing without. A students own pencil case and helpful volunteers will provide motivation and encouragement.


    The risks are that there may be inadequate funding to be able to provide an entire school of needy students with their own pencil case but as in cases before we will rely on school directors to ensure that the neediest students will be able to receive pencil cases based on PPC allocated funds and supplies.


    PPC has an active website with images and regular reports and updates in addition to quarterly newsletters. Donors will be kept fully informed and will receive full updates on the school and students in receipt of their donation/s.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600 pencil cases 600 locally designed and made pencil cases for students
      £3,000 supplies full contents for 600 pencil cases to include pencils, markers, ruler, sharpener, eraser, notebook
  • Background


    Addis Ababa, the capital city of the East African country of Ethiopia which remains one of the poorest countries of the world, with a large youth population, 70% of whom are aged under 21.


    Extremely poor students from the most deprived neighbourhood in a city with over 6 million people most of whose residents live below the poverty line - these students come from impoverished backgrounds, often orphaned and come to school hungry. Although the city is experiencing a growth in construction and aspiring to a level of affluence, these children are the forgotten and ignored residents of this vast city who will never experience or witness any of the cities new wealth.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Project Pencil Case is based in Addis Ababa where it works on site with schools and students, identifying the poorest schools and students in most need through the help of local educational officials. Project Pencil Case is run by only two people who are committed to making a difference.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Arabella Stewart

    British founder of charity (raised in Ethiopia) works on all aspects of the charity - from volunteering to fundraising, admin and promotion of charity

    Mikele Goitom - Partner

    Mikele Goitom is an Ethiopian born and raised teacher committed to helping his country. He volunteers in schools and acts as translator and fundraises


cost of one filled pencil case per student