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Pencils of Promise  We provide life-changing education to kids around the world.

No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. -@lupitanyongo 📷: @nickonken

Feelin’ those Monday blues? This smile helps. 📷: @nickonken

On June 16, 2009, (about 9 years ago) our very first school in Pha Theung, Laos was completed. 👆🏼✏️

Leading up to PoP’s 10th birthday this October, we’re excited to relive and share more special moments like this from our decade-long journey together.⁣

Who knew that @itsadambraun’s “impossible” dream, and this first school in 2009, would one day inspire the same dream of quality education for every child for millions of others around the world?⁣

Anchored by our wholehearted belief that we could create a better world through education, over the past 10 years, we’ve built over 470 schools and unlocked the potential of more than 90,000 kids every day.⁣

None of this would be possible without you—and if you’re reading this, we simply want to say thank you. For 10 years, you’ve inspired us. You’ve represented possibility. And you’ve moved the world by keeping our crazy, audacious and “impossible” dream alive. We can’t wait see what our next chapter brings. 🙌🏼💛🔟 #PoP10 (Photo by @nickonken)

There is strength in education.
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We all have our own strengths as well, and we must all use it to make the world a better place. We can all use whatever we have to make a positive change in the world for other people.
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One of my strengths has been photography, and it’s been a pleasure to team up with #PencilsOfPromise to give back and do what I can to contribute to bettering the world.
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I ask you this now, What is your strength and how can you use it to give back? It doesn’t take much. For some of us it’s our skills and talent, and for others it’s the ability to give money.
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Whatever it may be, it’s about the energy of giving back beyond yourself. It doesn’t even have to be this charity, but find what resonates with your own life and give back there.
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It’s been a pleasure taking over the @pencilsofpromise IG account over the last few days.
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Be well, and remember: Create your life by creating every small moment.
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Go forth and live a @NIONlife and we’ll see you next time!
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Signing off from the field,
-Nick
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

Tag someone you love having conversations with!
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Inspiring conversations with a good friend are the best. .
Juana and her sister Santa love to hang out on their porch. .
From the field,
-Nick
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

Tambourines are always a fun celebration.
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Just a normal part of the day in this class with this little one.
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What was your favorite instrument to play as a kid?
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From the field,
-Nick
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

The kid in the red… That’s me in yoga class.
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None the less, the practice is the practicing.
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Teaching these kids a little tree pose while balancing on a tire.
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Down here in the field in Guatemala shooting for @pencilsofpromise
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From the field,
-Nick

@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

These two adorable girls, Alisson y angely were playing tag with me all day.
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They are 5 years old and loving their teacher(as you can see from the previous game post)
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Happy Friday.
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From the field,
-Nick
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

Building strength in teacher is the name of the game.
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They may not all be built like this brother from another mother, but even the PoP teachers are learning themselves to become stronger.
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PoP is dedicated to developing the teacher program as well as building schools. You can have a structure, but if the teacher’s aren’t up to par the education won’t exist.
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That is something I believe is highly important in the world of education. I love that PoP is focused on making better teachers, and providing them with the resources they need.
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From the field,
-Nick —
@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

What was your favorite game to play as a kid? Comment below!
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I love the joy on these kids faces as they play this game with their teacher.
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

Tag your favorite companion!
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This is Juana and her sister Santa. They love and take care of each other and are great friends.
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There’s something about sisterhood that is beautiful and essential.
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We all need friends to support us through the journey.
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

Meet Juana. .
She is 11 years old and living in the village of Eca Bella Linda, and is a proud Pencils of Promise student.
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Every day she goes home, does her homework and helps out around the house even with her newest sibling.
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Traveling and seeing local people’s homes is the best way to experience the culture. It’s an eye opening experience.
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@nickonken x #PencilsOfPromise
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📷 @nickonken | @photographsbynickonken | #nickonken | #CreateYourMoments

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