Videos

Watch the Videos of our P4K journey.

Farmers of the Future Success Story: Dr. Dan Ady Salifou

Dr. Dan Ady Salifou, a highly successful physician in Niger, is also a highly successful farmer. See why he believes farming is key to his country's future. This video is sponsored by Farmers of the Future, the brainchild of Professor Dov Pasternak, and by Pencils for Kids and Eliminate Poverty Now who co-fund the program.

Farmers of the Future Success Story: Elh. Salifou Mahaman

Elh. Salifou Mahaman gave up a career in government service and the World Bank to start his own highly successful agricultural supply business. See why he believes money really does grow on trees and why he would never go back to his former life. This video is sponsored by Farmers of the Future, the brainchild of Professor Dov Pasternak, and by Eliminate Poverty Now and Pencils for Kids who co-fund the program.

Farmers of the Future Success Story: Sadoré Village

Sadoré is the first village to pilot the Farmers of the Future program, the brainchild of Professor Dov Pasternak. See how agriculture created a total economic transformation of this traditional village in Niger. The Farmers of the Future program is co-funded by Eliminate Poverty Now and Pencils for Kids.

P4A: Pencils for Kids

VOTE for Pencils for Kids on P4A: http://www.projectforawesome.com/charity/pencils-for-kids/p4a-pencils-for-kids Pencils for Kids: http://pencilsforkids.com/ Project for Awesome: http://www.projectforawesome.com/ It's the time of year in which people talk about dope dope charities. My links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/nerdyandquirky Tumblr: http://awkward-aeries.tumblr.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/nerdyandquirky

Pass the Happiness

"Pass the happiness - we are all in this together." Our friend Khang Ha who produced the original video "Share the Happiness" helped us create this new version that links students from Markham District High School, in Ontario, Canada and children from Liboré, Niger.

Sadoré Visit in March, 2014

The village of Sadoré was the first to pilot the Farmers of the Future concept in 2007. Using tree nurseries as the economic engine, women in Sadore now earn over $2,000/year, 5 times the national average and the village has been entirely self-sufficient for the last 5 years. This model has been the forerunner for the four villages P4K and EPN are currently piloting. This video has been created by Eliminate Poverty Now, Pencils for Kids' partner in the Farmers of the Future program.

Farmers of the Future Gardens & Nurseries

These tree nurseries and vegetable gardens in Niger are an essential element of the Farmers of the Future program and generate much needed income for the mothers of students who participate in the program. This video has been created by Eliminate Poverty Now, Pencils for Kids' partner in the Farmers of the Future program

Robin gives a a TEDx Talk at ‪Havergal College‬

The founder of Pencils for Kids, Robin Mednick tells her story about how she got involved with the organization. She is a prime example of how ordinary people can do extraordinary things by sharing their stories and taking one step at a time.

Project for Awesome 2013 // Pencils for Kids

Find P4K here: http://www.pencilsforkids.com/ Want to get involved? Here's how: http://www.pencilsforkids.com/how-you-can-help Vote for P4K in the P4A here: http://www.projectforawesome.com/charity/pencils-for-kids/project-for-awesome-2013--pencils-for-kids Not sure what Project for Awesome is? Check it: http://www.projectforawesome.com/ Want to donate to P4A and get some sweet swag? Also check it: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-for-awesome--2 See those clips that are neither my face nor stop motion? Yes? I do not own those clips in any way. They belong to Pencils for Kids and are from their marvelous YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/pencilsforkids/featured ----- Find me places: http://www.twitter.com/katarinamary http://bennetsandbowties.tumblr.com

Part 1: Robin is interviewed by Kern Carter of Northbridge Media

In October 2012, Kern Carter interviewed Robin as part of his "History of Nothing" campaign. Kern is the founder of Northbridge Media Group.

Part 2: Robin is interviewed by Kern Carter of Northbridge Media

In October 2012, Kern Carter interviewed Robin as part of his "History of Nothing" campaign. Kern is the founder of Northbridge Media Group.

Massive flooding in Niger

In August 2012, a massive flooding in Liboré Niger causes damage and heartache. One third of the 32,000 people in the Liboré villages where we work have been affected. Filmed by Rotarian, Carl Vahl on September 22nd, 2012

NGO of the Year from Nations United

On Sunday, Pencils for Kids received the NGO of the Year award from Nations United, an organization dedicated to providing a platform for humanitarian causes. It was voted on by the public and is awarded to the NGO that people believe is an example for other NGOs to follow in terms of their practices. We are honoured and humbled by this award. It was an evening filled with humour, entertainment, and heartwarming stories. And it reminded us of how lucky we are to have been in the company of so many good organizations and people.

Water situation in Libore, Niger, June 2012

There are thousands of people who live near the river in Libore, Niger. Most of them do not have clean drinking water but use the water from the river for bathing and drinking. This is the same water that the animals also use. Many are getting ill with diseases like cholera. Their hope is to connect to the clean water from the pipelines that are now coming from the capital city of Niamey. If we raise enough money, we can all make this possible. In the meantime, as you can see in this video, clean, safe drinking water is not available.

Dini Petty interviews Robin Mednick in Liboré, Niger

Shot on location in Niger, Africa; Dini Petty interviews Robin Mednick, the founder of Pencils for Kids.

A member of the Premier of Ontario's team interviews Robin Mednick

Robin has a a heartfelt discussion with the Premier's team

Farmers of the Future - An Introduction

Making agriculture relevant, profitable and exciting to a younger generation.

Share the Happiness - Video by Khang Ha and the P4K Markham Chapter

Students in grades 9-12 at Markham District High School, in Markham, Ontario share their happiness in "giving" educational opportunities to the children in Libore, Niger

Robin Mednick on BNN

Robin speaks on BNN with Marty Cej and Frances Horodelski on December 19th, 2011 about Pencils for Kids, its Scholarships for Girls program and Farmers of the Future pilot

Rotary, Niger Hand Drilled Water Wells.

Niger, Water is Life. Rotary humanitarian project. Hand drilled water wells in rural Niger.

Farmers of the Future at Gueriguindi

Eliminate Poverty Now visited Libore, Niger in West Africa in January, 2011. These primary school children are the first in the Farmers of the Future program, which creates economic opportunity through agriculture.

Girls at Libore Secondary School

Eliminate Poverty Now visited Libore, Niger in West Africa in January, 2011. These girls are studying at the local secondary school, thanks to scholarships from Pencils for Kids. They ALL want to be doctors. Secondary school for girls leads to economic opportunity for women, which leads to poverty reduction, and a better world!

Libore Sewing Center Graduation

Eliminate Poverty Now focuses on economic opportunity and education in sub-Saharan Africa, especially for girls and women. We visited Libore, Niger in West Africa in January, 2011. These girls have studied sewing for three years, and will be earning income with their new sewing machines.

Students at Guereguindi Primary School

Eliminate Poverty Now focuses on economic opportunity and education in sub-Saharan Africa. These students are the first in the Farmers of the Future Program.

Inside the Libore Sewing Center

Eliminate Poverty Now supports the Pencils for Kids Sewing Center in Libore, Niger. It is one of our projects that provide economic opportunity and education in sub-Saharan Africa, with a special focus on girls and women.

P4K on BNN

Robin is interviewed about Pencils for Kids on BNN by Marty Cej and Frances Horodelski on December 21st, 2010.

Pencils for Kids - Artisan Designs Pencil Necklace for the Wear a Pencil Campaign

Pencils for Kids' "wear a pencil" campaign encourages everyone in the world to "wear a pencil until every child has a pencil". The pencils are made out of rock, hand-sculpted and designed for P4K by local artist Tchima Abdo, in Niger. Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Disabled Make Volleyballs for P4K

Pencils for Kids (P4K) purchases many volleyballs and chairs for its sports and sewing program in Liboré, from the local Handicapped Centre in Niamey, Niger. Pencils for Kids is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Farmers of the Future

Pencils for Kids (P4K) is piloting the first Farmers of the Future program with Dov Pasternak and ICRISAT to teach children in primary school how to grow vegetables and fruits, use drip irrigation, market their produce and invest their earnings. The first site for P4K was inaugurated in February 2010 in the village of Guireguinde in Liboré, Niger. It is a move from subsistence agriculture to agribusiness. Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Kindergardens

Pencils for Kids (P4K) is sponsoring many kindergarten programs in Liboré, Niger, in partnership with the parents, where children aged 3-5 are given an opportunity to learn in a creative and playful environment. Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Partners with ORBIS

Pencils for Kids (P4K) partnered with ORBIS in February 2010, the highly respected international organization with a flying eye hospital. Orbis came to Niger, at P4K's invitation, to train eye doctors from Niger and Chad and also spent a day of outreach examining patients in Liboré. Almost 400 in Liboré were examined, and 95 are receiving followup treatment and care. These patients never before had any access to any doctors of any kind. Thank you Orbis! Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Rotary Drills Water Wells

Many rotary clubs, led by the Rotary club of Olean New York, have been drilling wells in Liboré, Niger for the past two years, bringing clean drinking water to many villagers, making it easier for children to go to school. Pencils for Kids values the tremendous Rotary support. The wells allow children to stay in school as they are not walking miles to bring water. Pencils for Kids is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Second School Vive la Vie

Pencils for Kids (P4K) opened its second school, Vive la Vie in Ecole Centre in Liboré, in February 2010. It was sponsored by a generous Canadian couple. Robin officially inaugurated the school on behalf of P4K and watched the first ever Spelling Bee take place inside the classroom! Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Plans to Build Third School

In February 2010, Robin visited the village of Gourouberi in Liboré, Niger and committed on the spot, on behalf of Pencils for Kids (P4K), to build a kindergarten and then a school, when she realized there was no school at all in the village. The kindergarten was up by March 2010, and the new school will be built by early 2011. Pencils for Kids is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Scholarships for Girls

In 2009, Pencils for Kids (P4K) started the first Scholarships for Girls program in Liboré, Niger to offer girls a greater chance for success at the middle school and secondary school levels. It has been very effective and in 2010-2011 many more girls are receiving scholarships from P4K. Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Sewing Program for Girls

In 2009, Pencils for Kids (P4K) started the Cooper's Clothing Chance for Girls Sewing program in Liboré to teach sewing skills to girls who are no longer in school. Now the girls are making baby clothes, unforms and sheets and selling them to the community. It has been a great success thanks to generous donations from the Cooper family, Eliminate Poverty Now and the Spirituelle Divas. Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Soccer

Pencils for Kids started a soccer program in Liboré, Niger in 2008, with donations of soccer balls from Project Play Africa and from Avanti in Canada. A nine year old girl, Bayley, donated P4K Tshirts. There is now an annual P4K Soccer Tournament, and soccer is played every day of the year. Pencils for Kids (P4K) is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - Library

Pencils for Kids (P4K) built the first ever library in Liboré, Niger in 2008. It houses many books and laptops and is a meeting place for students in the surrounding villages. Pencils for Kids is a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - First P4K School Opening 2007

In November 2007, Pencils for Kids (P4K) opened its first school in Oulmantama Village, in the community of Liboré, Niger. Since that time, over 100 students have attended this primary school receiving an education for the first time. Pencils for Kids is a registered charitable grassroots organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. We are currently working in the community of Liboré in Niger. www.pencilsforkids.com

Pencils for Kids - The Story of How We Began

In December 2005 a few of us heard that 30 children were sharing one pencil in a community in Niger, West Africa. Our hearts broke and we were moved to take action. This is the story of how Pencils for Kids (P4K) was born, one pencil at a time. P4K is now a registered charitable organization whose vision is to make a difference in the world by providing every child the opportunity for an education. In the years since that day in 2005, P4K has built schools, a library, a sewing centre and has started a Farmers of the Future program and Scholarships for Girls. It is entirely volunteer led with no paid staff. We are currently working in the community of Liboré, in Niger, West Africa. www.pencilsforkids.com

 

Inspirational Story

In August 2009, the first community chapter of Pencils for Kids was founded in Oakville, Ontario.