Blogger Collaborative: Pencils of Promise

I rarely stray from the topic of design & all things home-related. But when I do, it's usually for reasons that resonate within me.
As the daughter of hard-working immigrants turned proud American citizens, I learned this much: an instilled work ethic can make anything possible; never take a land of opportunity for granted; an education and the knowledge that stems from it should be cherished. It's a powerful thing. Once you have it, no one can take knowledge away from you.

But what of the impoverished ones for whom the opportunity of an education doesn't present itself so easily?

Several bloggers are coming together today in a collaborative effort spearheaded by Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita, in order to make a difference for a very deserving charity. Pencils of Promise is a wonderful 501(c)(3) organization based in New York, that partners with local communities and organizations to build schools of early-stage education in developing nations for some of the world’s most impoverished and undereducated children. Sadly, there are more than 75 million children in this terrible situation worldwide.

Last December, the Pencils of Promise team visited a small village in Laos and by July 2009, they had built a new school for the village children who started attending classes on September 1st. This month, Pencils of Promise will be opening their third school and they hope to open the doors to education for more children in 2010.
The goal of this Blogger Collaborative: Build safe, legitimate housing for the children to have access to further their education. The donations collected through our initiative will go towards building new dormitories for a high school in Laos, which happens to be the only secondary school in a large area. This dormitory size will fit about 200 young Laotian girls.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are asking for your help today on behalf of these children. Just think of the enormous impact we could have if each person who reads this post donates just $1.00! We hope that you will find it in your heart to
make a donation to this worthy cause today. (If you would like to stay informed about the difference Pencils of Promise is making, be sure to become a fan on their Facebook page.)

Every little bit helps and together, we can make a difference!

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On behalf of Paloma and the wonderful bloggers working together on this effort,
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for opening your heart to this cause!
(And thank you Paloma, f
or reminding us that other worlds exist beyond the glossy pages of a design magazine and the flickering screens of the blogosphere.)

*Photography by Nick Onken, who has graciously donated his time and work to the organization.


  1. FC, thanks for making me aware of this organization. Although I just don't have the funds to make a donation this month, I will be sure to give as soon as I can.


  2. You are so welcome, LB. Thank you for opening your heart to this cause, we really appreciate it!

  3. DONE! Fantastic cause and thank you for making me aware!!!!

  4. Suz!!!! I heart you. You are THE BEST, girl! Thank you so much for taking part in these efforts.


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