Dropping a pencil at the John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dropping a pencil at the John Lennon Wall in Prague, Czech Republic.

While traveling in Nepal and India, I was often approached by kids asking for pens and pencils—unfortunately, I had none to give. After returning home, I had 1,000 pencils made to bring with me on future travels. They read: "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis" which is latin for "Life is Short, the Art Long." To date, I've dropped pencils in Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Singapore, (South) Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. 

"Pencil Dropping Around the Globe" is a Staff Pick at GOOD.IS

Here are some groups working on this issue:
Pencils of Promise
Books for Africa
Pratham