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uring the summer of 2009, we traveled via a study abroad program to Ghana, West Africa, with the goal of contributing a tangible and positive effort to the communities and cultures visited. We carried out this goal by visiting a school and an orphanage where we donated school supplies. Children drop out of school everyday because they don’t have pencils. Upon returning from Ghana in 2009, we started The Pencil Project and the Pencils4Ghana Initiative. During the summer 2010 trip to Ghana, we donated 30,000+ pencils to 7 schools in Ghana. In addition, we returned in November of 2010 to donate 20,000 pencils and in July of 2011 to donate 22,000 more pencils. Our goal is to continue providing children with much needed academic support.

Randryia Houston

Randryia L. Houston is a founder and current chief executive officer of The Pencil Project, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that seeks to alleviate educational disparities in Ghana, West Africa, by providing schoolchildren with the educational tools and resources they need to succeed. During her tenure, The Pencil Project has donated over 80,000 pencils to primary and secondary school students across Ghana. She has continued to provide a leading voice and demonstrate a profound concern for community service endeavors in the State of Texas.

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Hannah McConn

Hannah L. McConn is a founder and current chief executive officer of The Pencil Project, a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization that seeks to alleviate educational disparities in Ghana, West Africa, by providing schoolchildren with the educational tools and resources they need to succeed. To date, The Pencil Project has provided school supplies to more than 800 primary and secondary school students across Ghana. Located in the State of Texas, Ms. McConn has proven to be among the state’s foremost young professionals working in the areas of policy analysis, legal theory, and public service.

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