B is for Adam Braun: Pencils Of Promise

Adam is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise. His original ambition was to have a career in finance and, after doing well at university, he set out on this path.

Pursuing his thirst for adventure, however, he also spent time backpacking around the world. One day he met a young boy begging on the streets.

Adam asked the boy what he wanted most in the world. The boy answered: “A pencil.” This led to Adam starting Pencils of Promise.

Below are excerpts from the organisation’s website. You can learn more about it – and Adam’s on-going work – via the following links.



Our Approach

At Pencils of Promise we focus on building strong structures and sustainable education programs.

By forming long-lasting, collaborative relationships with communities, we increase access to quality education and positively impact students and parents in high-need communities throughout Laos, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

What we build



Below is a link to Adam’s blog. This entry describes the ‘scariest email’ he ever wrote.

It was the one in which he resigned from his career in finance to set up Pencil of Promise.


Here is another video that describes some of the organisation’s work.


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