Pencils of Promise creates schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all.
In Guatemala, Pencils of Promise has built over 170 schools.
We asked Susie Harrison, Head of Strategic Relationships for Pencils of Promise, about her experience working for such a wonderful organization. Here's what she had to say.
What exactly does your role entail?
"I am the Head of Strategic Relationships for Pencils of Promise, an innovative "for-purpose" non-profit organization providing quality education in the developing world. I manage key relationships for the organization, including PoP's Advisory Board and oversee our digital fundraising efforts. I am committed to deepening relationships and building partnerships across the for-profit and non-profit sectors to create impact in the world of social good. I officially came on board full-time over three years ago, but started my journey with PoP back in 2011 when we were first building the vision. Since then, I've had the privilege of witnessing the positive impact PoP has created in communities across Ghana, Laos, Guatemala and Nicaragua."
What does PoP mean to you?
"Pencils of Promise is more than just a job for me, it's helping fulfill a life mission to make a positive impact on children around the world. I'm passionate about our work because I have the pleasure of working with extremely talented individuals, both in our NYC office headquarters as well as our amazing in-country offices in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos. My colleagues and I challenged ourselves every day to use our own unique skill sets to create better access to quality education for children around the world."
What do you love about PoP?
"We are focused on local empowerment. The community is empowered to have true ownership over their new schools and through these collaborative efforts the schools are more sustainable, as the community is involved from start to finish. As the schools that PoP builds are public schools, the teachers working in PoP schools are employed directly by the government and therefore Pencils of Promise is not involved in that process. All of the teachers in PoP schools are from the country they work in, and oftentimes from the specific communities they work in. This is something we really love about PoP. Not only are we giving back to the students, but also we are giving back to the community."
What is a great success story?
"To date, PoP has built over 400 schools, and is actively educating more than 70,000 students this year."
What does it mean to PoP to work with Joriki?
"We are so grateful that Joriki is generously donating [all] of its profits from the Guatemala Leggings to PoP. Working with amazing partners like Joriki to accomplish a common goal is incredibly gratifying, as it not only provides funding but also spreads awareness about PoP's mission."
"We love that people can be reminded that they are helping education in developing countries every time that they wear the Guatemala Legging. Whether they are participating in an exercise class, wearing them to work, or walking outside for everyday use, they can remind themselves and others that they are helping children in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos."
Our distinctive Guatemalan print pops against solid navy side panels to create a slimming silhouette. This richly detailed statement print captures the intricately textured appearance of hand-loomed, vintage Guatemalan textiles for an eye-catching, bohemian look.
Fashion comes full circle with this pant. Looking forward. Giving back.
We hope you love our Guatemala Legging and the cause that it helps!