Meet Sophia, Owen and Marshall: the high school rockstars who have raised $60k+ for education.

If Sophia, Owen and Marshall are any indication of the future generation, then we’re in good hands. They’re a group of friends from California who came together with a collective goal: raise $50,000 for Pencils of Promise to build a school and support education programs that increase educational opportunities for children in Ghana. We thought it sounded ambitious, too. But only 2 years later, Sophia, Owen and Marshall have raised over $60,000 and proven themselves as some of our most dedicated supporters.

In 2015, Sophia, Owen and Marshall began fundraising for PoP as a group of ambitious seventh graders. By July 2016, they had already reached their fundraising goal to build a school in Ghana, which was completed in the community of Likpe Nkwanta.

Previously, the students of Likpe Nkwanta were attending school in an unsafe learning environment that lacked formal windows, doors and walls. With Sophia, Owen, and Marshall’s support, PoP was able to partner with the community to build a new six-classroom school.

The three high school students shared with us their view on education and why it is so important to them. “Education is a way to learn a wide variety of topics, and most of all, a mechanism for growth as students and as people. It means so much to us. It allows us to be able to communicate with others and explore the world around us. We also can gain skills to use in life through education.”

Recognizing the transformative impact of education, Sophia, Owen and Marshall continue to set ambitious fundraising goals to support Pencils of Promise’s WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) and Teacher Support programs.

We consider ourselves lucky to have incredible supporters like Sophia, Owen and Marshall, who are working for the greater good of the world. Even at a young age, the three friends are finding creative ways to engage their community — through lemonade sales and sporting activities, they’re encouraging others to support Pencils of Promise.

If you’re as moved as we are by this story, check out their fundraising page here and continue supporting their efforts to provide students across the globe with access to quality education.


Our PoP family is always growing. We’d love for you to join us.

Visit Sophia, Owen and Marshall’s campaign page: https://fundraise.pencilsofpromise.org/fundraise?fcid=483951