This 13-year-old is a CEO and crowd-sources supplies to needy schools

By Think Change India|6th Apr 2016
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Just like any other boy, Ishaan Patel works hard to keep impressive grades at school, has a variety of interests and pursues different hobbies. What sets this 13-year-old apart is his organisation which helps children from lesser developed parts of the world to gain better access to education. Ishhan’s organisation Planting Pencils crowd sources school supplies to children in Africa, India and the United States. He is currently one of the youngest CEOs in the world.

Image: Planting Pencils
Image: Planting Pencils

Ishaan’s aunt’s volunteer work and his mother’s guidance set Ishaan on a path that he treads today. Raised to be passionate and generous, Ishaan became sensitized to how children often had to forgo their education in order to support their families. The failing quality of education in many parts of the world urged Ishaan to set up his organization who took leadership courses before starting Planting Pencils.

With the help of his mother, Ishaan managed to raise funds through setting up donation boxes in different places and fund-raising events. As Ishaan resides in America, donations to US schools are directly handed over to respective schools while donations to schools overseas are given to representatives of the schools.

Image: (L) My Record Journal ; (R) Siliconeer
Image: (L) My Record Journal ; (R) Siliconeer

According to India Times, Ishaan hopes to make his peers understand how fortunate they are as compared to underprivileged children living all around the world. He hopes that more donations can be made towards education, so that the world may be a better place to live in.

Image : New Britain Herald
Image : New Britain Herald

The organisation also accepts used computers, books, stationary, laptops and tablets as forms of donation, other than money. Planting Pencils has raised approximately Rs 3.65 lakh and has donated to schools in Tanzania and Ghana. They plan to make a donation to a school in Jaipur soon.

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