pencils-of-promise-child-photoAdam Braun was on a fast track toward a lucrative corporate career, but it was a backpacking trip as a teenager in India when he met a little boy begging on the streets, that changed his stars.

Adam asked him, “What do you want most in the world?”

The boy’s reply: “A pencil.”

That moment became the spark for Pencils of Promise, an organization founded by Braun that builds schools in some of the world’s poorest countries—Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

Two years later, 21 schools have been built. Thirty will be up and running by the end of 2011.

(READ and WATCH Adam’s story HERE)

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