NEW YORK – (December 16, 2008) /PRNewswire/— Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF) today announced that “Access Hollywood” producer Michael Lewittes, will be visiting local schools in Tanzania after his seven-day charity trek on Mt. Kilimanjaro. He will distribute more than 1,000 pens and pencils to eager students, thanks to the generosity of the organization, Right-To-Write and the assistance of KEF.
Right-to-Write recently learned about Lewittes’ upcoming KEF charity climb and has provided him with seven large Ziploc bags, each containing approximately 170 pens and pencils.
“It’s hard for a lot of us to imagine that in many parts of the world like Tanzania, there are families that either can’t afford, or don’t prioritize basic learning tools like pens and pencils for their children’s education.” said Kim Oppenheimer, founder of Right-to-Write. “Michael and KEF can help us by delivering these supplies, which will have a tremendous impact on the knowledge and creativity of over a thousand children in the next school year. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to work with them.”
“Right-To-Write works with many charitable organizations, allowing pens and pencils to reach many remote sites,” said Todd Grossman, founder of KEF. “We feel very privileged to be part of their program and plan to continue to help in their efforts with our future charity climbs.”
“I’m honored not only to raise money for the schools around Kilimanjaro, but also to be able to personally hand students these much needed supplies,” said Michael Lewittes.
Those who wish to learn more on how to donate pens or pencils or plan to go overseas and want to hand deliver children supplies can visit www.Right-to-Write.org. Michael Lewittes is also accepting donations for his cause via www.kef4kids.org.
Right-to-Write is a unique and simple program designed to collect spare pens and pencils, and then distribute them to children in developing countries. Donated pencils and pens are then delivered to schools, orphanages, and hospitals by organizations and individuals, who personally hand out these supplies. Through this effort, Right-to-Write is able to facilitate better education for kids who have very limited resources; make use of supplies that would otherwise sit unused in people’s homes and offices; promote positive global alliances and friendships via direct contact between traveler-volunteers and children in disadvantaged communities; ensure that these donations reach the children in countries prone to corruption and theft.
Kilimanjaro Education Foundation (KEF), founded in 2006, is incorporated in New York State and organized as a 501(c)(3). Recently KEF was featured on the Today show’s “Ends Of The Earth Series.” KEF strives to improve education and to build school facilities for underprivileged children in Tanzania and other countries bordering Kilimanjaro. KEF’s volunteers and directors share in and impart not only the Foundation’s passion for children and education, but also in KEF’s core values of honesty, integrity, creativity and imagination.
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