Ishaan Patel of West Hartford, Connecticut, USA is 13. What sets this average teenager apart from the crowd is the fact he is the founder of an initiative called “Planting Pencils”. A Foundation striving to make education accessible to children across the world by crowdsourcing everything from money to old computers.
With his inspiration in place, what goaded the 8th grader further was his aunt’s experiences abroad. Ishaan said,
“When my aunt Hema Shah went to India and Costa Rice to volunteer at schools that literally had nothing, she came back with stories about kids there. She would show us pictures and tell us how hungry they were for education even though they were not well off. Her accounts inspired me to take a closer look at education around the world.”
With the help of his mother who constantly guided him, “Planting Pencils” has so far raised $5,500, made four donations, including one each to schools in Tanzania and Ghana, and set up four permanent donation sites, with plans for a donation to a school in Jaipur in India in the pipeline.
Ishaan has become one of the youngest CEOs in the world and a celebrity in his school. He has been invited to visit the schools which have been the beneficiaries of “Planting Pencils” and plans to visit schools India and Africa the next year.
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