Pencils For Hope e.V.
A non profit organization to helping children in Tanzania


It all started when Barbara and Fabio took their first journey to Africa in 2013. Immediately fascinated and excited by the continent, the impressionable nature and warmth received by its people, they recognised the responsibilities we all carry for those who live in poverty and so desperately require our help. They have therefore decided during their second journey in 2014 to Tanzania to visit two villages to drop off urgently needed goods. Informed about the most needed items by consulting Pack For A Purpose  they enlisted their families’ help and collected a total of 50 kg of school items and medical supplies which they personally delivered to Katumbi.

It became clear very quickly that more was needed to provide a sustainable support and impact. Inspired by their enthusiasm and recount of stories and pictures, six of their friends decided to get stuck in and assist with the project. Finally in July 2015, our charity Pencils for Hope was founded!

What sets us ahead of other such organisations? One of our main objectives is transparency. Through our direct contact with our local partner Nomad Trust we are able to donate effectively. This also allows all our supporters to choose for themselves what their donation should be invested in. In addition, we continue to document the successful delivery of your donations with reports and pictures received from Tanzania. Our work is delivered on a voluntary basis and we guarantee that all your donations are invested 100 %.

The Team

Barbara Coccia

Chairwoman and Marketing

“After we have visited the primary school in Katumbi for the first time I felt the responsibility to help these children towards a better life. That is the purpose of Pencils For Hope. I am very happy to see how far our support goes in Katumbi, with the first projects we realized we already see a positive result. And with the improved learning environment more children are attending school. In 2015 there were 800 pupils, today we already count 1200. There is still a lot of work ahead of us, but with the generous support coming from all over the world we really can make a difference in this little village on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.”

Fabio Coccia

Chairman and Head of Administration

“Being an ambassador for Pencils For Hope and gaining the support of many other people truly inspires me. These amazing children are full of hope and curiosity. To attend school means everything to them! I would like to assume the responsibility to help them to a better future.“


Ina Boehlkau

Event organization

“Children in Tanzania are mostly born into a chanceless world and I would like to give them the opportunity to influence their own destiny. I am convinced that health care and education are essential requirements to improve the children’s situation. For this reason, I am supporting Pencils For Hope with a lot of enthusiasm and energy.”


Kai Boehlkau


“Get out of anonymity, move something instead of just talking about it. That’s why I’m a founding member of Pencils For Hope.”


Marco Coccia


Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, said: one child, one teacher, one book & one pen can change the world. Taken for granted for most of us, education is a privilege to many children. I want to change this.”


Marija und Josip Soldo


“Which medical treatment do we claim for our children? Which kindergarten and school provides the best education? Which is the best diet for my child? In Germany, we are privileged to think about these questions…. Where do I get food and pure drinking water for my children? How can I afford a school uniform? Hopefully nobody gets sick, I don’t have the money for medical treatment… These are questions parents in Tanzania are confronted with. We recognized the importance of thinking ahead and taking over responsibility for children in Tanzania.  Small actions speak louder than big words. What do you think?”

Jürgen Klingler

Administration and IT

“Driven by the emotional moment of meeting young Poloko, who has been raised in an orphanage in South Africa and had an uncertain future, I started to change my life. I was also adopted and had the chance to grow up in the best surrounding with all opportunities for a bright future… Pencils For Hope offers me the chance to give something back: 100% to where it is most needed.”

Ufuk Tatar

Fundraising and Administration

“It feels good to help the children in Katumbi. 100% of all donations are invested to improve the situation of the village’s residents and pupils. This is one important reason that convinced me to become part of Pencils For Hope.”

Julia Nietzer


Did you ever wonder what would have happened if we didn’t had the chance to attend school? The consequences would have been serious. We are priviledged to have access to education, even if sometimes we are not aware of that and take it for granted. Many children in Tanzania don’t have this opportunity. With Pencils For Hope, we would like to enable the children to attend school… will you join in?

Lena Engel


Education enables a good and self-fulfilled life. I would like to offer the children in West Tanzania this opportunity for a positive future. That’s the reason why I am part of Pencils for Hope. It is a pleasure to collect donations and together with friends organize help that reaches directly 100%.

Kurt Engel


When I was in Tanzania in 2014, I didn’t expect that my colleague Fabio had this idea about Pencils for Hope some weeks later. Since then, I am thrilled to be a member. With Pencils for Hope we create the opportunity to help honestly and directly the people in need. Therefore, I join in proudly.