A Message from Our Founder, Chris de Eyre
When I think back to my first trip to Nepal - the one triggered the idea of The Mighty Pen - the image of a young boy selling T-shirts to tourists in Kathmandu stands out in my mind.
I can't remember his name, but I'd bet you that he remembers mine - not because of anything I did, but because he remembers every name and every face of every person he has ever met. Watching him in action was quite a show, as he called out the names of tourists passing by, asking them in perfect English if they were ready to buy that shirt they had looked at a few days earlier...
This boy was so friendly and eager to chat with anyone that I couldn't resist asking him a few questions about his life and what he'd like to do with it. His answer was a surprise to me at the time: he needed to sell shirts to help support his family. This is what he would be doing for the rest of his life. School was just not an option, nor would it be for his own sons and daughters.
So here you had a sincere, brilliant, hard-working and well-intentioned young boy who would spend his entire life selling T-shirts to tourists. Had he been born somewhere else in the world, there is no telling what he would have been capable of achieving. I was struck hard by the thought of how many youth in this world never get the opportunity to choose their own path in life.
The Mighty Pen was founded with these youth in mind. Less than a year after my trip, I assembled a team of volunteers and together we began building an organization with the goal of providing opportunities to underprivileged youth. We chose to focus on education and literacy, because there is no better or more sustainable tool to create opportunities for future generations.
Today, tens of thousands of youths across Nepal have participated in our Mighty Pen writing competition, and are inspired to read and write in their native language. Countless others benefit from the children's books that have begun filling the shelves of Nepalese libraries as a result of the publication and distribution of the winning story entries.
Thank you for visiting our website, and I hope that you will be inspired by these incredible kids in the same way that I continue to be every day!
Chris de Eyre
Founder, The Mighty Pen