Denik: The Artistic Notebooks that are Funding Schools
Access to a quality education has the potential to transform individuals, families, and countries. In the developing world, every additional year that a person spends in school can lead to a 10% increase in his or her future income. To make this possible, communities need safe schools, qualified teachers, and adequate materials.
An exciting partnership between a designer notebook company and nonprofit organizations is making this a reality - one notebook and one school at a time.
Denik was founded in 2011 by students at Utah State University with the notion that "art can change the world." Denik sources beautiful artwork from artists, prints the designs on notebooks, journals, and sketchbooks, and uses proceeds to support the artists and fund schools. One dollar of every sale goes towards building a school.
Denik's partners - Mali Rising & Pencils of Promise (PoP) - manage the donations.
In 2015, Mali Rising built Denik Middle School in the remote village of Zambougou, Mali. Now, students and families have access to a quality school near home. Denik's notebooks have also funded a second school - this time in Guatemala in partnership with Pencils of Promise. Construction will begin in 2017. PoP will also provide materials, workshops, and ongoing coaching to teachers. The best part? PoP is also starting to track student outcomes to fully assess impact.
Portions of current sales are going towards funding a school in Laos.
I love what Denik is doing. With these purposeful partnerships, art is changing the world through education. A cool notebook for you can add up to a school and a quality education for others.