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Donating Pens and Pencils

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Donating Pens and Pencils

I visited Kenya last year and brought pens, pencils and paper with me to give to the Maasai. However when we stopped at a roadside souvenir shop on our way back to Nairobi, I was touched by the clerk who, when negotiating the price of an item, included my pen. He used it as a bargaining chip to arise at a mutually agreed upon price. I wish I now knew the names of the shop and the clerk so I could send more supplies. Does anyone know of an organization for which I could send donated pens and pencils?

Thank you for your help...

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1. Re: Donating Pens and Pencils

Anything you send to Kenya will be subject to duty. This can be 80% of the value of the goods in Kenya. If you send pens and pencils you will also need to send money to pay the duty. Pens and pencils are available in Kenya. Much better to support local trade and send money, so that they can be bought in-country.

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I agree about buy locally. We normally travel more independently but this time we are on a safari. We do have many pen, pencils and notebooks we were hoping to leave/give away while on the safari. Should we bring those items or simply forget about it this time. By request, will we have time to visit local schools and see/meet school kids. Thanks.

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