Journey of a Pen

The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt

Dalia Younis
The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Galal Elmisarry
24 June 2021

While she was holding different coloring pens, this girl from Tender Care community school said: "“I want to become an artist when I grow up, now I have the tools.”

UNICEF has been supporting refugee children over the past years to ensure access to quality education in Egypt. While UNICEF works on mainstreaming refugees into public schools, UNICEF also supports the refugee community schools, particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the great support of Newell, UNICEF was able to support the learning of these vulnerable children in the community schools with stationary supplies to get 15,827 refugee children ready for the new school semester. 

In this photo essay, we track the journey of part of these supplies from the warehouse to the hands of children.

The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Galal Elmisarry
Packages were safely kept in the warehouses of Catholic Relief Service (CRS), UNICEF’s implementing partner, until the school reopening date was announced.
The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Galal Elmisarry
Once school were reopened, Newel packages were safely delivered to 101 refugee community schools in Egypt, which are attended by approximately 15,827 refugee children.
The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Galal Elmisarry
These refugee community schools are self-funded and depend on registration fees paid by parents. Because of the school closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most community schools are currently struggling financially and may not be able to provide all the necessary learning materials for children to ensure quality education.
The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Galal Elmisarry
These supplies will help students to engage in creative activities such as artwork and express their feelings as a way of coping with negative emotions and stress, which are on the rise during these difficult times.
The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Galal Elmisarry
Billiam seems to be really happy with what he received today at school. Now he can create more colorful paintings thanks to the many different coloring pens he got from Newell.
The journey of Newell pens from warehouses to the hands of refugee children in Egypt
UNICEF/Egypt 2021/Galal Elmisarry
And finally, Newell pens are in the hands of Josephine and her colleagues at Tender Care community school in Cairo.