Small steps - Education for single mothers

Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers
Small steps - Education for single mothers


There is great news from the Pasos Pequeñitos project! On September 16, the newly remodeled daycare center was officially inaugurated. The daycare center is located in the center of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, in a residential neighborhood called "Altamira". The newly renovated building is equipped with everything necessary to provide excellent care for the children who will benefit from this project.

The project also has a new director. With her, the concept has also been revised, so that now the Montessori method is used, which is based on learning through experience. In the remaining three months of 2021, the care of nine children (four girls and five boys), is planned. All of these children are children of single mothers. 

In addition, workshops for mothers on women's empowerment, confident communication in parenting, and health and personal hygiene will be held later this year. Thanks to your donations, the renovation could be realized and the operation could be maintained. In order to fill all 20 spaces in 2022, we need your continued support!

10 years PPP

There was also a good reason to celebrate this summer! Pen Paper Peace e.V. celebrated its 10th anniversary and we put on a great online festival. There were concerts, workshops and networking. Among other things, we gave a stage to the winners of the international writing competition that we launched together with the Eckenroth Foundation. The winners, aged 10 to 14, presented their texts on the topic of "borders" and "friendship" and moved us all deeply. The event was a great success and we were able to draw attention to our educational projects. 

We would also like to invite you to register for our newsletter. In this way, you will receive regular updates on the situation in Honduras. Just go to and enter your name and e-mail address in the upper right corner. 

So once again a thousand thanks!

Best regards from Berlin,


Jana and the PEN PAPER PEACE team

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We at PEN PAPER PEACE e.V. have been full of activities and ideas in the first half of the year! A lot has happened in our project Pasos Pequeñitos (Spanish for “small steps”):

Reopening in July 

After more than a year of closure due to the Corona pandemic, the time has finally come: 

We are happy to announce that the Pasos Pequeñitos daycare center, which we support with your help, will reopen in July.

The daycare center has found new rooms and is currently being renovated and remodeled. Thanks to your donations it is possible to create a child-friendly place for the children to learn and play. Thus, the single mothers can put their little loved ones in care in a stimulating and positive environment while dedicating themselves to study for a better future for themselves and their children. 

All the news from "Pasos Pequeñitos" was shared at our project presentation on International Women's Day. If you did not attend the presentation, you can find the highlights of the presentation in this video: 

New pedagogical concept in the kindergarten

There is even more news: Pasos Pequeñitos will not only reopen in a new location, but also with a new concept. In the future, the kindergarten will be pedagogically oriented according to the Montessori concept. The Montessori concept is strongly based on the self-determined learning of the children. Thanks to your donations we support the kindergarten to get all the necessary wooden toys. 

 We are very happy about the developments and look forward to the reopening of the daycare center! 

The international writing competition started

Together with the Eckenroth Foundation, we are inviting children and young people to take part in our international writing competition in 2021. With our topics, we want to inspire young people to look beyond their "borders". Children and young people from Germany, Italy, Haiti, Honduras and Namibia can take part. Last year, a German-Haitian writing competition was already held in cooperation with the Eckenroth Foundation under the theme "My dream for the future". Unfortunately, due to Corona, the competition in Haiti had to be cancelled. In Germany, however, it was a huge success. Now we are looking forward to all the texts that students will write this year. The deadline for this year's competition is June 30. You can find all further information and conditions of participation here:

Without your contribution the support for these projects would not be possible! Thank you for being a part of PEN PAPER PEACE!Thank you for supporting our project! 

All the best, 



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For the occasion of the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, we would like to warmly invite you to our online project presentation of the Pasos Pequeñitos project. 

PEN PAPER PEACE has been supporting the daycare center Pasos Pequeñitos in Honduras since 2019. The project does not only provide a safe and loving environment for young children, but also supports their young single mothers in training with stipends. This way they can finish their education and break the cycle of poverty – towards better future prospects.

On this occasion, we are pleased to welcome both the founder of the project, Vera Dinckelacker, and the local nph project coordinator, Lauren Pach.


When and how: 

  • March 8, 2021 (International Women’s Day)
  • 8:30 p.m. (Berlin time)
  • online


  • How it all began – our partnership with Pasos Pequeñitos 
  • The future of Pasos Pequeñitos - Update from Honduras 
  • How you can support women projects like Pasos Pequeñitos
  • Q & A

The project presentation will be held in English.

Please feel free to share this email with interested people, and if you are curious, sign up to be part of the presetation by emailing to receive the link. There are only 100 participant spots available.


We are looking forward to seeing you at the presentation!


Jana and the whole PEN PAPER PEACE team


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A turbulent time lies behind us all. For us at PEN PAPER PEACE e.V., the time has once again shown how important it is to stand up for the rights of children and young people. How important it is to take their right for education seriously and to demand it insistently, in Europe and worldwide.


Good news from our day care center 

We received a message full of hope: the reopening of Pasos Pequeñtos is planned for the near future! We keep our fingers crossed that these plans can be realized and are happy that the little families now have a perspective of returning to some normality. As it looks now, the daycare center will open in a new location. 

Nevertheless we continue to be concerned about our daycare center for single mothers in training in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Due to Corona, the daycare center has been closed for a long time and long-term funding is beginning to shake. However, the mothers are unable to pursue their education and earn money due to the generally poor economic situation. A completed education for the women is essential to secure the future of their little family.


 Join our Project Presentation on the 8th of March 

 On March 8, we will be hosting a digital project presentation at 8.30 p.m. (Berlin-Paris time). This way, you can learn more about Pasos Pequenitos, why we are so enthusiastic about it and how you can support the project. Our local partner in Honduras will give a live update on the re-opening of the daycare center. Please join our channels on Facebook and/or Instagram for updates and the invitation link.


 Global citizenship education in Germany

Part of our work is dedicated to global citizenship education. We are constantly working on our range of educational materials. As part of this, we run a digital learning platform where students and teachers have free access to our digital learning materials. So far, we offer 5 self-learning modules on Haiti's history and present, designed for high school students.

In addition, our "Toolbox for Global Citizens" provides young people with the tools they need for their own social involvement - from brainstorming through planning all the way to their own project!

Now we are also working on elementary school-appropriate digital learning expeditions on in Honduras and Haiti, so stay tuned! You can find our digital learning platform here.

 Without your contribution the support for these projects would not be possible! Thank you for being a part of PEN PAPER PEACE!

Kindest regards,

from all of us at PEN PAPER PEACE 

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The Covid-19 situation is still having a huge impact worldwide, so also on our project in Honduras, where we support a daycare center for single mothers who complete their education.


Covid-19 in Honduras and at Pasos Pequeñitos

Due to the Corona crisis, our day care center for children, “Pasos Pequeñitos”, is still closed and the future is still uncertain. The pandemic has worked as a fire accelerator for hunger and poverty. Sadly, nobody knows when and if it will be able to open up again. So we need all the support we can get to keep this project alive! 


Christmas Calendar

On the bright side, we are very happy to inform you that we were selected again for the Christmas calendar of “24 good deeds” - this time for Honduras! The calendar is a very German tradition, and in this version features 24 charitable projects during the 24 days before Christmas eve. By buying the calendar, you can thus support 24 different social projects - one good deed per day! We are so happy to be a part of it again and to support children in Honduras! Find out more on the website of 24 good deeds:


Active at Pen Paper Peace

During the last months, our volunteer-based organization has grown tremendously. We are now at about fifty active individuals who work together to achieve better education worldwide. We are so glad to have so many people all over the world, with a big diversity of skills, from research over education to translation, from fundraising over organization of events to design!! We are full of ideas for great new projects, as well under Corona circumstances as for the world after Corona, and working on putting them into practice.

We would be really happy if you join our efforts, be it in the form of donations, volunteering or sharing the word about our work. For more information, check out our website:

Thank you for being a part of PEN PAPER PEACE!


Kindest regards,

Nora, Lisa, Luca, Verena, Milena, Felix, Vivi, Verena, Denise, Janine, Peter, Alissa, Malin, Sonja, Janine, Giovanna, Lina, Felicia and Jana from PEN PAPER PEACE e.V.

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Location: Berlin - Germany
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