One Penny. A world of change.

The very first Pennies for Peace® donation came from a group of elementary school students in Wisconsin. They collected pennies, sent them to Central Asia Institute, and Pennies for Peace was born! Pennies for Peace is a wonderful Service-Learning program because almost everyone can collect pennies!

Participants collect pennies while learning important lessons about cultural understanding, experiencing the rewards of sharing and working together to bring hope and educational opportunities to children in Central Asia.

A penny in the United States may have little worth, but in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan just a few pennies can buy a pencil and open the door to literacy.

We offer a Free TOOLKIT with resources to support your Pennies for Peace project, and a standard-aligned K-12 CURRICULUM for educators. Students, our future leaders, learn how to become PHILANTHROPISTS and ACTIVISTS in the creation of GLOBAL PEACE.

Pennies for Peace is a meaningful way for children, teachers, religious groups, and businesses looking for an engagement program to have an immediate impact in a region of the world where education can mean hope, possibilities, and peace.

Together we can cultivate peace, nurture hope, and change the world—one child at a time.

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Our Projects

Get information about the number of women’s vocational centers and schools CAI has provided funds to build support; learn about the public health and scholarship programs we have created; and find out how many scholarships we have awarded.

View details of our projects on Central Asia Institute’s website.