Pencils of Promise "It began with a question. A small boy begging on the streets of India. What do you want most in the world? I asked. A pencil." An organization to give every child an education. Nuth, Nith and Tamund - Meet Our 1st Students by Pencils of Promise. In March 2009, Pencils of Promise Founder Adam Braun turned around while resting one day in Pha Theung village, the site of our 1st school. He met three young girls without a school. Soon, they would become our first students.