Our History

About The Pencil Tree

The Pencil Tree started when a few friends from Australia were visiting India and discovered that many children were going to school without a pencil to write with.

From distributing a few pencils to building a whole school.

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Meet The Pencil Tree Team

Stevie Bellamy - Founder of The Pencil Tree

Stevie Bellamy

Founder of The Pencil Tree

Has retired from a career in the construction industry, where he ran his own business and also managed a large company in Brisbane.

After many years of travelling in India and Nepal and being involved in numerous projects to help the local people, it was a natural progression to form an organization to assist the children of the Himalayas with education based programmes.  Stevie oversees the day to day running of the Pencil Tree activities.

Tim O ' Hara

Treasurer & Public Officer

Tim has 25 years experience in managing small businesses, including 12 years as a practice manager of financial services firms.

He linked up with Stevie in 2015 to formalize the set-up of The Pencil Tree, and as Public Officer, is responsible for the compliance of the Association.

Tim believes that education is the most effective way to lift the under privileged out of poverty.

Jon Stephenson

Pencil Tree Secretary

Jon is a GP in Kingscliff, New South Wales and has worked as a medical missionary in Bihar (India) for 12 months with multiple return visits over the years.

Like Tim, he feels that education is the best preventative medicine for optimal care of the poor.

Corinne Badet

Pencil Tree – Switzerland

I fell in love with Mother India in 1998. During 9 months there I spent 40 days with the kids at a Mother Theresa’s orphanage in Calcutta. It certainly gave me new insights about our world. I never thought I would go back to India.

Years later, meeting Stevie, I fell in love with The Pencil Tree and feel very honoured to be part of this awesome organization and to see the kids around Dharamsala go through changes for a better life. It fills me with great joy.

Surinder Kushal - India

Surinder Kushal

Pencil Tree – India

Surinder is a local of the Dharamsala area and has a great deal of knowledge and many contacts. He now runs Kailwood Guest House in McLeod Ganj and oversees many of our projects in Northern India

Yvonne Kwee

Events Coordinator

Yvonne was born in Singapore and trained as a doctor specialising in wellness and preventative medicine.

She is a strong believer in the importance of literacy and education.

Tendill Sangmo

Schools Coordinator

Hi, I am Tendill Sangmo, I run a small Bakery in McLeod Ganj, India.

Being part of The Pencil Tree, it’s like my dream come true. I grew up in a family where when girl born, no-one feels happy.

I don’t get the opportunity for study much and for that I struggled a lot. That is why I want to support education.

Dave Dowe


David is passionate about helping transform the lives of others through education and literacy, especially in developing areas of the world.

At work he is a skilled learning & development professional working with leaders and teams to improve their personal, team and business effectiveness. When not at work, Dave loves being outdoors with his family & friends, walking, cycling, kayaking and exploring the natural world.

Angela Pelc

Grants and Communications

Born and raised in the Hunter Valley before moving to the big smoke (Sydney) to start teaching in 1994 and doing mostly that ever since.

Now working as Head Teacher of Human Society & I T Environment faculty at Southern Cross School of Distance Education. I am an avid traveller, am developing my yoga practice and love the sea and coffee too.

Mara-Jane Angele Anderson


Jane was born in Huntingdon, south of England and grew up and was educated in Wales. She worked as a teacher for 22 years in the U K.

Gordon Walker

I.T Support

Gordon has over 30 years experience in many aspects of IT along with a passion in the arena of Photography & Videography.

He has also worked as a counsellor for children, including developing and running various programs to help children be all that they can be… After all, they could well become the next generation of movers and shakers (Leaders and Influencers) locally, nationally or internationally and it all begins with a great education…