Shawn Mendes Shatters His Fundraising Goal to Build a School in Ghana

Shawn Mendes smiling. (Photo: Getty)

A few weeks ago, Shawn Mendes started his #BuildASchoolWithShawn campaign to raise money for a new school in Shia, Ghana – and he did better than he thought.

He partnered with Pencils of Promise, a for-purpose organization with the goal of increasing educational opportunities in developing countries.

Shawn Mendes.
Shawn Mendes playing his guitar. (Photo: Getty)

Shawn has been having a fantastic year so far. He got a Billboard #1, Teen Choice Awards, MTV European Music Awards, the Allan Slaight Honour, and a shout-out in Time Magazine.

Ghana school.
A school. (Photo: Pencils of Promise)

In order to raise the money, he sold limited-edition apparel, and set a goal of $25,000. “I know we can do it!” he wrote. He gave a two-week time limit.

Shawn Mendes' merch.
Shawn sold limited-edition items for charity.

Additionally, one lucky fan would also be winning 4 VIP tickets for his 2016 tour, as well as 4 meet and greet passes.

Shawn Hits His Target Ahead of Schedule, Overshoots His Goal

Although he initially set the fundraiser for two weeks, the $25,000 target was actually hit in one week.


After the two weeks ended, he exceeded his goal by 164%.

Shawn overshot his goal.
Shawn overshot his goal.

Pencils of Promise congratulated Shawn, “You are changing so many lives! Thank you for making a difference!”


Shawn thanked fans in a statement. “It means the world to me! Such an amazing cause.”

Congratulations! His campaign might be over, but you can still donate to Pencils of Promise right here.

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