Where we work

Plain Ink currently works in the following countries


After over 30 years of war, Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an employment rate of 40% and a literacy rate of just 25% (according to data by UNDP), among the lowest in the world.

Afghanistan is also a country where 68% of its population is below 25 years of age, and where creating educational and employment opportunities becomes paramount to secure peace and stability.


Despite being an emerging economy, India is home to the largest illiterate population in the world (over 400 million people, according to UNESCO), with a widening gap in male and female literacy rates.

Low literacy levels are closely linked to poverty, according to the Human Development Index; this is why basic literacy initiatives – along with public health and food security programs – are fundamental to spark local development.


In Italy 5 million people – 10% of the population – is of foreign origins, of which 1 million are children (ISTAT data). These are joined by thousands of people leaving their countries in the hopes of escaping war, human rights violations and poverty.

Despite this, practical tools developed to promote respect, integration and multicultural dialogue and understanding are scant, expensive and not readily available.

Our impact



Comics on public health and participation locally produced and distributed to children living in the slums and rural villages of Uttar Pradesh, India.


Books on intercultural understanding distributed in Italy.


Workshops and public readings on intercultural dialogue, respect and social inclusion offered across Italy.


Teachers trained to leverage storytelling to support literacy activities in the classroom in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Young people trained in areas such as entrepreneurship, social innovation and communication in Italy.


Children directly involved in our activities in Afghanistan, India and Italy.