A brighter future, created for, and by, children.

Education is key to ending poverty and every child deserves equal access to learning. World Villages for Children supports the Sisters of Mary to run live-in schools providing care and a quality education for the most deprived boys and girls across the world.

Children's stories

Mercedes’ story

Mercedes met the Sisters of Mary during a difficult period in her life. Her step father had been jailed for beating her and her mother and Mercedes was caring for her four young siblings. Her mother struggles to support them all and they rely on the kindness of neighbours for food. Mercedes found hope when the Sisters brought her to Kisarawe Girls School near Dar es Salaam, giving her the chance of a quality education to help her and her family out of poverty.

Now Mercedes dreams of becoming a doctor to help people like her mother, who cannot afford medical treatment. She says, “the way I imagine my life after graduating, is that I will be a successful person because here I am having a good training. I also imagine using different talents that I have in order to reach my dreams and goals in my life.”

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2021 in numbers

356 million

Children across the globe live in extreme poverty

These children are deprived of the basics for survival like food, shelter and healthcare


New children welcomed into a life-saving place at school in 2021

Children from some of poorest countries worldwide now live and learn in our schools


Children in our schools worldwide in 2021

These children have shelter, care and learn the vital skills needed to secure employment

Irenea Philippines

“I’m so grateful for all that I’ve learned in this school. May many many more poor children and their families be helped by World Villages for Children and the Sisters of Mary.”

Luis Guatemala

“Honestly, without the excellent education provided for me by World Villages for Children, I would not be where I am now with my job and my ability to help my family live a better life.”

Arturo Mexico

“I shall never have enough words to thank the people who make possible the mission of the Sisters of Mary, as I am the living proof of how their donation can transform lives”

Dora Guatemala

“It is such great joy to know about you dear donors. I don’t want to miss the chance to thank you for all you have done for me and you keep doing for every girl in need.”

Eva Honduras

“I thank the benefactors for their generosity. Like them, I will also be a source of joy to others when I graduate”

David Zona 6, Guatemala

“I owe my success to the Sisters of Mary, they're a great part of my life & I know that without them I wouldn’t be where I am now and I wouldn’t be able to help my family and get them out of poverty.”

Children’s stories