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.

What we do

Give During Lent

In her reflection for Lent this year, Sister Elena speaks about how you can support our programmes and the children and Sisters during the Lent season. In her message, Sister Elena shares the three things that the Sisters observe during Lent: Prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving.

This is a particularly important moment to give. At Easter, we prepare to give every child in our programmes an Easter basket which includes vitamin supplements, clothing, and school supplies to support them in their health and education journey.

A gift at Easter is a moment of hope for every child, especially our new students. It brings the hope of a proper childhood, full of care and support, with enough to eat and an education to empower them for a better life.

Help give a child hope this Lent.

Donate for Lent

Sponsor a Family

Connect with the children in our programmes and Sponsor their education and care.

You can make all the difference to a group of children in our schools by making a regular gift to help them through their education journey. By signing up to Sponsor a Family you can provide lifesaving care and education for children in a family group.

Your gifts will help provide vital support for the costs of keeping each child fed, clothed, and educated and help us welcome new children into our care.

However you choose to help, by joining Sponsor a Family, you can make a lasting difference for the poorest children in the world.

Children's stories

Sandy and Johselin's story

Sandy and Johselin are twins from Alta Verapaz in Guatemala. We met these youngsters in December when the Sisters of Mary reached their remote community with the kind support of a local hydro electric company who flew them by helicopter to the inaccessible, mountainous region.

The twins live with their family in a basic wooden dwelling and share a bed at night to keep warm. The family feed themselves by growing small crops of beans and corn, and foraging in the mountains for vegetables.

Most girls in the village have already left school to work or marry, and Sandy and Johselin faced a similar fate until they met the Sisters. In January, they arrived at school in Zona 13 Guatemala. They are finally happy and free of the stress of poverty and the constant pain of hunger.

Read Sandy and Johselin's story

Donation Impact Calculator

Your donations help us to provide education for the world’s poorest children. They help us to fund school places and the everyday care needed for boys and girls who are without hope. See the difference your monthly or single gift can make to the lives of the children in our care:

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2023 in numbers

333 million

Children across the globe live in extreme poverty

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

5,152

New children welcomed into a life-saving place at school in 2023

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

19,980

Children in our schools worldwide in 2023

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