For innocent children living in poverty, Christmas is just another day.

Living with nothing and with no hope for the future, the joy of Christmas passes these children by. Donor support for World Villages for Children offers new hope for these children by funding places at the Sisters of Mary schools.

Here they receive warmth, care and an education to eventually help them find employment and transform their lives and they get the chance to enjoy a proper childhood with a festive treat at Christmas.

Children like Diana who comes from the slums of Mexico. Abandoned by her father to the care of distant relatives. There was little money for food or education, her daily concern was survival and her young life was spent in constant fear. Until earlier this year when we were able to offer Diana a place at the Sisters of Mary school in Chalco, Mexico. 

Safe in the care of the Sisters, she now has three meals a day and is learning vocational skills to help her find employment. Thriving in her studies, she is growing in confidence and so excited for her first Christmas!

The Sisters of Mary care for over 20,000 children in their schools around the world and at Christmas time that means they need to wrap 20,000 christmas gifts! It takes months of planning to ensure every single child has a present under the tree, tagged with their name and personalised to them. It costs about £12 to create a special Christmas package for each child, to bring them the joy that so many take for granted and to show them the love and compassion they deserve.

With  your extra support this Christmas, all these children can experience a little of the festive joy that so many take for granted. Will you help us give these children something special to look forward to on Christmas Day?

To support our Christmas appeal please visit our donation page, call us on 0207 629 3050 or write to us at World Villages for Children, Sackville House, 40 Piccadilly, London W1J 0DR