World Villages for Children upholds the principles of the UN's sustainable development goals to end poverty. We fight childhood poverty by funding education for the poorest children around the world at school places in the Sisters of Mary education programmes. Our supporters help us provide places for the most deprived children transforming the lives of these children, their families and communities. Freed from a life of neglect & menial labour, with the vital chance of an education, the most vulnerable children are able to learn skills, find employment, grow into self sufficient adults and live productive lives.
We celebrate the UN International Day of Education on 24th January 2020 and share our mission with all those who value education as the catalyst for international development. Each year thanks to donor support for our work, 20,000 poor children receive the chance of an education at the Sisters of Mary programmes in the Philippines, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Tanzania. So far over 150,000 children have completed their studies and have had the chance to fulfil their potential, support their families and spread the poverty relief impact through generations of their communities.
“Education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future. But about 265 million children and adolescents around the world do not have the opportunity to enter or complete school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school. Their right to education is being violated and it is unacceptable.
Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.” - United Nations
Please help us to continue our work with the poorest children in the world.