Guiding Principles

At World Villages for Children, we thrive on basic principles of transparency, impact, and sustainability.

Transparency: As an organisation, we work very hard to use your money in the most efficient way and to focus on those in greatest need. When you donate to World Villages for Children, the money goes to our programmes to maintain support to the children in school and to fund new places for those who need it the most.

To see how your money was spent, please see below.

Impact: The Sisters of Mary programmes break the poverty cycle for children and transform entire communities.  To date, more than 150,000 children have graduated from our programmes and had the opportunity to realize a brighter future. These children have gone on to support their own families with access to better healthcare and education, multiplying the effectiveness of our mission and the impact of your donation many times over. 

Sustainability: The Sisters of Mary programmes provide enduring change in poverty levels for communities, and ultimately within every one of the societies where we operate our programmes today. Our graduates help us to sustain our work with their commitment to 'pay it forward'. They further the mission of the Sisters of Mary by giving a helping hand to the Sisters and assisting with the younger children who've come after them; some return to teach or fulfill other jobs for the schools; a few others even find their vocation. However very many of them lift their entire families out of poverty by paying for their siblings to attend school, gain skills and qualifications and find paid employment.

The result is a lasting change that profoundly and effectively transforms many more lives than those who have experienced our programmes firsthand.


As a donor to World Villages for Children, you support the Sisters of Mary in their work educating and caring for children living in poverty around the world. With your help the Sisters have so far educated over 150,000 children in fourteen schools in six countries. Transforming the lives of these children living in poverty and creating new lives for them free from hunger.

Your regular donations pay for all the costs associated with our programmes in Guatemala, Mexico, Brazil, Honduras and the Philippines including food and school accommodation, equipment, teaching salaries, books and stationery supplies, uniforms, shoes, medical care and all the other ancillary costs involved in caring for 20,000 energetic youngsters each school year.  Your support helps us to improve the health of these children and to provide an academic and vocational education tailored to local industries and businesses. Our children learn practical skills in subjects including electronics, bookkeeping, carpentry, car mechanics, technical drawing, computing and dressmaking/tailoring. They achieve accreditation in these and many other subjects and progress into paid employment with many attaining longterm careers as doctors, dentists, nurses, engineers, accountants and auditors. In turn they are then able to support their own families and communities with access to better healthcare and opportunities for education. To see the detail of the programmes in each country, visit this page.

To see an update of our activities in each country download our latest quarterly newsletter here. 

Financial Accounting

How Your Donation is Spent

To see how your money was spent, our most recent report and accounts can be downloaded here. Or to see a Charity Commission breakdown of our 2016 finances at a glance click here.

Essential Costs

Like most charities, World Villages for Children must incur essential costs if we are to ensure careful, compliant stewardship of donor income and provide a well-managed service in support of our beneficiaries. We reinvest regularly in fundraising to keep funds coming in for our overseas work and we are able to achieve considerable operating efficiencies by maintaining only a very small team of full time staff in the UK (now 4). This keeps essential administration costs low and by utilising the support of a network of dedicated partners we are able to maximise the value of the donations received from our supporters, like you. 

Distinguished Guests at our Girlstown in the Philippines, November 2017

Both the US Ambassador to the Philippines and his counterpart visit our Girlstown in Silang, Cavite


Christmas 2017


Update from our schools in Mexico following the earthquake

Significant material damage, but no injuries in either one of our villages following the September 19th earthquake.