The multiplier effect of Education

The Difference Your Donation Makes

World Villages for Children has a close relationship with the local communities in each of the countries where it operates. Working in line with the UN policy of Sustainable Development Goals  and the principles of economic development from DFID, the Sisters of Mary programmes focus on the objectives of reducing child poverty, improving health, educational attainment and progress into employment and our work facilitates grass roots change in poverty levels within the local communities.

Case study examples from our graduates demonstrates the impact of your donation when the enhanced employment and earning prospects of our children results directly in their ability to care for their families and improve the circumstances of their siblings and immediate family within the local community. Our children will invest in healthcare and education access for very many of their siblings and sometimes through several generations of those children. The humanitarian impact of your donation is thus multiplied many times over.

In 2017, more than 370 Sisters of Mary cared for more than 20,000 children in villages in six countries:



2017 enrollment

S. Korea


374 boys & girls



460 boys & girls

39 babies

The Philippines


3,311 girls



2,067 boys



3,097 girls



2,091 boys




3,235 girls

116 toddlers


1,980 boys



Zona 13

881 girls


Zona 6

1,146 boys


Zona 21


120 toddlers


Sta Maria

752 girls

87 toddlers

Sao Bernardo

251 Day Boys (Elementary)

155 toddlers



707 girls



  242 Boys



 20,594 boys & girls + 517 toddlers & babies


In the Philippines, Guatemala, South Korea and Brazil, the Sisters of Mary also operate medical clinics and hospitals where they care for sick people and children who are too poor to have access to urgently needed medical care.

To see the update on our work at the projects in 2018 download and review our detailed full Trustee report & Accounts for 2018.


A long-term study in partnership with the Sisters of Mary alumni associations.

Measuring Our Impact

World Villages for Children is in the process of developing formal evaluation systems that are appropriate to our work to measure and quantify our programmes, their outcomes and impact. This will guide programme development and improvement and help us to secure funding for the future.

As an illustration of the practical impact of  our donors' support we are delighted to share the attached video with you of Sister Zeny  with some of our children at our projects in Guatemala.