What We Do
Our work is inspired by Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Swiss social reformer and educator. Pestalozzi was particularly focused on the power of education to help the poor and believed education should develop the powers of ‘Head’, ‘Heart’ and ‘Hands’.
In other words, he believed we help children best by putting equal emphasis on character, practical life skills, and cognitive development.
Today we work in India, Nepal and Zambia. Our children come from a total of 12 countries, many being refugees. We select the brightest students, mostly from poor rural areas that are hard to reach and lacking basic infrastructure.
Meet some current students
The PestalozziWorld Journey
10 years old
Selection of children, gifted, often having lost one or both parent or a refugee. From households that are subsisting in poverty in locations without schools that can match their ability with opportunity. Two girls for each boy.
Clothed, fed, basic needs provided for including fees paid at high quality schools. Placed in child-centred, Pestalozzi inspired, residential Village. Volunteering encouraged. Practical life skills developed. Head, Heart & Hands.
Prepared for tertiary education, which Alumni access independently. Equipped with knowledge, skills and motivation to help themselves and others. Entering professions in which they can display future leadership.
Contributing back to PW in ‘Circle of Success’ and becoming a network of leaders influencing broader economic and societal development. Acting as role models in their communities, professionally and voluntarily.
From the data we hold about our beneficiaries:
1 in 4
of our children have lost one or both of their parents
2 in 3
of our children come from families surviving primarily on subsistence farming
of scholars have ability that cannot be fully realised in poor quality local schools and under conditions of poverty