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

Monika's Story

Tenzin's Story

Oneal's Story

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. 


10-18 years

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


Together we can develop a bespoke partnership that will create opportunities for thousands of children. 


Make a difference at one of our villages, either by teaching or supporting our staff. Your time and skills really can make a difference.



Unlock opportunities for children so they can achieve their true potential. Your donation goes entirely to the care and education of the scholars.

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PestalozziWorld is a family of not-for-profit organizations serving and supporting children from some of the poorest regions in the world. This family is coordinated by PestalozziWorld UK and includes PestalozziWorld USA, PestalozziWorld Switzerland, PestalozziWorld Zambia, PestalozziWorld India and PestalozziWorld Nepal.

Contact Us

United Kingdom

+44 (0)207 922 7716

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PestalozziWorld Children's Trust, UK registered charity number 1172364 - Pestalozzi US Children's Charity Inc., US registered E.I. Number 04-3407363POCT Ireland Ltd, Irish registered charity number CHY17386 - Pestalozzi Overseas Children's Foundation, Swiss registered charity number CH-