PestalozziWorld, a charitable organization whose work was launched by Sir Richard and Lady Butler, opened its first Village in 1998 in Zambia. They were inspired and guided by the work of the 18th-century Swiss education reformer, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, who devoted his life to helping children orphaned by the Napoleonic Wars and is credited with eliminating illiteracy in Switzerland in the early 1800’s. By example, Pestalozzi taught that we help children best by putting equal emphasis on character, practical life skills, and cognitive development. He found that whole-child development, learning with the head, hands, and heart, equips disadvantaged children to create a better life, for themselves and many around them.
Sir Richard and Lady Butler rallied dozens of others to join them in creating a Village in Zambia to serve children in sub-Saharan Africa, and they soon did the same thing in India for children in South Asia. These initiatives have recently led to the launch of a third Village in Nepal. PestalozziWorld has helped alumni in their efforts to provide scholarships to even more students in Nepal and Thailand who are not able to be part of a PestalozziWorld Village. PestalozziWorld is now a global and growing team and family of almost 2,000 children and adults committed to seizing the opportunity that comes through hard work with head, heart, and hands.