Guiding Principles

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

Transparency: As an organization, 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 programs to maintain support to the children in school and to fund new places for those who need it the most.

Impact: Beyong the figures, one of the most important considerations that cannot be met by looking at a financial statement or at the website of a charity evaluator (like Charity Navigator) is how effective we are at fulfulling our mission. Because the many lives we touch in turn transform entire communities, we have witnessed the success of breaking the poverty cycle - over, and over again. To date, more than 150,000 children have graduated from our programmes and had the opportunity to realize a brighter future.

Sustainability: In continuation to the stated impact, we aim to provide durable change for communities, and ultimately within every one the societies where we operate our programs today. The commitment from our graduates is such that many "pay it forward", and to further the mission of the Sisters of Mary in one way or another - most end up lifting their entire families out of poverty, paying for their sibling to attend school and sometimes college; many give a helping hand to the Sisters and assist 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.

The result is a lasting change that profondly and effectively changes many more lives than those who have experienced our programs 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 programs in South Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, and Honduras 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 our programs in each country, visit this page.

To request our latest annual report of accomplishments, please contact us for a mailed copy, or download 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 maintain our funding sources and support the daily costs of caring for more than 20,000 children every day. We are able to achieve considerable operating efficiencies by maintaining a small team of 10 full-time staff. We strive to keep essential administration costs low and leverage the support of a network of dedicated partners to maximise the value of the donations received from our supporters, like you. 


To learn more about our programs by the numbers, we encourage you to review our 2016 Independent Auditors' Report, as well as our 2016 990 Tax Return.

Go here to learn more about our commitment to our donors.



The Sisters of Mary make the protection and care of the children in their custody their top priority. The Child Protection and Anti-Bullying Policy sets out common values, principles, and beliefs and describes the steps that will be taken for the Sisters of Mary's commitment to protect the children. You may read the policy in full here

Visiting Day 2018

A day filled with love.


World Villages in Tanzania

Expanding to reach more children in need.


Graduation 2018

We celebrate the graduation of our children in 2018!