Sir Richard Butler & Lady Diana Butler

Pestalozzi World was established in 1995, by our founders Sir Richard and Lady Butler. Today we operate in Zambia, India and Nepal.

Sir Richard Butler

Sir Richard became a social entrepreneur following a distinguished career in international banking with The First Boston Corporation and Blyth, Eastman Dilon, processor US banks of Credit Suisse and the UBS.

After learning about the transforming power of the Pestalozzi approach for children from the world’s neediest regions, he led the creation of the Pestalozzi World Villages in Africa and Asia.

Over the past five years, he has worked with the founder of Edulution to bring tablet-based education to thousands of rural children and refugees in southern Africa.

Lady Diana Butler 

Lady Butler, mother of four and grandmother of seven, is a founding Trustee of Pestalozzi World and a mother figure to hundreds of Pestalozzi World children. She founded and for nearly two decades managed the Knightsbridge Nursery School in London.

The long term impact of your support:

As our students graduate and begin their careers, entire communities benefit from their support.


Pestalozzi World

60% of whom already hold a university or college qualification. Many more will soon graduate. 


Remain in their county of origin

88% of our Alumni have remained in their country of origin, contributing back to their communities. While 9% are studying overseas on scholarships.


Contributing back to their societies

by falling into at least one of these three categories: working in careers of public service, volunteering in community programmes, or supporting family.