Brighter futures for refugee children
Globally the refugee crisis has been growing exponentially driven by conflict, persecution, and the climate crisis.
At the end of 2021, of the 89.3 million forcibly displaced people, an estimated 36.5 million (41%) are children below 18 years of age.
Between 2018 and 2021, an average of between 350,000 and 400,000 children per year, were born into a refugee life.
26% of the world’s refugees are hosted in sub-Saharan Africa (over 18 million).
As refugees, children face even more barriers to accessing vital education and life opportunities. This is why 40% of the children Pestalozzi World select are from refugee communities. 12 different nationalities are represented at the three Pestalozzi Villages contributing to diverse communities.
To date, over 580 refugee children have graduated from our programme, all of whom understand the problems faced by fellow refugees, and are now equipped to take the lead as role models of change.
Many have gone on to support other refugees by sponsoring individual children, working in refugee camps on outreach education programmes, financially, and working towards roles in UNHCR. Our Alumni are becoming leaders and changemakers for their refugee communities.