World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs.

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Vulnerable Children and Families

In many developing countries--particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, high rates of poverty and HIV and AIDS have left children and their families extremely vulnerable. Children may live in child-headed or elderly-headed households and are unable to access the comprehensive care they need, such as schooling, healthcare, and nutrition.

World Education supports vulnerable children and families by strengthening the community organizations where they live to connect them to these necessary services. We work with schools to waive school fees for the most vulnerable children, and set up children and families with income-generating activities to earn extra income. We connect children and families with HIV testing and treatment, health assessments, nutrition services, and psychosocial support. Our child protection curricula ensure that children--especially girls--are aware of their rights, so that they can avoid abuse and sexual exploitation. We link community organization to government service providers, and also work with government to advocate for vulnerable children’s rights. By strengthening the community’s existing services and filling critical service gaps, we ensure that children and their families have the right to a promising future.

Featured Projects

View details: Tanzania Community Health and Social Welfare System Strengthening Program (CHSSP)

Tanzania Community Health and Social Welfare System Strengthening Program (CHSSP)

World Education is working with the Government of Tanzania to expand the social welfare workforce with a special emphasis on communities.

View details: Zimbabwe National Case Management System

Zimbabwe National Case Management System

Bantwana’s National Case Management System Project scales up its case management model by building the capacity of case care workers to assist vulnerable children.

View details: Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP)

Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP)

The Western Uganda Bantwana Program (WUBP) builds the capacity of nine community-based organizations to provide critical services to orphans and vulnerable children in their regions.


Featured Resources



View details: Empowering Students with Permaculture Gardens in Swaziland

Empowering Students with Permaculture Gardens in Swaziland

Sixteen year-old Nothando is a student participating in Bantwana's permaculture garden project. She is the eldest of three. Nothando's mother, like many in the community, does not earn enough to support her children.

View details: Back on the Path to Education: Grace and Olivia's Stories

Back on the Path to Education: Grace and Olivia's Stories

Grace and Olivia didn't think they would return to school--then they got a second chance.

View details: From Hardship to Hope

From Hardship to Hope

Twelve year-old Zanele's father died when she was just a little girl, and her grandfather struggled alone to support a household of fourteen individuals.