Why we do it


  • The Un estimates that up to 8 million children around the world are living in institutions.

  • It is estimated that there are between 143 and 210 million children worldwide are orphans.
  • Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out of an orphanage with no family to belong to and no place to call home.
  • Studies have shown that 10% – 15% of these children commit suicide before they reach 18.
  • 4 out of 5 children living in institutions have one or both parents alive.


  • 400 million people do not have access to essential health services.
  • Every year, over 13 million children under the age of five die from illnesses which could have been avoided.
  • 2.2 million children die every year because they have not been immunised.
  • Poor nutrition and calorie deficiencies cause nearly 1 in 3 people to die prematurely or have disabilities, according to the world health organisation.


  • Evidence shows that providing all children with quality basic education could boost annual economic growth by two percent in low-income countries.

  • 61 million children of primary school age are out of school.
  • Nearly 1 billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • 775 million adults are illiterate. Almost 500 million of them are women.
  • Only 2% of humanitarian aid goes to education.


  • There are also 10 million stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement.
  • 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home.
  • Children accounted for 27% of the more than 1 million refugees and migrants who entered Europe in 2015.
  • 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children are missing in Europe.