Our Impact

We reach over 600,000 children and their caregivers annually across six countries in sub-Saharan Africa. We work with more than 90 local organizations, clinics, and local and national governments in Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Portrait of a smiling school boy. Photo by Rob Hammond

Who We Are

We work to improve the lives of children and caregivers made vulnerable by HIV and poverty.

Our Approach

We work with governments and local organizations to provide the critical services that children need to grow and thrive.

Better Outcomes for Children and Youth in Eastern and Northern Uganda

Building Resilience and National Systems to prevent and Respond to Violence against children and HIV in Uganda.

Essential Gender-Based Violence Services and Prevention

Preventing and responding to school-related gender-based violence in Malawi.

Waache Wasome “Let them Learn”

Waache Wasome empowers girls and young women in Tanzania to complete their education, develop protective assets, and take control of their futures.

World Education among Top Proposals for MacArthur $100 Million Grant

Boston, MA February 19, 2020 — The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today unveiled that World Education’s Bantwana Initiative, in partnership with World Vision, is one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its 100&Change competition for a single $100 million grant to help solve one of the world’s most critical social challenges.

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Breaking Complex Barriers to Care and Treatment for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable in their community. With poor living conditions, poor access to health services and environmental risks, many are unable to overcome these challenges and become active members of society. Added to this, many face stigma within their communities because their disability is seen as a curse that has been placed on their family, so they are either abandoned or treated poorly.

This was the case for Elisabeth before being part of Bantwana’s Força à Comunidade e Crianças (FCC) project. Through the project’s intervention, Elisabeth and her family were able to break the barriers they faced and see gradual improvement of their lives and livelihood opportunities.

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Leveraging Digital Technology to Increase Child Protection Response Time

Bantwana’s Better Outcomes for Children and Youth Project (Uganda) developed free Closed User Groups in partnership with MTN, connecting over 3,000 community and district child protection personnel to fast track services to over 19,000 critically vulnerable children in Eastern and Northern Uganda.

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