Friends of Pestalozzi IoM

Friends of Pestalozzi IoM

Isle of Man
Education, Human Rights, International, International Aid, Women

Our mission

Inspiring young people to make a difference in the world.


Our emblem the ladybird, has two spots stand for ‘Hope and Luck’ and was adopted by the displaced children of the Second World War.

We award scholarships to exceptional 16-19 years old who are academically gifted but have limited educational prospects in their home countries, as free education from the government stops at age 16. These young people have all demonstrated their enthusiasm for helping to make a difference in their communities.

Pestalozzi students live for two years in East Sussex, UK. They study at Claremont Senior school, and undertake a broad range of extracurricular activities, gaining an holistic education focused on the Pestalozzi principles of Head, Heart and Hands.

  • Currently our students hail from Belize, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Tibetans in exile, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe


From the 1950s the village took children from Europe displaced after the Second World War, and after the 1960s, orphans or refugees from war torn areas like Palestine and Vietnam. At times during this period there were 60 children representing 4 continents, 17 nationalities and 5 religions (Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian and Jewish).

• ‘Friends for Pestalozzi’ – IOM was formed in 1971 to raise money for Pestalozzi International Village near Hastings, UK

Friends of Pestalozzi, IOM with help from Manx International Development Committee (IDC) have sponsored the education of:

  • 2011-2013: Dechen Yangkyi, from Tibet, is now at Bucknell University looking to specialise in Gynaecology.
  • 2013 – 2014: Justin Mushitu, from Zambia, is now at British Columbia University studying Civil Engineering.
  • 2014- 2015: Washington Mudziviri, from Zimbabwe is at Duke University studying Medicine.
  • Case study: Laxmi Rajak who visited the island in 2010 is from the ‘untouchable’ class which sadly still exists. After leaving Pestalozzi, graduated at Duke university and is now helping in school in Nepal. Her mother is illiterate and Duke university specially flew her in for Laxmi’s graduation.

We as an Island have benefitted knowing that since 1959, 676 children/students have been educated and mentored by the Pestalozzi village on his principles of Head Heart and Hands.

How your funding is spent by Pestalozzi:

- 88% goes on our students

- 12% on fundraising and support.

To learn more or to help please call – 07624 452791

You can support us this Christmas:

From 28 nov – 5th Dec 2017 – your money donated to Pestalozzi will be doubled by You can find our page at:

For more info call Daxa 07624 452791 or

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Registered charity nr: 286