Results and Impacts

Research shows that our programs have a lasting impact.

Today, our story is made up of your stories—those that continue to shape Free The Children’s growth and impact, while empowering a generation of young people to achieve their fullest potential. Our domestic and international programming work together to achieve this.

Since 1995 Free The Children has provided:

Number Impact Number Impact
45+ countries with programming and building projects. 55,000 children with education every day.
650+ schools and school rooms built. $16,000,000+ worth of medical supplies around the world.
30,000 women with economic self-sufficiency. 1,000,000 people with clean water, health care and sanitation.
278,000 attendees with a We Day experience. 2,300,000 youth with our programming.

Impact at Home

First and foremost, we educate, engage and empower young people to be confident young change-makers and lifelong active citizens.

In a 2012 third-party impact survey prepared by Mission Measurement, LLC, educators agreed that We Act, our service leaning program, transforms student behaviour and increases engagement.

Number Impact Number Impact
88% developed relationships with students that they would not have otherwise. 90% agree that their students are now more confident in their ability to set goals and see them through to completion.
86% report there is a greater atmosphere of caring and compassion in their school. 97% agree that their students now believe they can make a difference in the world.


In 2011, Mission Measurement conducted a survey of Free The Children alumni to assess the lasting impact of Free The Children’s domestic programming. The survey found that:

Number Impact Number Impact
90% now believe they are responsible for addressing social justice issues. 68% gained a clear sense of their aspirations and life’s intentions.
80% volunteered for more than 150 hours the previous year, on average. 79% of those of voting age voted in the most recent national election—double the rate of their peers.


Overall, Free The Children alumni have:

  • Developed greater self-confidence and other skills that lead to academic success.
  • Developed a stronger sense of their identity.
  • Gained new perspective on how education could lead to a career aligned with their passions.
  • Continue to take action in both formal and informal ways to create the change they wish to see in the world.

Student success is at the heart of what we do. But to build a movement, it’s not just about youth—it’s about everyone.

Free The Children engages families, businesses and individuals. Our domestic programming model is a holistic learning and action-based experience for all who wish to embark on a lifelong journey to better the world.

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Impact Overseas

There are no magic bullets to end poverty. But there are plenty of great silver bullets that, together, can get the job done. With more than a decade of experience in countries around the world, we have cultivated a holistic, sustainable approach to development that ensures consultation with the community. We believe that successful international development is when someone never needs “charity” again. Our Adopt a Village development model focuses on five core pillars for ending poverty:

  • Education
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Health
  • Alternative income and livelihood
  • Agriculture and food security

Each of these pillars enhances and complements the others, and all five operating in unison ensure the greatest overall impact of each intervention, achieving long-term sustainability.

As a result of the Adopt a Village programming, Free The Children reports:

Number Impact Number Impact
222% increase in student attendance in Lai, India. 23% increase in the percentage of female graduates attending secondary school in Salabwek, Kenya , from 27% to 50%.
17% increase in the percentage of children in Salabwek, Kenya with regular access to well-prepared, nutritious food, from 66% to 83%. 91% of households in Salabwek, Kenya practice healthy water-usage habits at home, up from 48%.


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