about us

About Us

Free The Children carries the power of WE globally, empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty through our holistic, sustainable international development model, Adopt a Village.

Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner. Our organization is unique among Canadian charities in that it operates collaborative programs both domestically and internationally.

In Canada, the US, and the UK, WE Day and WE Schools are initiatives of Free The Children that educate and empower young people. WE Schools is a yearlong educational program that nurtures compassion in students and gives them the tools to create transformative social change. And WE Day is a series of stadium-sized events that celebrate youth making a difference in their local and global communities.

In Africa, Asia and Latin America, we partner with communities to implement Adopt a Village, a holistic, five-pillar international development model designed to achieve sustainable change. Together with local leaders and families, we transform lives with solutions that are adaptive, effective and sustained long term by the community itself.

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WE Villages

Free The Children’s Adopt a Village
Our International Development Model

Transforming the world starts with Adopt a Village, an adaptive, effective five-pillar model built on 20 years of experience working alongside dedicated communities and development experts to find solutions that last. Adopt a Village supports community development in areas where there is a high incidence of child labor, exploitation of children and minimal opportunities for the girl child. Currently, we work in Kenya, India, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Sierra Leone, and rural China.




Our education pillar goes beyond school building. We provide teacher training, extracurricular programs, books and basic school supplies so that children can focus on their studies without worrying about absent teachers or a lack of learning materials.

Clean Water

Clean Water and Sanitation

Without water, a community can’t grow. We help communities install hand pumps, boreholes, wells, pipes, hand-washing stations, rain catchment systems and latrines. Clean water gives families the chance to raise healthy children, run sustainable farms and send their girls to school.



A healthy community is a sustainable community. When children are healthy, they are less likely to miss school or drop out. And when parents are healthy, their family businesses are more likely to thrive. By offering health training, clinics, medical supplies and workshops to developing communities, we’re empowering families to transform their lives and their communities.


Agriculture and Food Security

Nutritious food fuels growing minds and contributes to thriving communities. Made possible by founding partner PotashCorp, we help provide school gardens, family farms, nutrition programs, agriculture training, improved seeds and irrigation projects so that communities can achieve long-term health and access stable food sources.

Alternative Income

Alternative Income and Livelihood

Entrepreneurship doesn’t just give parents the means to provide for their family—it empowers a generation with new skills that will transform their lives. We help parents, especially mothers, create new economic opportunities through leadership sessions, financial literacy workshops and vocational training.