Help a child get the best start in life

Early years education is crucial for all children. Five-year-old Emerat goes to kindergarten at a tented settlement for Syrian refugees near the town of Majdal Anjar in Lebanon.

Every child deserves the best start in life. But hundreds of millions of children don’t have access to crucial childcare or pre-primary education.

You can help to change that. There’s never been a better time to support Theirworld’s work to give children the quality early years care and learning they deserve.

Here’s how you can help. Starting on Giving Tuesday on November 28, Theirworld will take part in a special week of fundraising called The Big Give Christmas Challenge. The Big Give is the United Kingdom’s biggest match-funded campaign, which has raised almost £250 million for more than 15,000 charity projects since 2008.

Every penny you give between November 28 and December 5 will be DOUBLED – meaning your donation will have twice the impact. That’s because generous funders, such as philanthropists, foundations or companies, have agreed to match every pound or dollar raised.

In the United States, you can donate in dollars and even give from your Donor-Advised Fund. This money will also be doubled through The Big Give.

Donate to The Big Give Christmas Challenge

Whichever way you donate, your support means we’ll be able to help 60,000 of the world’s poorest young children access life-changing early years development support through education, nutrition, health and well-being.

Theirworld’s projects unlock big change for children and young people. We’re aiming to raise £30,000, which will allow us to work with non-profits to support marginalised children. We will also help those community-led organisations increase the scale of their work.

175 million

children - almost half of all pre-primary-age children globally - are not enrolled in preschool

The donations will support projects in four countries:


Kindergarten teachers will be trained to improve their knowledge and skills on inclusive teaching methods and play-based methodology. This will positively impact the number of children attending and staying in school.


Children living in slums in Chennai will receive preschool-level education in early childhood development centres. Meals will be provided to enhance their health and nutrition.


Women and young mothers will be trained to run quality early childhood centres for children living in slums. This will provide access to education and promote financial stability for women running the centres.


Quality, inclusive early years digital content will be provided to under-served Lebanese learners and refugee children with limited access to education. Teachers and caregivers will be supported to assist children to use the content efficiently at home and at centres.

Learn more about The Best Start in Life