About

Who we are

The Early Pestalozzi Children Project is an independent activity organised by William Eiduks and Leonard (Len) Clarke, former resident children of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, during its earliest years.

William (Willi) Eiduks
William (Willi) Eiduks
Leonard Clarke
Leonard Clarke

Our Aim

The Early Pestalozzi Children Project LogoThe aim of this project is to gather, preserve and relate the story of the children of the Pestalozzi Children’s Village who arrived between 1959 and 1965.

The Project aims to recover the European and early Tibetan children’s story, as far as possible, through oral history recordings and other related research. We hope this to be a legacy for us former children of “the Village” and for our descendants.

Also, by gathering this story, we will not only demonstrate what a remarkable experience it was but also constructively present this information for the benefit of other, relevant research.

To this end, all materials that we collect on behalf of the Early Pestalozzi Children Project will be placed in our dedicated archive, held at the Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT) in Toddington, Gloucestershire.

Our hope is to record the past to influence the future.

Caveat

This website is an introduction to the story of the first groups of children at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village in East Sussex.  It is presented to promote our research and help inform a wider audience.  It is not a comprehensive representation of the life of this community – but, hopefully, will lead to more information being recovered and displayed here.

To learn more about the history of the early Pestalozzi children or to contribute information:                                                                                                     Contact the Early Pestalozzi Children Project

To discover the story of the early Pestalozzi children, click here

Finding The Forgotten Story