All posts by Len Clarke

We’re speaking at Brighton’s refugee festival in May!

The Early Pestalozzi Children Project LogoOur Project has been invited to participate in the
University of Brighton’s Refugee Festival 2018 – part of the Brighton Fringe Festival in May.

William Eiduks spent six years at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village after a young childhood in a displaced person’s camp in Germany.

William will speak about the experience of being cared for at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village after an early childhood in a displaced persons’ camp in Germany during the 1950s.

The event is free and happens on Thursday evening, 11thMay, between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. (We are only involved in the session on 11thMay).

The venue is in the University’s Pavilion Parade campus: Room G7, 10-11 Pavilion Parade, Brighton, BN2 1RA.

Please do come and listen. We be delighted to see “ex-Pests” attend – and anyone else with a connection to Pestalozzi. We will both be there and would be really pleased to meet up with you for a coffee and chat afterwards, too.

For more details about the Refugee Festival, use this link.

For directions to the venue, click here.

Any other queries – get in touch here or call us!


The Ladybird Pin & The Shilling

To someone who bought a ladybird pin over half a century ago.
(from someone who benefitted from that shilling)

The Pestalozzi ladybird pin

In the late 1950s or early 1960s, you donated a shilling in exchange for a little Pestalozzi ladybird pin. It wasn’t a large amount (equivalent to about £1 in today’s money) but, along with the many tens of thousands of other donors who were prepared to give, it made a difference to me and to all of us at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village.

So, after nearly 60 years, how much of a difference has your shilling made?

Well, I was sent to the Pestalozzi Children’s Village as a 10 year-old child in 1959.  From a personal perspective, Pestalozzi was a community that changed my life.  It exposed me to personal relationships that I would have probably missed out on had my childhood remained as it was before.   And, among other things, it assisted me to go out into the world and experience a fairly “normal” and healthy existence.

I married, had children and today I have a wonderful extended family. The affectionate and caring management of my life when I arrived at Pestalozzi contributed to my ability to care for and appreciate my own family.

So, more than half a century later, the effect of your shilling continues to impact on my life – and my children’s and my grandchildren’s lives – today.

It wasn’t just a shilling – it was a shilling.  It meant something then . . . and it is still working.

Thank you for helping to make a difference.

If you remember buying a ladybird pin decades ago, let us know.  Perhaps you were part of a ladybird club that raised funds for Pestalozzi – we’d love to hear from you!  Click on the ladybird, below!

Pestalozzi Ladybird Logo 

Pestalozzi Students Networking

During our visit to the Pestalozzi International Village Trust last week, we were privileged to be invited to attend a “Business Meets Students” session. Conducted by Pestalozzi Trustee, Graham Card, several successful business people meet with the students and offer their thoughts about ambition, possibilities, achievement – and more. After the formal meeting, the visitors got to mix with the students and start to familiarise them with the idea of networking – and then join them for dinner.

As ever, it was impressive to hear the students talk about their ambitions, both with some confidence and humility. There is little doubt that the Pestalozzi International Village Trust is continuing to select the highest calibre of deserving students.