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Why is Education Important?

Education offers hope and a pathway out of poverty. Vulnerable children need extra support to succeed in school, especially kids with disabilities. Philip Hayden Foundation funds classrooms and teacher salaries so these children can receive an education that allows them to thrive.

China has made great strides toward meeting the educational needs of disabled children, but some rural areas still lag behind. Rural teachers often receive lower pay and have higher workloads, and some schools lack teachers with full training in special education. PHF funds schools and special-education classrooms in these high-need areas, particularly for young students.

In Mexico, many students in poor areas don’t receive adequate education to prepare them for the future. Recent statistics reported by Mexico showed that more than half of Mexican students completing lower secondary school had deficits in reading or math.

Many children in Yucatán are part of the a Mayan community. Most Mayan families speak their own language at home rather than Spanish, as they preserve their culture.  The language barrier creates even more learning challenges for the children.

PHF is exploring ways to work with local charities to provide support for teachers, classrooms, and students on the Yucatán peninsula.

“Rural teachers earn one-third of the salary of urban teachers, leaving village schools without teachers – especially for specialized education.”

In rural China, your donations fund a Montessori classroom with room for 30 unsupported children and orphans. We need your help to provide specialized education for vulnerable children. Please donate now or go to our Get Involved page to see the many ways you can be a part of changing a child’s life.

Children In Need

Meet Rolsy


Rolsy is an elementary-aged girl in Merída who was born with spina bifida. Her local community raised funds for her surgical repair, wheelchair, and splints. Instead of being bedbound, Rolsy is learning to walk! You can see from her big smile that she is thriving, thanks to her community’s outpouring of love and support. But […]

Meet Jesús David


Three-year-old Jesús is in a hospital in Mexico City with burns over his entire body. His father lost his life getting Jesús out of the burning shanty home. Jesús is from Mérida, 600 miles away. You can read more in our Stories of Hope.  Your donations will help his mother travel to be with him. […]

Meet Matías


Matías has a genetic disorder, Treacher Collins syndrome.  Dr. Fajardo, the only specialist in Mexico trained to complete the necessary complex surgery, evaluated Matías. Timing for this life-saving reconstructive surgery is crucial. Matías is ready for the surgery and passed his initial physical evaluation. Our partners, Red de Ciudadanos de Mérida, worked tirelessly in the […]

Explore Our Programs


Philip Hayden Foundation provides nutritious food, safe shelter, and medical services to vulnerable children. Children’s short-term basic needs must be met before they can benefit from other assistance like therapy, education, and vocational training.


Meaningful work allows people with disabilities to gain independence, contribute to society, and be viewed with dignity. Philip Hayden Foundation provides vocational and life skills training that enables at-risk young people to become productive, self-supporting adults.


PHF helps at-risk children and children with disabilities receive specialized education that allows them to thrive. Depending on the need, our support may include funding a teacher in a Montessori classroom, paying school tuition, providing supplies, hiring a tutor, and more.


Medical care saves and transforms children’s lives. PHF provides surgeries, treatment, and medicine to vulnerable children, and we help families travel to medical appointments. We also provide therapies to children with disabilities and support training for therapists.

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