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The founders story

ABC children's Aid was founded in 1988 by Guðrún Margrét Pálsdóttir. Here's her story as to why;

"In 1985, whilst I was working as a nurse in Iceland, I decided to take extended leave for one year in order to travel around the world.

This year was supposed to be full of exploration and adventure for me. But instead, God opened my eyes to the sad realities of our world. As I was traveling through Central America, I was deeply touched by seeing so many people in terrible poverty, especially by the sight of many children sleeping on sidewalks.

Guðrún Margrét Pálsdóttir in Pakistan 2010

This provoked me to reason quietly within myself. I assumed that these people would never be able to buy books, because any money they had would be used for food and other necessities of life. So with the little money I had, I started buying books, Bibles, Gospels and educational materials for the children and distributing them among the people in the slums and the poor villages. It was then that my eyes were opened to another tragic reality. I noticed that many adults didn't know how to read, so the books that I gave were often of no use to them. These people had never had the opportunity to go to school.

These situations touched me so deeply that I decided to come back to Central-America after my year long journey in order to teach the people how to read and write. As often happens, God had different plans! I never travelled back to Central-America, but instead established ABC Children's Aid in Iceland.

For the last twenty years, ABC Children's Aid has been able to help thousands of children to go to school and has also provided many of them with a home and with much needed medical care.

The Vision of ABC Children’s Aid is to give:

  • Street children a shelter and later a permanent home in an ABC village. 
  • Poor children opportunity to go to school. 
  • Sick children an access to medical care. 

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