World Children’s Day: how the work of our Quest hosts is changing the lives of children worldwide

Host stories

Leaders’ Quest, EY

20 November 2019

At Leaders’ Quest, we’ve worked in leadership development and experiential learning for nearly 20 years. During this time, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting inspiring leaders – high-profile and lesser known – across the world, and thousands of them are now part of our tightly knit community.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – a set of principles that has helped transform the lives of millions of children worldwide.

To commemorate, we want to pay tribute to our Quest hosts who work with children. These local leaders work in education, health, shelter and wellbeing and they continue to protect and advance the rights of children. 

Fundación Pro Niños de la Calle – Mexico City, Mexico

Pro Niños gives a helping hand to homeless children in Mexico City, accompanying them in a gradual process that allows them to maintain another life option. The foundation also works in extensive prevention work with the families, communities and schools of children at risk of homelessness. Thanks to Pro Niños, by 2020, more than 1,000 children will have stopped living on the streets. 


Bachpan Bachao Andolan – New Delhi, India

Bachpan Bachao Andolan – India’s largest movement for the protection of children – works with law enforcement agencies and policy makers to mitigate child slavery. Since its inception in 1980, it has rescued nearly 90,000 children from exploitation – many of them virtually imprisoned in factories, working punishing hours without a break. Its founder, Kailash Satyarthi, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace prize for his work with kids.

Teach for India

Teach For India is a national programme that aims to narrow the educational gap by placing some of India’s most outstanding college graduates and young professionals in low-income schools to teach for two years. In the short term, the organisation provides a dedicated source of teachers who expand the educational opportunities for some of India’s most underprivileged children. In the longer term, it is working to make changes in the system to realise educational opportunity for all.

Doutores da Alegria –Brazil

Doutores da Alegria (Doctors of Joy) uses clowns to work with children, their families, doctors and nurses in Brazil. It helps address the psychological needs of hospitalised kids by bringing joy to often dehumanised hospital wards. Doutores da Alegria operates in 10 hospitals across Brazil – 5 in Sao Paulo, 2 in Rio de Janeiro and 1 in Recife – and has visited 350,000 children to date.

Mifalot – Ramla, Israel

Mifalot uses sport as a platform for social change. Its programmes use football to teach life skills to children with special needs, and promote integration and inclusion of diverse communities in Israel. It also assists children living in at-risk, disadvantaged or isolated communities. Since its foundation in 1997, around 250,000 children have graduated from Mifalot’s programmes.

Since 2001, we’ve delivered 300+ transformational programmes for more than 8,000 senior leaders, engaging with 5,000 hosts around the world. To learn more about our work with hosts and companies, watch our video.