Countess Spencer, who founded the charity Whole Child International in 2004, has been elected as an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of her work championing orphaned and abandoned children in the developing world.

Whole Child International is devoted to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected children in the developing world. The charity was founded by Countess Spencer when she discovered that most of the larger organisations addressing child welfare issues in developing countries have policies against working with orphanages. Whole Child International fills that gap, and has been proven by third-party evaluation to potentially improve the lives of millions of children.

Countess Spencer’s election as an Ashoka Fellow is in recognition of her decade of visionary work establishing and building Whole Child International. She joins the world’s largest and most influential network of social entrepreneurs.

“In founding Whole Child, I was passionate about finding a way to give the most vulnerable children a fighting chance. This recognition by Ashoka helps shine new light on the profound need for quality care, and also on the exciting reality that there is something we can do, today, with existing resources and settings to give these forgotten children a chance of a productive life.” Countess Spencer

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