Friends of Fe y Alegría in the UK

Friends of Fe y Alegría in the United Kingdom is an initiative to raise awareness and engage support for Fe y Alegría’s work in Venezuela.

Fe y Alegría was first started in 1955 by the Jesuit priest José María Vélaz, sj, in Caracas, Venezuela and since then has grown from a single school to 3,272 schools and centres in 21 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe serving over 1.5 million individuals. As one of the largest non-profit educational institutions in the Latin America–Fe y Alegría’s mission is to “begin where the asphalt ends”


We believe in education as a powerful tool for social change and are committed to promoting quality, inclusive programs for people living in marginalized and impoverished communities.




Public Schools


Other Centres





About of Fe y Alegría Venezuela

The birth place of Fe y Alegría, Venezuela is the home to Fe y Alegría’s first school. Starting with a small school in Caracas led by Fr. José María Vélaz, SJ and Abraham and Patricia Reyes in 1955, Fe y Alegría Venezuela has grown to today serve over 345,000 individuals in 681 schools and community centres across the country.

Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America. The territory currently known as Venezuela was colonised by Spain in 1522 amid resistance from indigenous peoples. In 1811, it became one
of the first Spanish-American colonies to declare independence, which was not securely established until 1821, when Venezuela was a department of the federal republic of Gran Colombia. Venezuela is one of the most urbanised countries in Latin America; a vast majority
of the 30.41 million Venezuelans live in urban cities in the north of the country.