Who We Are

The Santa Maria Education Fund was begun in 2001 by English journalist Margaret Hebblethwaite, to help with the costs of tertiary education among the rural poor in the village where she lives in the south of Paraguay.


Santa María de Fe (Saint Mary of Faith) was a thriving Jesuit Reduction (or mission) in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but today is a small town of around 4,000 people and massive unemployment.  You can read more about the history of Santa María itself on the Some History page.


It is a charity registered in the UK (number 1105031), and all our recent accounts can be seen on our page at the Charity Commission’s website  – click on this link and search under our name or number: