Maria was the mother of Paul Polman, our IMAGINE co-founder and former CEO of Unilever.

Maria and Paul

A shining light who has brought much joy to so many. 

We invite you, and others into the movement for the multiplier effect that Maria had on many little lives through education.

One of her life's philosophies was “Have fun every day”.  We know helping children is fun and fulfilling, so join us in making a difference.

Maria Polman

United World Schools have supported 43,000 children from some of the poorest areas of Cambodia, Nepal and Myanmar with a life-changing education, which was a cause close to Maria's heart.

Students from

Photos from 'The Maria School' in Nepal

We're fundraising in memory of Maria to support children's education in Nepal, and we are hoping to raise enough to build and equip an entire school.

Maria dancing

Thank you for your generosity to honour Maria’s life.


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