Avanse, Ah-Vahn-Ss

Haitian Creole word meaning to move forward, advance.


Avanse is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the lives of street children in the world’s most neglected and violent slums.     We accomplish our mission through four levers: Outreach, Rehabilitation, Education and Reintegration.

We bring opportunity to the slums to ensure street children move forward and rise above their circumstances.


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
— Helen Keller

Jeannette Pawula

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jeannette Pawula is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Avanse since 2010. She brings her extensive international experience of working with street children & collaborating with international NGO’s, and leads overall strategic and operational responsibility for Avanse’s programs, growth and execution of its mission. Jeannette currently serves on the advisory board of StandUp for Kids, a non-profit working with street children in Chicago. She is also a member of the Consortium for Street Children Network and the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, and was a participant in the Nexus Global Youth summit at the United Nations.