Education Saves Lives - Formerly Thare Machi Education

Providing simple lessons for safer living in local languages
  • What We Do

    What We Do

    We create simple, interactive lessons about health and other topics to help people live more safely.
  • Who we work with

    Who we work with

    We collaborate with health authorities, community groups, street children’s societies, health clinics, faith groups, schools and individuals.
  • Our Impact

    Our Impact

    Between 2012 and 2019 we sent over 150,000 DVD lessons to 86 Countries. We have over 1500 registered users in 116 countries who have watched our lessons online.
  • Our Story

    Our Story

    Helen Taylor Thompson founded the organisation in 2000 as a response to the growing numbers of people being diagnosed with HIV, to inform people - in local languages - about disease prevention.
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"These DVDs change the behaviours of local people of DR Congo.
People from various villages meet and it becomes an opportunity to know and learn from one another."
COFAPRI, eastern DR Congo.
Using our Lessons
  •  Our Lessons

    Our Lessons

    Our interactive lessons include a combination of information and questions, illustrated using relevant still or moving images.
  • Order DVDS

    Order DVDS

    Our DVDs are free and we have over 33 lessons available in up to 65 languages.
  • Watch Online

    Watch Online

    For regions with stable internet access, our lessons are available to watch online.
  • Suggest Lessons

    Suggest Lessons

    If you need lessons in a language or topics not yet covered, please contact us and we will try to help.
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So far, 12,300 Rwandan healthcare workers have received training from our DVDs.
Between 2014-2017, 1.2 million Rwandans viewed our DVDs.
That's one tenth of the Rwandan population!
Get Involved
  • Translate a Lesson

    Translate a Lesson

    Help us make more life-saving information available by translating a script from English to your mother-tongue.
  • Join our network

    Join our network

    Help distribute our DVDs. We can send the DVDs to wherever they are needed, subject to local postal services.
  • Help Fundraise

    Help Fundraise

    In 2019 a fundraising fashion show raised £1,800 to support our work in Nigeria
  • Make a Donation

    Make a Donation

    Each life-saving DVD costs us about £3.50 to produce, and each one could be seen by hundreds of people.
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"We just renovated our school toilets for our children to improve general health and wellbeing.
The DVD on Basic Hygiene really came in handy."
Simbo Oke Hojhurhoye, Kenya.
Latest News
18 December 2019
2020 will see the 20th anniversary of the founding of Thare Machi Education.
In 2020, Thare Machi Education will have a new website, and a new name: “Education Saves Lives".
By changing our name, we think it will be clearer to potential user groups, and to our supporters, what we actually do and why.
11 November 2019
To mark the occasion, our Director Rachel Butt gave a presentation copy of the 1000th lesson to former Director, Stephen Clarke, who was instrumental in building the organisation up over many years.
4 October 2019
Our patron, Nina Wadia, gave an impassioned talk about her 17 year involvement with our organisation and the importance of our simple lessons for safer living.
Featured News from our User Groups
"These glittering plates are like mirrors in circles, very small but what they include are incredible images... It speaks and it has men, women and children in it, there is also music and you think you are near them. What they do is helping us to understand that we can change."  Pupil from Bushuk...
The Goodwill Social Centre in Madurai has been using our lessons for several years. Between 2015 and 2017 they carried out an extensive project to distribute the DVDs as widely as possible. The programme included the promotion of healthy living, using the DVD lessons for village women and the dir...

Saving lives in DR Congo

COFAPRI co-founder Mugisho outlines how our DVDs are used to educate communities on HIV, malaria, basic hygiene and non-communicable diseases.