Simple Lessons for Safer Living
"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.
  • 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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“I am really interesting with the video, I do not realize that children can be sell.
But through this video I know that most of children and human can sell and I need to discuss with who I trust.”
(Som Rath Pich Sey, 11 years old and Student at Siem Reap Agape school.)
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.
  • Give Feedback

    Give Feedback

    Tell us how you have used the lessons, and what impact they had on your community.
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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!

The Education Saves Lives lesson about coronavirus has been updated to include the latest advice on vaccination, face coverings and staying away from crowded areas.

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We’ve recently been talking to community groups in Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda.
We’re sending DVD packs in several languages, with the aim that community groups (like Lebanon Community Center, pictured here) will work together to reach as many of the population as possible with simple lessons for safer living.

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We are delighted to announce that we have reached our target in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the third time!

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In December Education Saves Lives made a unique online concert video in aid of it’s Christmas Challenge fundraising activities.
Watch the video here

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We are really saddened to let you know that our founder Helen Taylor Thompson died on Sunday morning.
We are so grateful to her, and for her, for all she was and did, she lived an amazing life and we will miss her very much.

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ACDK raises awareness of COVID-19, with the theme “usafi wa kwanza / Personal hygiene”.
‘We hope that the summary of our lessons on community education will help other communities to raise awareness among themselves in order to meet the health challenge by adapting it to the real needs and specific problems in their environment.’

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This year’s IWD theme is #Eachforequal. Our lessons enable disadvantaged women all over the world to have more control over the health…
“Village Africa” have been using our lessons for many years, to educate women and the wider community in Yamba, Tanzania.

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Hygiene is key to preventing the spread of disease.
Our simple, interactive, audio-visual Basic Hygiene DVD lessons are available in 45 languages and we provide them for free (as with all our DVDs).
For those with stable internet access, our lessons can also be viewed online.

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ACDK is a young organisation in DR Congo. Led by Jackson Byenda Kahalalo, they are teaching villagers to plant trees because the forests were desolated by the DRC militia…

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We are really proud of all that was done in the name of Thare Machi Education but we’re equally excited about our future as Education Saves Lives.
We invite you to have a good look round our new website; you might find out something you didn’t know before!

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ACDK is an apolitical and non-denominational organisation created in Goma in 2012.
It primarily focuses its attention on young people in particularly difficult situations, children, the elderly, women, people living with disabilities and indigenous people (pygmies).

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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.

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Unifamily Organisation is based in Nyarugusu refugee camp in northwest Tanzania.
The camp is one of the world’s biggest, home to around 150,000 people, mainly refugees from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Unifmaily works in the camp to try to reduce teen pregnancies and gender-based violence

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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.

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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.

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214 million women around the world want to plan their families, to decide for themselves when to have a baby and how many children to have, but do not have access to the right contraceptive information.

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Did you know that 80% of smokers live in low to middle income countries? Or that smoking can trigger communicable diseases such as tuberculosis?
On World No Tobacco Day, we implore people to understand the serious danger that tobacco poses to the developing world.

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“No-one likes to hear the sound of their own voice, but I had to keep telling myself that it was for a good cause and that a lot of people would benefit from it…. Everyone has been so very friendly and supportive.”

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On World Malaria Day help us to share our lessons so communities can better understand how to protect themselves from malaria, and help those who are affected the best chance of recovery.

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Despite the availability of a cure, TB kills 3 people every minute, Our lesson ‘TB Can Be Cured’ focuses on 3 areas which perpetuate the spread of TB

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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
The Education Saves Lives lesson about coronavirus has been updated to include the latest advice on vaccination, face coverings and staying away from crowded areas.
We are delighted to announce that we have reached our target in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for the third time!
In December Education Saves Lives made a unique online concert video in aid of it’s Christmas Challenge fundraising activities.
Watch the video here
News from our User Groups

We’ve recently been talking to community groups in Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda.
We’re sending DVD packs in several languages, with the aim that community groups (like Lebanon Community Center, pictured here) will work together to reach as many of the population as possible with simple le...

ACDK raises awareness of COVID-19, with the theme "usafi wa kwanza / Personal hygiene".
'We hope that the summary of our lessons on community education will help other communities to raise awareness among themselves in order to meet the health challenge by adapting it to the real needs and spec...
ACDK is a young organisation in DR Congo. Led by Jackson Byenda Kahalalo, they are teaching villagers to plant trees because the forests were desolated by the DRC militia...
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