Education Saves Lives - Formerly Thare Machi Education

Covid 19 (Corona Virus) Online Lesson

An online lesson based on the latest advice from the World Health Organisation as of March 2020.
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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.
  • 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!

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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World Water Day, on the 22nd March, is an opportunity to think about our relationship with water, and how profoundly it affects all areas of our lives.

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The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, #BalanceForBetter, links directly to the new lesson that the team at TME has been working on, entitled ‘Protecting Women and Girls’.

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The 4th of February is World Cancer Day. Did you know that 70% of all deaths from cancer occur in low to middle income countries?

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We are delighted to announce that as of January 21, TME has become a part of the Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation.

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The realities of Human Trafficking are depicted in a new film about India where 270 women are trafficked every single day,

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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
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.
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.
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...
Featured User Groups
In collaboration with One Light Rwanda, our lessons were seen by more than one million people in 25 disctricts of Rwanda, from January 2014 to Dec 2017, with encouraging feedback: “We knew that feed breasting is good but we ignored it as we wanted to have breasts of small size to stay young, we ...
The Goodwill Social Work 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...

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.
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