Education Saves Lives - Formerly Thare Machi Education

Covid 19 (Coronavirus) Online Lesson

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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!

Thare Machi Education has been tackling human trafficking since 2008, when we launched our human trafficking lesson in South Africa.

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“This is like magic, you look at it, you see nothing, but it has a lot of stories and people in it. This is giving us more hope and desire. We love what those people say, because it builds our confidence and courage for a better future, and we are learning new and good things here. You can now see that many come because we like this.” Ishamba villager.

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One Light Rwanda works in Musanze District in northern Rwanda.
‘TME Clubs have reached villages. One Light Rwanda distributed the DVDs to clubs of children. Children are good messengers….
We visit the families to talk about what they learnt from DVDs. Clubs are now running they only need to be reinforced and follow up.’

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Thare Machi Education was honoured to win the “Not-for-profit excellence” award at the 2018 Leamington Business Awards.

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The Association for Solidarity, Health and Social Assistance (ASASS) uses TME’s lessons to teach life skills and encourage behaviour change through their Learn Per View and Listening program.

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Our DVD lessons are on their way to Russia, thanks to our new user group, Love Russia.
Projects will be helped in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Ryazan.

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Our Hausa DVD lesson on Cholera was translated and recorded in 5 days and sent to Nigeria before the cholera outbreak claimed any more lives.

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We work towards the UN SDG of Climate Action by providing lessons on planting trees & making compost. We partner with organisations tackling climate issues.

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We work towards the UN SDG of Reduced Inequalities by providing lessons which empower women and girls to gain access to equal opportunities.

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We work towards the UN SDG of Decent Work and Economic Growth with lessons to help viewers to find decent & consistent work and contribute to their economy.

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We work towards the UN SDG of Clean Water and Sanitation by providing lessons which encourage sustainable and healthy water access.

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We work towards the UN SDG of Gender Equality by providing lessons which encourage girls to pursue all opportunities and for boys to support them.

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We work towards the UN SDG of Quality Education by providing lessons to ensure girls have equal education opportunities and all kids stay safe and healthy.

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We work towards the UN SDG of Good Health and Well-Being by providing lessons on health, diseases, addiction, family planning and sexualised violence

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We work towards the UN SDG of Zero Hunger by giving people the knowledge to provide for their families and lift themselves out of poverty.

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Our ultimate vision is a world without poverty. We work towards the UN SDG of No Poverty by equipping people with basic health and social education.

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Our new work in Afghanistan is progressing quickly, with 13 lessons already translated into Pashto.

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“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 Bushuke Primary School.

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Helen Taylor Thompson’s story told by the BBC for International Women’s Day 2018

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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 preferred to give powder milk to babies instead of breast feeding.”

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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.
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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.'
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.
Featured User Groups
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 v...
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...
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