Education Saves Lives - Formerly Thare Machi Education

Covid 19 (Coronavirus) Online Lesson

Free, interactive, online lesson in many languages. Watch now or help us spread the word.
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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!

To mark the UN’s Universal Children’s Day 2017 we are pleased to launch two new online lessons.

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We are delighted that the report into an evaluation of our lessons, carried out in Rwanda, has finally been published.

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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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COFAPRI in DRC organised handwashing sessions for school children and mothers in rural villages, with the aid of our educational DVDs. ‘The word has begun to spread as neighbours are now prompting each other to wash their hands.’

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We sent one of our handheld voice recording kits (funded by the Isle of Man Government) to Rwanda, for use by our grassroots user groups to make new recordings.

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Yann Hausammann, who’s previously worked in our UK office, travelled to Kenya to set up the computers and train some volunteers – here’s his report…

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John Hacker is one of Thare Machi Education’s trustees. In order to raise money for us he’s chosen to do a fairly unusual sponsored walk…

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”We madly love this big mirror with moving and speaking people.”
COFAPRI first connected with Thare Machi Education in October 2014.
COFAPRI works in the rural mountain villages of eastern DR Congo. Co-founder Mugisho Theophile reports…

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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
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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