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A Change is Coming

In 2020, Thare Machi Education will have a new website, and a new name: “Education Saves Lives”.

2020 will see the 20th anniversary of the founding of Thare Machi Education. In that time we have:

  • created more than 1000 unique lessons about safer living in the local languages of communities all over the world
  • sent out more than 180,000 DVDs of our lessons
  • contributed to a 15% reduction in cases of human trafficking in Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • helped reduce cases of dengue fever by a reported 45% in Trichy District, India
  • given millions of people more control over their health, and the confidence to challenge the myths and stigma around many diseases

We’re pleased with the difference we have been able to make, BUT there are still communities where simple facts about disease, hygiene, human trafficking and other threats are unknown, leaving men, women and children at risk; our lessons are needed now as much as they were when we began.

By changing our name, we think it will be clearer to potential user groups, and to our supporters, what we actually do and why. Our website will also be changing to make it easier to use for groups who want to request DVDs and use online lessons. Look out for the new site going live in 2020.

Christmas Appeal 2019

For a number of reasons we decided in the end not to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge for 2019. However, if you would like to make a donation to our work, this Christmas you are very welcome to do so. Please see below to find out what your Christmas gift will help us to do, you can find more suggestions on our social media channels.

We are very aware that we have not yet been able to provide feedback about our Christmas 2018 appeal to raise funds for work in DR Congo. We are really sorry about this, as we know how important it is for donors to see the positive outcomes of their gifts. We’d like to be clear that this is purely the result of a set of badly-timed circumstances beyond our control which could not have been foreseen. It is still very much our intention to see this work completed with COFAPRI as the need is still there, and we hope to update you as soon as we can.

User feedback

Unifamily Organisation (pictured above) 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, and they requested our DVDs earlier in the year.

DVD lesson titles: Becoming a Woman, Becoming a Man and Safer Sex for Teenagers.

  • Date of viewing :  11th of november 2019.
  • How many people watched the disc?  72 Teenagers.
  • What sort of a group was it?  It was a group of teenagers including boys and girls aged 12 to 19.
  • Was the DVD relevant to your community?  Yes, the DVD was relevant to our community.
  • What was good about the DVD?  The good about the DVD was that it gives the teenagers good instructions on how to behave and abstain with the bad sex and say no to early sexual relation. Some of our participants are now aware of what they did not know before.
  • What was bad about the DVD?  There was no bad about the DVD.
  • Do you think people learned somethings through viewing this DVD?  YES.
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