Education Saves Lives

Education Saves Lives: reinvention project

Over the last 20 years we’ve given health education to an estimated 30 million people, all over the world, in their own language. We believe we can do even more in the next 20 but we must also adapt. Your gift will enable the reinvention of our work to meet the needs of a changing world.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1080131)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls


Multiple locations


COVID-19 has reminded us of the importance of clear, fact-based information for our health. A lack of knowledge around health can lead to many problems for vulnerable communities; life-saving messages can pass them by especially if they are not in their own language. The pandemic has added to the health burden in these places through poor nutrition, delays in immunisation, or anxiety about accessing health care. The need for simple lessons for safer living has never been greater.


We create and distribute interactive audio-visual lessons, in the viewer’s own language, to partners all over the world so that vulnerable communities can learn about health, and how to protect themselves. 20 years ago our founder, Helen Taylor Thompson, imagined that the “new” technology of DVDs could make health education accessible even to those who can’t read, and her vision has changed the lives of millions. We will build on this success and respond to the same needs in a new way.

  • I watched the human trafficking DVD and I learn many tricks of the trafficker. A neighbour ask my parent to take me to work at Bangkok, Thailand as a restaurant worker. My parent asked questions (about work permits and contracts) and the neighbour reply they don't need the worker anymore

    — Somali, 16 year old girl, Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Before I was a true smoker, and I could not know it was bad. I used to smoke because all the men here smoke. After I had watched the people in your stuff there, I learned that tobacco is harmful to our health; when we smoke, we also put our lives in danger. It is not easy to stop, but I am committed

    — Iragi Michel, DRC

  • I never saw such interesting thing like these disks. We have been watching many of them and they are all amazing with what they teach us. We also hear from our children that they also learn from them. Do you not see how well you are changing the lives of many in our villages here around?

    — Mr Kabumba Ildephone, Kabamba village, DRC