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September 21st, 2009
Time for School Series
How You Can Help

WIDE ANGLE viewers often ask what they can do to help. It is our policy not to give out personal contact information of people appearing in our programs to viewers or anyone else. We do offer a short list below of organizations working to promote education in the countries featured in Time for School. We offer this as a resource to viewers. We are not affiliated with any of the organizations listed, nor do their views represent our own or those of PBS.


Central Asia Institute
Promotes and supports community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
The oldest organization of Afghan women struggling for peace, freedom, democracy and women’s rights; has run clandestine literacy programs and home-based schools for women, and hopes to start building “free and modern” schools – especially for women – in the future.

Mercy Corps
Global relief and development organization that helps people build secure, productive and just communities, including agricultural schools in Afghanistan that teach modern farm practices.


FADEC (Femmes Actrices de Développement Communautaire/Women Actors in Community Development)
FADEC works with Nanavi, the Beninese student in Time for School, and other girls in her village, to improve access to education. Email:

Batonga Foundation
Created by Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo to support both secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa.


Two Brothers Foundation
Provides educational opportunities in Rocinha, one of the biggest favelas in Rio de Janeirio, through local and international community service and cultural exchange.

Viva Rio
One of the major NGOs in Rio de Janeiro that is fighting the growing armed violence, social exclusion and poor education in Rio’s lowest income neighborhoods, like Rocinha.


Sumerian Foundation
Works to eliminate long term poverty to some of the world’s most vulnerable children through the building of social enterprise and development programs. In the past, the Sumerian Foundation has provided resources to Ayany Primary school, the school that Joab attends in Time for School.

Children of Kibera
Started by a Kibera-born U.S. high school teacher to provide educational opportunities for orphans and vulnerable children in Nairobi’s largest slum, Kibera.

Kenya Krew
After watching Time for School, a group of students from Lawrence Middle School in Long Island, NY, wanted to do something to help Joab, the Kenyan boy in the film, and his classmates at Ayany Primary School in Nairobi. After conferring with Joab’s teacher about the school’s needs, they decided to raise money to build a library for the school. They have raised $8000 towards their goal of $15,000. To contribute to this project, send your donation to the attention of Karen Weiner (the Lawrence Middle School teacher who sponsors the organization) at:
Lawrence Middle School
195 Broadway
Lawrence, NY 11559.
Include the words “Kenya Krew” in the memo line.


Barefoot College
Operating on the principle that “solutions to rural problem lie within the community,” the organization seeks to improve, girls’ education, health & sanitation, rural unemployment, and environmental issues.

Established in 1994 to provide education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city, Pratham now reaches millions of children living both in rural and urban areas, providing pre-school education, reading and literacy programs, vocational training, early childhood care, and urban learning centers.


Building Tomorrow
Building Tomorrow works with students in the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for the education of underserved children in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Orquidea

    Is there any way that I can directly send school supplies to these students or do I neccessarily have to go through the organization?

    Thank you

  • Khadijja

    Is it at all possible to send items and supplies directly to one of the participants in the show Time For school 3? I was particularly interested in the 15yr. old boywho lost his mother at the young ageof 28. I feel as if he could use the resources since he is caring for his 2 youngest siblings. an urgent response would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached via e-mail. Thank you!!

  • April

    I second that question. I would prefer to send school supplies. How can that be done?

  • TM

    I feel as Khadijja, is their a way I can send items/supplies directly to Joab. Please email me.

  • Cynthia

    I as well would like to send whatever I can directly to Joab the 15yr old boy caring for his two siblings, please tell me how I can do this. I can be reached by way of e-mail. Thank you.

  • Karlo

    I would like to help Joab and Nanavi directly with perhaps a monthly stipend. How can this be done?

  • Kelly

    Yes, I third. I would like to support the school directly as well as if possible, provide something for Joab and his siblings.

  • Gabrielle

    Check out to send supplies…

  • Ken Okoth

    To help orphans and vulnerable children like Joab in Kibera, you can make donations to the Children of Kibera Foundation, which focuses solely on educational opportunities like sponsorships, scholarships, feeding programs and other school improvement initiatives. our staff in Kibera is talking with Joab’s school to see if we can come up with a plan for channeling assistance received on his behalf before we promise all the concerned viewers that we will do it. Once we know for sure that we have a good plan to help Joab and his siblings, we will post it on our website and blog so you can begin to send specific donations for what is needed to make life better. is our website. Thanks for your generosity!

  • Susan Henry

    Mr. Okoth – If possible, could you organization somehow also tell Joab personally how much his story has touched people around the world, and how much admiration we have for him? It would be simple for a boy in his circumstances to be bitter, to give up, to not care, and yet he seems so determined and so responsible. One of his teachers said she wants him to grow up to be a great man, and he seems to have what it takes. He needs to know that many people are behind him. (And, of course, we need to give money to help make it happen!)

  • Ken Okoth

    Susan –
    I will print out some of the messages and give them to Joab. The Wide Angle people gave him a copy of the season 2 DVD and he has seen that at school. Knowing he has people who believe in him will be very helpful too. And when I get back from Nairobi we will have a good plan to really help him move in with another family to a nicer home and still be able to go to the same school, and if folks make generous donations, for about USD10k we can make sure he is fully funded to the end of high school in Kenya. Next year will be critical as he prepares for the 8th grade exam, but we know he will be successful. Check out our blog, we’ll post photos there next week and perhaps a message direct from him to the supporters around the world. — Yours truly, Ken

  • Jii Air

    I would like to help Joab and Nanavi DIRECTLY with perhaps a monthly stipend. How can this be done?

  • Karen Weiner

    Kudos to Wide Angle for the wonderful work they have done once again in ‘Time for School 3′ and in the entire series! I am a teacher on Long Island & the advisor of Kenya Krew, and I wanted to jump in to respond to some of the wonderful responses from so many of you. If you would like to assist the children of Ayany Primary School (Joab’s school), my students and I would welcome your donations to our project!

    I’m thrilled to see that so many people were spurred to action by Joab’s story — it is truly heart-wrenching, and he is an incredible inspiration.

    The group my students and I have started, Kenya Krew, is aimed at building a school library at Ayany Primary School (as many of you have read on Wide Angle’s website). We have raised about $8000 toward our goal of $15,000, but some of that money has been used to replace the desks in the 7th grade classroom at Ayany, and to create a temporary Reading Room for the students until the library is constructed. Therefore, we may actually end up having to raise more than the original $15,000 — we are in the process of reassessing the amount.

    We have been working closely with the principal of Joab’s school, and as you can see on the website, we have developed tran-Atlantic friendships with the Ayany children through our pen pal activities. While donations to Kenya Krew would not go directly to Joab and his siblings, they would benefit all of the children of Ayany, many of whose stories are equally compelling and inspirational. If you are interested in contributing to our Kenya Krew project, you may send your donation to my attention at Lawrence Middle School, 195 Broadway, Lawrence, NY 11559. Checks should be made to Lawrence Middle School, with “Kenya Krew” written in the Memo line. We wire money directly from our account to Joab’s school, so that we are assured that the money ends up where it is intended.

    Ken, your organization sounds like it is doing wonderful work — I would certainly be interested in connecting with you by phone or email to discuss further our shared interest in working with the children of Kibera.

    Thank you all for your interest in Joab, his siblings and all of the children of Kibera. Please feel free to respond to my posting if you have any questions regarding Kenya Krew, and of course we welcome your donations to our cause!

    Best wishes to all,
    Karen Weiner, Kenya Krew advisor (NY)

  • Clenton Goff

    How can we get a copy of this episode in DVD format?

  • Wide Angle

    Unfortunately Time for School 3 is not available on DVD, but the full episode can be viewed online at:

    Some WIDE ANGLE programs, including the original Time for School and Back to School, are available on DVD for educational use only and can be purchased from Films Media Group:

  • Ken Okoth

    Hi Karen (Long Island School/Kenya Krew) — you guys are doing an amazing project with the plans to build the library at Ayany Primary. Feel free to email me contact AT childrenofkibera DOT org and we can continue some discussions on how to help the school and Joab.

    Thanks to you and your students for your great work.


  • beatrice


    Thank you so much for for your great documentary.
    My children and I watched the 2006 installment and really felt we learnt about worlds of which we had very little knowledge.
    This time I will watch with my children and their friends. I’m sure we will have a lot to talk about afterward.

    I read many comments from people who want to help.
    It can be frustrating to go through an organization when you know the names of individuals who need help but it does not always help to give directly to a person.

    Several years ago I was part of a group who received a call to help a farmer in Malawi. This person, like Joab, is the kind of person who you want to help immediately. Several people helped and his situation improved but the rest of the village became jealous and suddenly, the man we tried to help and his family were no longer safe.

    In Joab’s case, I would fear all the help would not go to him and his siblings as was the case with the vegetables he received at school but also, there might be other students in his school and neighborhood who are just as deserving.

    I would love to hear more about the progress(if any is being made) on reaching the goal to give a basic education to all children by 2015 (?).

    thanks again.


  • ken Okoth

    Dear Friends –
    I am in Nairobi, going to visit Joab at school tomorrow and speak with his teachers about some needs and any way to best help him. A lot of people have said they were touched by his story and would like to help, I will have to be careful how I explain that because there just are no guarantees. For example, we’ve received only two donations from all the people who said they want to help Joab — one was $50 and the other $15 — so there are risks in two ways, overpromising help that never comes, and the risk of not handling the help that comes in a way that is safe and “healthy” for Joab and his siblings and the other chidren at his school and in his neighborhood who are in similar needy circumstances. Thanks to the two people who made the $65 donations so far, it will probably help in getting Joab and his siblings some school uniform items, or shoes, or books that he needs. Anyone who would still like to help, please visit and send us a message! Sincerley, Ken

  • Jessica

    I too would like to know how to get a monthly stipend to Joab and his siblings. When I saw this episode I was so heartbroken and still am for Joab. Such a wonderful youngman to take care of his siblings while his dad has left them to start another family. Ken if you could please let Joab know we are all wishing him the best in life! He is such a smart, strongwilled young man. His siblings are so lucky to have a big brother like him. It seems he has had so many hardships and while most young men his age would have given up by now Joab seems to power through.

  • Joseph

    Congratulations all of you who helped to put this program together. I would like purchase a copy of this particular to show to my community in Ghana where I have already built a school for second cyle children as a gift to the community. The people need to view such films to encourafge them to support any such efforts to help the needy children. Thanks

  • Nick

    Hello Wide Angle! Just saw my first episode last night and wanted to infer if there would be anyway of doing hands on work with some of the kids? Im a anthropology student and and very interested in learning more about all of what Wide Angle and PBS has to offer. Cheers!

  • isabel

    is the documentary available in Spanish?

  • Don Hill

    The young boy, Jefferson, in Brazil touched my heart as the children touched all our hearts. I have been praying for Jefferson and his family. How can I help him?

  • Hannah

    Is there a way that I can help Nanavi, Joab and his siblings directly? I would like to try to help them with the things that they need such as the school fees, uniforms, school supplies, food and other things that they’ll need for their homes… Is there a way that I can do this?

  • Kim

    Hi, I was trying to follow up with Ken’s suggestion to contact Children of Kibera and send a message, but the website seems to not send my email request in. I am interested in helping to support Joab and his siblings on a monthly basis. Can you please let me know how else I can get in touch? thanks

  • Ken Okoth

    Dear Hannah and Kim — Please visit our website again, it’s working now. We have been helping Joab and his siblings since last year, he is almost completing 8th grade in November, and will need help to go to high school in February 2011. Any help you can send will make a difference. We have provided after-school tutoring, food for dinner and breakfast, and a safe space to join other children in camp activities — music, art, games, computers — during school vacations. Thanks.

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