How You Can Help

September 9, 2016

Time for School 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.


The Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) is an Afghan women’s NGO founded in 1995 to help address the problem of poor access for Afghan women and children to education and health services. AIL trains teachers in interactive teaching methodologies that help students to develop critical thinking skills, and has supported 340 schools and learning centers (pre-school through post-secondary), providing education in core school subjects as well as student-requested classes such as literacy, tailoring, computer, English, health, women’s rights, leadership, democracy, and peace.

Under the Taliban, AIL supported 80 underground home schools for 3000 girls in Afghanistan. Today, AIL is using it curriculums to educate Afghans in remote areas over Radio Meraj. Using a grassroots, community-based approach, AIL is playing a major part in reconstructing education and is helping to bring peace, health and economic stability to the communities where it works. Since 1995, AIL’s education, training and health services have impacted over 13 million Afghans.

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Founded by longtime Time for School advisor and Benin native, Angelique Kidjo, the Batonga Foundation exists to empower young women and girls in Africa through secondary school and higher education. They aim to remove the obstacles that prevent or discourage girls from attending school so they can take the lead in transforming Africa!

The foundation is doing this by improving school infrastructure, increasing enrollment, granting scholarships, providing in-kind support and micro loans for scholars’ families, cultivating mentoring and tutoring programs, and advocating for community awareness of the value of education for girls.

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Project Favela is an American 501c3 organization providing educational services to children living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. With a soaring poverty index and scant educational opportunities, children living in the favelas have no route to opportunity or hope. Project Favela was founded in 2009 on the belief that quality education is the undeniable right of every child and that no child should be deprived of this just because they do not have access to it or the resources to realize their dreams.  Volunteer teachers who are committed to disrupting poverty through education teach over 100 children daily through programs for all age groups. All programs are community and child centric, designed to give families an opportunity to receive free educational programs to supplement what the local system attempts to provide.   All of our funding to date has been supplied through volunteer efforts and a few small donations from partner organizations.  Our current budget pays for the costs of operating an educational facility, accommodations for volunteers, transport, basic instructional support, and operational expenses typical of other small international NGOs. In short, we make magic with very little.

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Barefoot College, started in Rajasthan, India, has been working to improve the quality of life of the rural poor for more than forty years. Their efforts focus on basic needs: water, health, education, energy, environmental regeneration and gainful employment building on existing skills, while enrolling individuals in the processes that govern their lives.

The Barefoot College has designed new ways to nurture and support a journey to empowerment, one village at a time, one woman at a time. We demystify and decentralise technology and put new tools in the hands of the rural poor with a singular objective of spreading self-sufficiency and sustainability. With a geographic focus on the Least Developed Countries, we train women worldwide as solar engineers, innovators and educators, who then return to their villages to bring light and learning to their community.

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 The Women’s Education Project educates women of limited means to become knowledgeable, confident, self-reliant and responsible leaders. At WEP Centers in India, young women receive scholarships to local colleges. After the college day, they come to study in the library and computer lab, attend tutorials and enjoy daily nutritious snacks. On weekends and holidays, they attend I am a Leader workshops and field trips – a life-skills program designed and planned by the students themselves. Most importantly, they are a supportive community of friends who together discover confidence and their Voice.

WEP alumnae are college graduates. 64% have found employment as teachers, administrative assistants, NGO staff, nurses, accountants and computer operators. As a college graduate, they more than doubled their earning potential.

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Stated in Kibera, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) combats gender inequality and extreme poverty in urban slums by linking tuition free schools for girls to holistic social services for all. The SHOFCO model is centered around a school that provides a superior education with free healthcare, food, and psychosocial services. The school gives students the support they need to complete their education and the tools to find a path out of poverty for themselves and their families. Our girls are tomorrow’s leaders.

From the school, SHOFCO extends holistic community services beyond the families of students to the entire community. We identify the services people value most, like clean water, quality health care, and economic empowerment opportunities.

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Other Global Education Organizations:

At Building Tomorrow, we are a small organization made up of big desires. And, ultimately those desires are two-fold: first and foremost, we want to construct enough primary schools in East Africa so that every child with a desire to learn may do so in a quality learning environment. Secondly, we want to educate populations around the world on why having quality schools matters so much.

Because what we’ve found is that school is about more than reading and writing. School is what makes you, “you.” And the impact of not having a school is felt in every facet of a child’s life—from worldviews to life expectancy to likelihood of violence and prevalence of disease—having access to a school is the spark that begins to shape it all.  Which is why we build schools—to Build Tomorrows.

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