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.

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