Creating projects that give communities the tools to thrive
Creating projects that give communities the tools to thrive
Projects For All is a non-profit organisation, based in the UK and USA. We were founded in 2013 with the mission to empower communities facing human rights challenges by providing life-changing support and partnership, guided by respect, trust and community ownership. Every project we create is open source and designed to be owned and operated by the community, thus allowing its people to be the drivers of their own progression.
“We are really starting to see the true value of the Hello Hubs—and this is only the beginning."
As Project Manager of Hello World, Drew Edwards is at the heart of the organisation’s operations. He liaises with communities, government officials and suppliers, and he orchestrates logistics. "Every organisation in our sector is working with fewer resources than they need and carrying heavier workloads than they ought in the pursuit of worthy missions. Recently, we got a glimpse into the output of our work, seeing impact beginning to blossom." The Hubs have now become an integral part of each community’s education system. So successful have they been that parents and teachers alike are now pushing for the Hubs to play a bigger role in schools, which is exactly what was hoped for when the initial concept was formed.
Read more about the usage and impact of the Hello Hubs in our latest blog post.
How a TED Talk by Sugata Mitra inspired a school in the cloud for Africa, and beyond…
Three and a half years ago, Katrin Macmillan, Founder and CEO of Projects For All, watched the TED Prize 2013 talk by Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, in which he discussed his ‘Hole in the Wall’ research project and stated his ambition to build a ‘school in the cloud’. He wanted to find out if children who have little or no access to education could educate themselves, simply by having access to the Internet. The children exceeded his expectations – and his TED talk became the inspiration to start Project Hello World.
Watch Sugata Mitra and Katrin Macmillan talk about self-organised learning, Project Hello World and the Hello Hubs, outdoor solar-powered Internet kiosks that bring connectivity and education to children—and adults— in remote and marginalised communities.
Read more on the collaboration between Project Hello World and SOLE Central, Sugata Mitra’s centre for research and practice at Newcastle University, in our latest blog post.
Hello World builds solar powered, outdoor Internet kiosks in developing communities. We call them Hello Hubs, and each one gives underprivileged children and adults the power to educate themselves, communicate with others, and share their voices with the global community. Five Hello Hubs have been built so far, one in Nigeria and four in Uganda - and we want to build many more.
Project Our Heroes identifies the members of developing communities who are the most committed and best-positioned to create change, and empowers them to do just that. The program provides these heroes with a basic salary so they can focus on addressing the urgent problems around them, without distraction or hardship.
Find out more about Our Hero Gift, whose organisation Cesved fights to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of gender-based violence in Nigeria.
Project Hello World, together with their partners, war artist Arabella Dorman and crowdCaster, will support and encourage children in refugee camps across Europe and the Middle East to tell and share their story – and that way, give them a chance to rebuild their identity.
Using painting, photography and audio recordings, the project will establish multisensory art programs so the children can share their past, their present and their hopes for the future with the global world.
We are currently fundraising for Refugee Voices. If you would like to support the project, please contact us or send a donation. Thank you.
There is no more lasting legacy than giving the gift of a school to the children of a community. Projects For All has a strong and personal connection to Kidubuli, where we have built a Hello Hub in 2015. Knowing that with modest funds many hundreds of lives, over many generations, could be improved, we have decided to build a school for the Kidubuli. As part of Project Our Heroes, we have partnered with Being the Blessing Foundation to raise the funds needed to design, build and maintain a new, fully equipped primary school – a school that is inclusive, offers quality co-education for boys and girls, and can also cater for special needs.
Every month, millions of girls in developing countries are dropping out of school due to a completely natural event: menstruation. But having their period should not result in missing out on education. The reality, however, shows that girls who have no access to sanitary pads feel embarrassed going to school. They rather stay at home than risking being exposed when blood stains their clothes. The simple but very effective solution: handmade, reusable sanitary pads. Projects For All supports Project rePAD in Uganda in their mission to train girls (and boys!) to make sanitary pads, and to educate them on important topics like sexual and reproductive health.
For more information please contact Nathan Okiror.
As part of our Project Bottles to Buildings, we trained village locals to build complete housing structures using only recycled bottles. The bottles were collected from local hotels, restaurants, homes and embassies and were filled with sand to create "mud bricks". The first prototype was built in Kaduna, Nigeria, and is still up and running, and the craft has been carried forward to many communities.
See our Press page for more information.
Through Project Bwari Soap Co. we trained a small number of women in soap and shea butter production and product development. The project set out in 2009 at the Bwari Pottery Village in Nigeria, with modest aspirations to support women with an immediate impact on their own lives. It has since grown from a single idea to the development of a strong community business, creating jobs for local women in the process.