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. 

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“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