About TME

Helen (World AIDS day event)
Helen Taylor Thompson, pictured in 2006, at an event hosted by the Cobra Foundation to mark World AIDS Day.

Thare Machi Education makes basic, life-saving information available to some of the world’s poorest people, especially women and children, in their own languages.

The initiative was begun by Helen Taylor Thompson after she grew alarmed at the increasing numbers of women who became HIV positive when poverty drove them into prostitution. Helen’s work with AIDS patients in Uganda and Kenya in the 1990s showed her the scale of the problem, and she realised that what was needed was a simple cost effective technology to deliver preventative education.

As a result, Thare Machi Education was registered as a charity and limited company in 2000. The name means “starfish” in the Marathi language of India, inspired by the story of a boy rescuing stranded starfish on a beach. We may not be able to make a difference to every person but we can each make a small difference to someone.

In 2002 we began work with our first local partners in India showing our lessons about HIV and AIDS. We now have 32 different lesson scripts, each of which is available in up to 60 languages. Our lessons have been seen by millions of people in countries throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South America. In 2008 we developed a lesson to help educate people about the threat from human trafficking in response to the growing numbers of people being forced into modern day slavery, and in 2014 our lesson “Avoiding Ebola” was introduced. We offer all our lessons free of charge for use wherever they are needed.

Registered Charity Number: 1080131
P. O. Box 4040
Leamington Spa
CV32 5YJ

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By Telephone:
+44 (0)1926 422711

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Thare Machi Education
P. O. Box 4040
Leamington Spa
CV32 5YJ

Our office is located in:
Althorpe Street,
Leamington Spa
CV31 2AU

If you’re planning to visit us we’d love to see you but we ask that you contact us first because our office is not always staffed and so that we can give you directions.