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Our Mission

1-in-5 children is not in school and this needs to change. Education is the only way to level the playing field for all children, no matter where they were born.

Remote locations, rundown schools, lack of funding, not enough locally-based teachers and transport issues are all contributing factors that mean education is difficult to come by. We have a solution, tried and tested…

Hello World is helping solve the global education deficit by working with the most marginalised communities to build state-of-the-art, outdoor Internet Hubs. Each Hub provides free internet access and world-class educational software to over 1,000 people, giving underprivileged children and adults an education and a voice in the global community.

It’s called the world-wide-web and it’s about time that was true.

Tech For Good

We’ve developed state-of-the-art, solar-powered, outdoor Internet kiosks called Hello Hubs…

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1 Hello Hub = 1,000 people
An average of 1,000 children have access to the world’s educational resources via 1 hub. In comparison to 1 teacher with 30 children in a classroom.
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Built by the community, not for
What’s more, we don’t build these Hubs, the communities do. With our help, they learn to build, maintain and repair the Hubs becoming engineers who can go on to build future Hubs. It’s a self-sustaining model that relies on mutual investment and radically challenges traditional thinking about development.
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A Shared Curriculum
The Hello Hub is pre-loaded with quality educational software that’s up-to-date with the rest of the world. That means every Hello World child can follow a curriculum, get qualified and keep up with children anywhere in the world, no matter where they live.

What We Do/The Benefits

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Self-Directed Learning

Education isn’t just kids in a classroom, nor is it a teacher or book. It’s all of these things, driven by a sense of autonomy. We know that if a child doesn’t have the tools to take charge of their own future, they’ll never be able to change it.

The World Is Yours

We don’t build our Hello Hubs for communities. With our help, they build them themselves and also learn how to maintain and repair them. It’s a self-sustaining model that relies on mutual investment and radically challenges traditional thinking about development.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha had it right. We firmly believe in listening to the people we partner with. It’s the base level of respect we all expect and marginalised communities are no different. If there’s an issue, we take feedback on board and pivot when necessary.

Sky's The Limit

By empowering our Hello World communities, we turn them into engineers who can go on to build future Hubs. The gift of education can be repaid exponentially across the planet.

Stay On-Trend

Our Hello Hubs run world-class educational software that’s up-to-date with the rest of the world. That means our kids can follow a curriculum, get qualified and keep up with children anywhere in the world, no matter where they live. Time to close that gap for good.

Growth Potential

Look no further, we’re the best-unlimited plan in the World. One Hub provides unlimited internet access for over 1500 people. They’re WiFi enabled, solar powered and have touch screens for multi-person access at the same time.

Self-Directed Learning

Education isn’t just kids in a classroom, nor is it a teacher or book. It’s all of these things, driven by a sense of autonomy. We know that if a child doesn’t have the tools to take charge of their own future, they’ll never be able to change it.

The World Is Yours

We don’t build our Hello Hubs for communities. With our help, they build them themselves and also learn how to maintain and repair them. It’s a self-sustaining model that relies on mutual investment and radically challenges traditional thinking about development.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha had it right. We firmly believe in listening to the people we partner with. It’s the base level of respect we all expect and marginalised communities are no different. If there’s an issue, we take feedback on board and pivot when necessary.

Sky's The Limit

By empowering our Hello World communities, we turn them into engineers who can go on to build future Hubs. The gift of education can be repaid exponentially across the planet.

Stay On-Trend

Our Hello Hubs run world-class educational software that’s up-to-date with the rest of the world. That means our kids can follow a curriculum, get qualified and keep up with children anywhere in the world, no matter where they live. Time to close that gap for good.

Growth Potential

Look no further, we’re the best-unlimited plan in the World. One Hub provides unlimited internet access for over 1500 people. They’re WiFi enabled, solar powered and have touch screens for multi-person access at the same time.
“Do you know what you have done for these girls' future? You have connected them to the world and hence opened up opportunities for them - there is so much that they can know.”
Esther Omongele, Uganda.

The Journey So Far

Soap and Plastic

While living in Nigeria, Hello World founder Katrin works on a number of social enterprise projects. Two standouts include the Bwari Soap Co and a house built entirely from recycled plastic bottles! A key lesson for Katrin (which will later inform Hello World) is that the projects that work are down to the leadership role that local communities played in their success. An interest in the power of communities to drive their own development was sparked.

Forgotten Classrooms

In a visit to one of the world’s most remote tribes, the Hamar Tribe of South Omo, Ethiopia, Katrin becomes interested in the idea of providing education in places where it’s difficult to retain teachers. After seeing yet another derelict school building that can’t be maintained and a community to which no teachers would go, she starts thinking about possible solutions.

An Electric Idea

Katrin sees Sugata Mitra’s TED Talk on the power of child-led learning. This could be the answer she has been looking for. She becomes excited that this approach could solve the widespread lack of teachers and schools.
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DIY

Hello World is born. We took lessons from Sugata's initial experiment - involving communities in the design and building of their computer kiosks. "The Ikea effect": building something for yourself significantly increases the value you place on it.
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A plan is hatched

Katrin drops Sugata a cold-call (remember him from the TED talk?) to tell him about what she’s been up to. Weeks later they’re sharing ideas on how to partner up and take Hello World even further.
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Hello Nigeria

In late 2013, the first Hello World pilot is launched in Suleja, Nigeria. The first computer terminals can survive dust storms, monsoon rain and children tapping away day and night, and we’re pretty darn excited about them.

Hello Uganda

With support from our first major backers, Hello World builds four Hubs in Uganda.
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Sugata's Support

Sugata Mitra inspired Hello World and has been a crucial advisor and mentor. Whilst speaking about Hello World, Sugata said, "Hello Hub, to me, is like the grandchild of the Hole in the Wall, 16 years later…."
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Tweet and they will come

A tweet about Hello World leads to link-up with the phenomenal design team at Avenues: The World School in NYC. Avenues have now taken on the improved design of Hello World 2.0.

A New Adventure

After a break for Katrin to have her third child and support Tom through cancer treatment, the Hello World team is back together for a new adventure. This time: Nepal.
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A New Hub

A new hub configuration comes together, as the prototype of the Dome Hub is built in under 2 hours!
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Hello Dome launches in Nepal and Uganda!

Hello World comes to Nepal and Uganda! The Hello Hub design 2.0 is launched in Nepal in January. Over the year, with our local team, 9 hubs were built in the Nepalese mountains. In the Autumn, we took the Hubs to our first refugee settlement, in Uganda to build 8 more.

Increasing the Impact at each Hub, and scaling to reach more communities.

The Hello World teams in Uganda and Nepal are building more Hubs, and working with our 23 existing Hub communities on vocational skills training, women’s empowerment, online mentoring and rolling out the Onebillion literacy and numeracy software to homes with the Hub Heroes program.
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