“Vulnerable communities across the world deserve connectivity, access to information and opportunities to learn.”
Hello World provides educational resources and Internet connectivity to isolated and vulnerable communities. We do this by building solar-powered, outdoor Internet kiosks— we call them ‘Hello Hubs’—so that underprivileged children and adults can educate themselves, communicate with others, and have a voice in the global community.
Hello World is the flagship project of Projects For All, a non-profit organisation, based in the UK and US. Our mission is 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 progress.
At Projects For All, we don’t do development work, we build development partnerships. And we are proud that our approach is highly unique in the development sector. We will never embark on a project until we have worked and lived with the communities we are seeking to partner with. We truly believe that for communities to be empowered and to overcome the barriers they face, the most important approach is one that respects their autonomy and expertise whilst offering the leverage they identify as missing.
This approach means that we do not build Hello Hubs for our communities. Instead, we teach them how to build, maintain and repair them, with our support. We also ask community members to invest in their Hello Hub by giving their time, skills, labour and land to the project.
Our values are the foundation for the way we interact with communities, partners, funders, and each other.
They ensure that everything we do is aligned to bring education to those who need it the most.
Hello World has been designed to be respectful of the individuals with whom we work over a prolonged time, to understand their most pressing needs, as well as their challenges. Community members are fully involved throughout the process of developing, building and maintaining a Hello Hub.
Community-led development is at the heart of Project Hello World. It ensures sustainability, social accountability, and security. A Hello Hub belongs to the community we built it with. The members of the community work with us to help assess the problem, they receive training, and ultimately they take over the project.
The Hello Hub technology and methods are open source. Take them, make them, improve them, spread them—with causes this important, the more minds the better. Open source access encourages further learning among community members, but it also means that a new project can be initiated in other communities, too.
Mutual trust is the foundation for community-led development projects. We trust in the shared interest of every individual member to improve the collective community, and they trust Hello World to deliver the best possible solution for their needs. Such a partnership must ensure that everyone has equal access to the Hello Hubs.
Hello Hubs give children—and adults—the opportunity to explore the world’s body of knowledge, guided by their natural curiosity and desire to learn. The Hubs allow them to share their stories, play online with friends around the world and discover what it means to be a global citizen. Exploration is a key factor for individuals to become instruments of their own progress.