• Arist Foundation

    We're democratizing education with text message learning.

  • Meet Mohammed.


    In September 2018, Mohammed Al-Adlani, a high school student in war-torn Sana'a, Yemen, reached out to Michael and Riley (two of Arist's co-founders) explaining the dire educational situation in Yemen.


    Our entire team was deeply inspired by Mohammed's activism and passion for learning, and realized that we needed to do something to help.


  • Arist started with a simple realization.​


    Michael and Riley began exploring ways to teach entrepreneurship to teens in a conflict zone halfway around the world.


    A few obstacles stood in the way: because of international embargoes, sending books to Yemen was impossible. Furthermore, only 30% of students in Yemen had regular access to the internet.


    Nearly every student, however, had access to text messages. Michael and Riley quickly realized the power of text message education, both domestically and in distant war zones.

  • Our Model

    While only 57% have access to high-bandwidth internet, 69% have a mobile phone.

    From creation to distribution, these key resources make our dreams a reality.


    Non-Profit Partners

    Working with key non-profits and community leaders around the world, Arist’s team decides what type of content would be most effective and where it would do the most good.


    Content Creators

    Taking the most popular requests for learning, Arist works with professors, thought leaders, and professionals to create text-message based courses.


    Course Delivery

    Based on the region and needs of students, Arist works to find out the best method and technology for delivering education, whether that be through FB Messenger, WhatsApp, or classic SMS.

  • Meet Sarah:

    Jiwo Paro - which means “Let’s Do It Together” - uses Arist to teach women in Kenya financial literacy. This is Sarah, an entrepreneur with impaired hearing, who was able to expand her business with her newly learned (via text) financial tools and skills.

    Arist for Dreamers

    With Lori and Steve Leveen's major financial contribution, Harvard Professor Maria-Luisa Parra is now generating needed content for Dream In Mexico to distribute. Her course content will soon reach and help over 400 deported teenagers now living in rough conditions in Mexico.

  • By giving $5, we can provide a 30-day text-message course to a disconnected student for free.