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.
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.
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.
Taking the most popular requests for learning, Arist works with professors, thought leaders, and professionals to create text-message based courses.
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.
By giving $5, we can provide a 30-day text-message course to a disconnected student for free.