Friday, December 18, 2015

Medical MOT for the Kano State Orphans



In mid November Ripples travelled back to Kabo, Kano State to revisit the group of 100 orphaned children currently in the care of the Kano State Government. When we first met these young boys back in the summer we vowed to do everything we could to help them, so true to our word, we held a Medical MOT for the group a few weeks ago. We also provided a number of donations of clothing to assist the government in caring for the boys.

The Medical MOT went well and we found that most of the boys were in good health. Many boys simply needed a form of counselling due to the huge amount of trauma they have gone through in their short lives. These boys were orphaned due to the violence currently escalating in Northern Nigeria by extremist group Boko Haram and have seen things that no-one should ever have to see, let alone children.



The young boy pictured below was the most distressing case we saw that day. He was shot through the mouth by Boko Haram terrorists and now has trouble speaking due to the complications from that horrific injury. Ripples CEO Anne Phillips describes him as being very withdrawn and noted that she could see the anger in his eyes when speaking with him. We would love to be able to help this boy smile again. He desperately needs expert medical help in the form of surgery to correct this problem, so if you know of anyone who could be of assistance in getting this boy the treatment that he deserves, please let us know in the comments below.




As well as holding a Medical MOT, our team also distributed donations of clothing and sports equipment to the children to aid the Kano State Government in caring for them. Most of their clothes are standard shirts and trousers given to them by the government so it was nice to see them given some new t-shirts to wear and we hope that they will enjoy them.




We provided the group with sports equipment such as footballs, netball bibs and goalkeeper gloves that they can use to enjoy during their stay. Although these donations do not directly contribute to reducing poverty in the lives of these children, the enjoyment that they will get out of our donations is absolutely worth the trip.

We will be updating you all with the progress of these boys over the coming months as well as connecting with other groups of orphans in the surrounding areas to see what we can do for them also. It is truly heartbreaking seeing what the violence that has forced its way into their communities has done to these children, and we can only hope that we can help them enjoy the reminder of their childhoods in peace.

To donate to a Medical MOT and make change happen in communities such as Kabo, please visit http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/medicalmot 

Thank you.


Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

4,000 Views!



Another milestone reached! Thanks to everyone who has read our posts so far, we hope to keep publishing interesting stories from our work on the ground in Africa for you all to enjoy.
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Living With Terrorism: Kano



Peace is a fundamental human right. Over the past 4 years, the once peaceful state of Kano, Nigeria has been ravaged by terrorist attacks from Boko Haram. The local media will report these attacks, the international media will mention the attack in passing, pictures of the devastation are posted all over the social media, not mindful of how the affected people must pick up their lives after the dust has settled.

Each time there's an attack, it is a period of chaos, mayhem, blood and death. Healthcare workers work overtime to bring succour to the affected. When the attack happens, messages are sent by various regulatory bodies and unions to mobilise doctors and health workers to provide the manpower in this time of crisis. As news of the attack spreads, the town people also respond through donations which include blood, medication, food and clothing.

Although, as Health Providers, we cannot allow sentiments to hinder us from doing our jobs, there are incidences that are permanently seared in our minds, One of such is the story of a young girl who came to see me in the Surgical outpatient clinic. She was a student at Federal College of Education, Kano. She was in such a hurry to get back to class that she forgot some of her tests. I decided to call her after the clinic. By then news had reached us that Boko Haram had attacked the school. I kept calling her but couldn't reach her. As the victims started arriving at the hospital I saw a friend of hers that was with her at the clinic. She told me that she was shot at the gate and that she died immediately. I also remember a set of twin baby girls that were also shot dead together with their mother who was also a student. Another mind-numbing story was that of a young pregnant woman that was shot through the abdomen immediately killing her unborn baby. The mother was rushed into surgery and her father was asked to donate his blood as she had lost a lot of blood. What the father said, I'll remember until the day I die. He said, "I'll donate the blood, but give it to someone else who has a chance, my daughter will not survive." The surgery was successful, but as if the father had a premonition, she passed away around 3am that night.

Another gut clenching experience we had was with the dead bodies. Our mortuary doesn't have the capacity to handle such a magnitude of human remains, so the remains have to be piled up one on top of another. Most of them were in pieces. There was blood everywhere; I had nightmares for months. As if all this wasn't enough, the two major hospitals that handle these victims were targeted by suicide bombers. Luckily their attempts were thwarted and they were not able to detonate the bombs.

The worst attack we had in Kano so far was the attack on the Central mosque. Being a Friday, thousands of people went to the mosque for Friday prayers. Because of its close proximity to the hospital, a lot of our male staff were at the mosque that day. Thankfully none of them were killed and only a few sustained minor injuries. Immediately after the attack the doctors didn't have time to catch their breaths, they started instituting life saving techniques to the injured victims. One doctors described the incidence as "like a war zone." The carnage that day was unimaginable. It was as if we were in a horror movie. The entire ordeal wasn't for the faint of heart. Most of the victims were little boys and girls. I was working at the pediatric surgical ward, the ward was full. One of the little ones that touched my life was a 2 year old, who witnessed the death of his two older brothers. He sustained first degree burns to the abdomen and lower limbs. I can't imagine the despair of his mother as she had two sons on admission and two dead. His recollection of the incidence will make your skin crawl. To hear of the ordeal from the perspective of a 2 year old will make you shed tears.

When we went to pay our condolences to the families of the victims, we visited more than thirty houses before giving up. Even the gravediggers were overworked and tired. For almost every house within the vicinity of the mosque lost someone, some more than others. There was a woman who was widowed by the attack and she lost all five of her offspring. She eventually had a stroke and then passed away.

At the end of the day, we retire home with mixed feelings: feelings of joy for the lives we saved, feelings of sadness for the lives we lost, and feelings of doom for what was to come.



This was the attack that was meant to be the end of Kano. But it didn't. The Emir of Kano, His Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II came back immediately from his trip and gave a most invigorating speech to the people of Kano. He said that if the attackers meant to instill fear in us, they have failed. He gave us renewed hope. He led the Magrib prayer in the same mosque on the same day. The following Friday he also led the Friday prayer and the mosque saw an influx of worshippers more than it has ever seen since its construction. The youth were mobilised to give security during prayers.

In the middle of one devastation after another, we were mindful of the plight of our soldier who were at the frontier of these terrorist attacks and were being killed every single day. Most of the teaming populace were were placing the blame on the inexperience of these young officers. Unbeknownst to us, they were also victims of the ineptitude of the immediate past administration. They were sent to battle with insufficient and outdated weapons. Sometimes they even share ammunition. Their allowances were not paid.

On the 9th of February 2015, my family has a rude awakening. Terror has struck home. 31 year old Captian Usman Aliyu fell to the bullets of terrorist while defending Nigeria. Our sense of despair was immutable and it all came as a shock to us because when he was posted to Maidugurihe he didn't have the heart to tell us. He said he had been posted to Gombe. He was the commanding officer on the battlefield that day and they didn't have enough ammunition. None of his other team members made it out that day. He was shot on the head, neck and thigh; all deadly shots meant to kill. Clearly the work of a well-trained sniper.

It's been months now, but the loss is still fresh in our hearts and remains as painful as ever. We'll miss the brother, the son, the man that loved and embraced everyone around him, the man that died fighting for his country, his beliefs and his religion. We'll mourn the man whom we lost so tragically, but we'll remember him as he deserves to be remembered, a hero who lived on the fearless edge of what was possible.

My prayer is that God brings an end to this avalanche of carnage and madness. Prayer is the greatest weapon we have.

*Dr Maryam Nasir Aliyu is currently volunteering with Ripples Foundation and using her medical experience to help us deliver Medical MOT events to communities in Kano State. One such event included treating young boys who were orphaned by Boko Haram's violence, as seen in the photos featured here. We would like to take this time to thank Dr Maryam for the invaluable help she has provided and for sharing her deeply emotional story here with us.
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Our Favourite Christmas Facts From Around The World





Christmas is celebrated in countries all over the world, but we each have our own quirky traditions that make our celebrations unique. Here are a few of our favourites!

1. Canada

Canada Post recognises the address: Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, HOHOHO. Any letters sent to this address are opened and replied to!



2. UK

Many cultures use Christmas as a time to really make an effort with their clothing and appearance when attending formal Christmas occasions with work colleagues, friends or family. However in the UK it has become tradition to wear a 'Christmas jumper', where you wear the silliest jumper you can find - often complete with flashing reindeer antlers or 3D snowman noses! There are even competitions in workplaces across the country to find who has the best jumper!


3. South Africa

On Christmas Day some South Africans will tuck into a festive delicacy, the deep-fried caterpillars of the Emperor Moth...


4. Ghana

After church on Christmas Eve, joyful processions form and ramble through the streets led by bands of musicians. Children dash about singing "Egbona hee, egogo vo!" - "Christ is coming, he is near!"


5. Iceland



Children in Iceland leave their shoes on their window sill for the 13 nights before Christmas Eve. This is because for the 13 nights before Christmas they will be visited by one of Iceland's 13 Santas - the Yule Lads. If the children have been good, they may be left a small treat, a sweet or a chocolate - but if they are bad, they will be left a raw potato in their shoe!



6. Japan

Japan doesn't officially celebrate Christmas, as only 1% of its population is Christian, but it has become a tradition to have a meal from fast food chain KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) at Christmas... the demand is so high that you often have to book your table weeks in advance!




If you know of any more unusual traditions that we haven't mentioned, comment below! 

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Chaos




Today is Black Friday for retailers across the world, a tradition originating in the USA to mark the Friday after Thanksgiving when thousands of big brand shops hold sales before Christmas. Over the last couple of years here in the UK we have seen this previously unknown day turn into a very big deal. For a country that does not celebrate Thanksgiving we have taken on this commercial tradition wholeheartedly, but in some shops things have started to get very ugly.

Scenes from Black Friday sales at an Asda store in the UK last year went viral for all the wrong reasons. Hundreds of people queued up from the early hours in the morning to be the first people to get a foot into the store and grab the best deals on offer. Take a look at the video below to see the carnage that ensued:

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Just looking at this scene fills us with despair.

People in developed countries are coming to blows with strangers over a discounted television, whilst millions of people across the globe do not even have anything to fight over. We spend millions of pounds for our friends and families over the Christmas period, whilst others are simply happy to spend the holiday period with their families and are lucky if they receive anything at all. 

The people that we meet on our projects in Africa have no concept of the life of luxury people live in more developed countries. When our teams hand out donations of toys to young children they will often cry as they have never seen such things before. The mothers we met in Cameroon actually handed back items of clothing that we gave to them as they said that they did not need so many. When you hear these stories the scenes we will no doubt be seeing in shopping centres across the country today look absolutely disgraceful. We are acting like animals!

Isn’t Christmas all about goodwill to all men and peace on earth? The behaviour we see on Black Friday certainly doesn't reflect that sentiment. Here at Ripples we are trying to spread a message of kindness this festive season and encourage people to think about how they can make some else's life that little bit better. We are running a number of different fundraising campaigns to raise money for our flagship programmes designed to improve the lives of women and children through micro-finance, enterprise, education and medical outreaches. We think that the best gift you can give to someone this Christmas is the chance of living a quality life.



That’s not to say we shouldn’t be taking advantage of the deals on offer today. We would just urge you to think what is more important: being able to own the latest product, or keeping your dignity and putting a smile on someone else’s face?

Or how about a way in which you can do both? For everyone based in the US who is Christmas shopping on Amazon today, why not shop through Amazon Smile and 0.5% of the cost of your purchase will be donated by Amazon to Ripples Foundation if you choose us at the checkout. This way you can splash the cash and feel good knowing that you have helped to donate towards helping women and children living in poverty in West Africa.


Please see below for our guide to using Amazon Smile. 

This Christmas, lets appreciate what we have and not focus on what we want. #MakeChangeHappen

Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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Friday, November 20, 2015

The life of an African village woman: Ghana



At Ripples Foundation we believe that every woman is important and should be given the opportunity to achieve great things. Our main goal is the empowerment of the African village woman.  We run a range of programmes in villages across Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon that are designed to empower women through work, and provide them with the resources that they need to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty.

Before we start work in any community, we take the time to speak with the women of the village to discuss their situations and assess what programmes we can put in place to support them. On a visit to Ghana, our CEO Ms. Anne Phillips had the opportunity to talk to some of the women of one village and was able to get an insight into the kind of life they lead and the difficulties they face as women in their community.

Living in a village of 800 people, these women face many struggles on a day to day basis. They live in very small houses, which are not big enough to house their large families.  In addition to not having enough means for food or basic needs to take care of themselves or their children, one of the main struggles they face is not being able to control the number of children they have. They usually end up having more children than they can afford to look after because they feel that they cannot say no to their husbands. They are also not able to practise any methods of birth control because it is against their culture to do so. If they do disagree with their husbands and go to their families for help, they are sent back to their husbands.


One of the women talks about how she had 14 children out of which 7 of them died because she was not able to provide them with necessary nutrition or health care. A high mortality rate is often the reason why these women have lots of children: they believe that the more children there are, the more likely that some will survive.  

As some husbands see it, the main purpose of women is to have as many children as they can for as long as they can. One woman told us that once she reached menopause she was deemed as being no longer useful to her husband because she couldn't have any more children. However she says that she is much happier now because she is working on a Women's Enterprise Project, which she now sees as her 'husband', which means that she has the time to focus on growing the business and making money to support the children she does have.

When a child falls ill they are often unable to get any medical care because the nearest hospital is over 5 miles away and no-one in the village has a car or any other method of transportation that can be used. One woman talks movingly about how her child died in her arms in the middle of the night because she was unable to give him any medical care.

Having heard these stories and many more stories from women in different villages, we recognize how important it is to help these women by providing them an opportunity to do something for themselves whilst working towards lifting themselves out of extreme poverty. For this purpose we offer women with viable business ideas a start-up loan and training so they can start their own business and support their families.


The businesses that the women run range from fisheries and animal farms to Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Moringa Oil and Black Soap production. The women are able to use the money they make to take care of themselves and provide for their families and be recognised for contributing towards their communities.

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of these women please donate towards Ripples Foundation by visiting our Total Giving page today and help us make change happen.  
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Friday, November 13, 2015

The Fight For Women's Rights Continues Today



Since its release in mid-October, the film Suffragette has been dominating the box office with its tale of women’s suffrage in the UK. The suffragette movement was a huge force in the early 20th century, as women from all over the country from all types of social backgrounds came together to campaign for the right to have the vote. This film does a fantastic job of bringing this historical story to the modern generation, but what lessons can we take from the real life campaigners for women alive today?

We celebrate strong women here at Ripples Foundation and the suffragettes are a great example of women deciding to make change happen for themselves, sometimes by any means possible. The suffragettes’ campaigning was very controversial to some, and they often used violent means to gain attention to their cause including setting fire to letterboxes, chaining themselves to railings and even detonating bombs. Obviously we would not condone that behaviour in today’s society but at that time the suffragettes saw that as the only way they could bring their cause into the public light. Many say that by committing these violent acts the Suffragettes actually turned people against their cause. There was another women’s suffrage group, the Suffragists, that used more peaceful means to campaign for the right to vote. They were democratic and believed that holding meetings and forming local committees would be more effective in getting support, and men were even allowed to join the movement!

Whatever their tactics, both of these groups of women had similar principles; they saw an injustice and actively got involved to overturn it and improve their own lives and the lives of others. They strongly believed that women have a voice and that voice needed to be heard by the government. Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Suffragettes summed up their campaign in this powerful quote:  “You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way.”

Here at Ripples Foundation we empower the women that we work with in Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana to encourage them to take responsibility and make change happen in their own lives. Of course we provide them with the resources that they need in order to make this happen, including business loans, healthcare and equipment, but they need to work hard themselves to sustain their development. We find that this philosophy means that the women that work on our Women’s Enterprise projects have a greater sense of pride in their work and the reward tastes that much sweeter when you know that you have made the change happen for yourself.

During our work we have seen women who come to us with no husband and 5 children all living on around $1 a day and begging us to help her make life better for her children. With a helping hand from our programmes, we come back months later to discover the same women with a huge smile on her face. When we ask her how she is; she tells us that because she is working on an enterprise project she can now afford to send all her children to school, she is able to feed them properly and she has a sense of purpose and achievement. There is no greater feeling than seeing that smile on someone’s face and knowing that you have helped that happen.

After decades of campaigning the Suffragettes and Suffragists finally got their wish and today women in the UK have exactly the same voting rights as men. However in many countries in the world, women are still oppressed by archaic laws that put them on an unequal stand to men. In Africa, shocking statistics show that 1 in 4 girls in northern Nigeria are married under the age of 15 against their will. In Ghana’s 2012 elections only 11% of the seats were won by women. In Zimbabwe 30% of women have experienced violence at the hands of a partner. The list just goes on and on.

It seems as if the women of the world need to follow the lead of the Suffragists and make join forces with men who also believe in women’s empowerment to make the world a more equal place. Women’s empowerment isn't just a women’s issue; men need to get involved to give the campaign a louder voice in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Nigeria that are patriarchal societies. The UN’s recent #HeForShe campaign is a fantastic example of the push to involve more men in this issue, reminding them that improved women’s rights will make life better for their mothers, sisters, wives and daughters.

Add your voice to the campaign and help us change the lives of more village women in Africa by donating towards the Women’s Enterprise Programme and give communities the chance to stand on their own two feet and support their children. You can help us improve local economies and start a ripple effect of empowerment and change across Africa!

As one suffragette, Susan B. Anthony once said: “I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

You can make change happen.

Donate to the Women’s Enterprise Programme today using our Total Giving fundraising page. Every penny counts!
*Please note that Ripples Foundation is registered under the name BME Concern in the UK, which is reflected on our Total Giving profile.
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Rebuilding Young Lives



You probably have heard of Boko Haram, the terrorist group that operate over Northern Nigeria. Their reign of terror has spread across North Africa, particularly over the last 6 years where the group has used bombing, assassinations and abductions to try and push their warped ideology.


Many children have been displaced by the group, and thousands have been orphaned.
The most notorious story of Boko Haram in recent years was the kidnapping of schoolgirls from Chibok, sparking the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Nigerian armed forces have recently done a brilliant job of driving the group out of their strongholds in Northern Nigeria, but the repercussions from their actions are very much being felt by the families of their victims who have been left bereft.


Ripples Foundation’s CEO Anne Phillips visited a group of young boys who had been orphaned by Boko Haram’s violence, to see how they have started to recover. The children were introduced to us by the Kano State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, who take responsibility of rehabilitating these boys. The children that met us were shellshocked. Many were in such a state of shock that they could not even speak to us because they were so traumatised. The truly brutal way in which these children lost their family members is often too horrific to describe, and we can hardly imagine the trauma they have been through. We have all heard about the activities of Boko Haram and the way that they terrorise their victims, but until you have seen the results in front of your eyes it is difficult to comprehend the impact this will have on these young boys. Many of these boys had to witness their parents being murdered right in front of them, images that will undoubtedly haunt them for the rest of their lives.


The refugee crisis has been dominating the news in recent months, but as Boko Haram activity has seemingly died down everyone seems to have forgotten about the people left behind who have to rebuild their shattered lives.


Ripples Foundation hasn’t forgotten. After visiting these children we decided that we just had to do something to help them. This month Ms Phillips will be visiting the group again to follow up on their progress and to give out donations of supplies such as clothing. We are looking to set up a programme to help this group of children and the countless other boys and girls who have been affected by the violence, in order to bring some hope and peace back into their young lives. Make sure to look out for more updates from our work for the children here, hopefully we will be able to put a smile back on their faces.

Although Ripples Foundation is focused on empowering the African village woman, we do run a number of programmes that also benefit the youth, including the Ripples Box and the Adopt A Village Programme. By empowering women we can ensure that their children grow up with an equal chance of education, healthcare and opportunities.

Can you help us continue to empower the youth of Africa? Donate towards Ripples Foundation projects today using Total Giving and help us make change happen today. 

*Please note that we are currently listed under the name BME Concern on the Total Giving platform. Ripples Foundation UK is the trading name of BME Concern, which is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under number 1116698.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

Is China’s abolishment of their One Child Policy going to make a big difference to the lives of women?



Yesterday saw the huge news that China has decided to abandon its infamous One Child Policy that has been in effect for 35 years! Couples will now be allowed to have 2 children, as due to China’s rapidly aging population there needs to be a way of increasing the younger population to deal with the workload as the economy grows. The One Child Policy was introduced in 1979 when the government saw that China’s population was approaching 1 billion, and they wanted to find a way of reducing the growth. Although on paper this seems like a logical solution, if you then add human rights into the mix it becomes a very controversial approach. So how has this policy impacted on the lives of women and girls over the decades?


For a start, taking away control of their own fertility from women is a violation of a basic human right and one we take for granted in nearly every other country in the world. Whilst looking into the policy, I found real life stories from women talking about the impact it has had on their lives. One women said that her workplace had a ‘quota’ for babies, and when she got pregnant the quota for the year had already been used up so she was forced to have an abortion. It is the highest form of social engineering.


The female population of China has suffered greatly over the years due to the policy, as male children are preferred over females because boys can carry on the family name and provide for the parents as they get older. This has lead to huge number of baby girls being aborted, abandoned and left in orphanages, and in the worst cases parents have actually killed their own baby daughters so that they can try again for a son. Due to this, there are now 30 million more men than women in the country which will inevitably throw up more problems for population growth in the future.


If a couple had a second child they could have been fined at least 159,000 yuan (around £16,000) and that second child would often be denied a ‘hukou’, the China’s identity registration system, making it almost impossible for them to travel around the country and have access to state education and healthcare. It is estimated that there are over 13 million ‘illegal children’ living in China today! Just imagine the difficulties that these people have faced, with no official national citizenship and being shunned by the state. Will the Chinese government now legally acknowledge these people once the Two Child Policy is introduced? And where does that then leave third or even fourth born children? Every child deserves equal opportunities, and China does not yet provide that for its people.

Ripples Foundation welcomes any change in law that will improve the lives of women everywhere, but for many families this new policy has come too late. Although a big step forwards, the country still has a long way to go and a lot of problems ahead to solve before it can fully recover from its past and really make change happen for its citizens. I hope in the future that we will see a new China that sees its women as equally as important as its men, and continues to make progress towards creating a society that does not impose a sense of fear for families or take away control of its women’s fertility. Women will now be able to have 2 children, will not be forced to have sterilisations after their first child and first born female children will hopefully not be viewed as a disappointment.

When the new policy comes into effect, we will just have to wait and see if it really will make a big difference for China.
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3,000 people have now viewed our blog, another milestone for the charity! Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read our stories over the last few months, your support is very much appreciated. Together we can make change happen for women and communities in Africa. Here's to the next 1,000!
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Send A Box Home Today!



This week has seen the launch of the Ripples Box campaign across Nigeria, and the release of our very first television and radio adverts. The team here at Ripples Foundation are extremely excited that our work and newest project is being seen by thousands of people across Nigeria, and we hope that we can inspire you to get involved!

Our little charity has grown hugely over the past year, first from changing our name down to the expansion of our projects, and we have loved watching the awareness of our work spread both in Africa and in the UK. The Ripples Box is one of our biggest programmes to date, and we believe it has the potential to make a huge difference to the lives of many people living in poverty in rural West Africa.

A shipping container that can be converted into a multimedia classroom, that can be placed in any village regardless of their power supply due to its solar panels. Up to 12 children at a time can use the Ripples Box and get the fantastic opportunity to learn how to use computers and the Internet, and accumulate a wide range of skills that can be used in their future jobs.



Technology is a major tool used by businesses in the modern world, and many children living in extreme poverty in rural villages just don’t have access to the technology to be able to learn how to use it. Entering the job market without the knowledge of how to use IT equipment is the equivalent of swimming in the ocean without a lifejacket: you are going to end up at the bottom. Ripples Box is here to make sure that that doesn’t happen, and to make sure that rural communities have every tool at their disposal so that they can work their way out of extreme poverty. For every year of school that a child takes, their earnings increase by up to 10%! Starting quality education young is a surefire way of ensuring that village children can break the cycle of poverty that has been handed down through the generations, and use their knowledge to build a brighter future for themselves.


But we need your help to make change happen in these communities and to put the Ripples Box programme into action. We rely on donations from generous people to make these projects a reality. There are plenty of wealthy Nigerians who have risen in the world from humble beginnings who have the power to make life better for the people living in their home village. This is the message we want to spread across Nigeria: can you make change happen for your friends and family living in your village? 



We want to spread ripple effect of empowerment and education across the youth of Nigeria, and ensure that they have as good a chance as any to live a life free of extreme poverty.
By sponsoring a Ripples Box, you will be giving village children the opportunity to enter the job market at the same level as their city counterparts, and giving them the chance to lift their family and community out of extreme poverty.

To donate towards Ripples Box please visit http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/ripples-box or https://www.causes.com/campaigns/93966-build-a-ripples-box To find out how to #SendABoxHome to your village, please ring 08188 183 959 or email info@ripplesfoundation.ngo for more information.

If you can’t sponsor a Ripples Box or donate to one, there are still ways in which you can help us! Simply share this blog post, or our pages on Facebook and Twitter and repost with #SendABoxHome. You can help us spread our campaign across the world, and get more people involved with connecting African villages to the world!

You can help us make change happen. Send a box home today.
Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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