Tuesday, July 19, 2016

My experience as an Intern with Ripples Foundation in Ogidi, Nigeria

Chanarion is currently studying Public Health in the University of Washington and she went to Nigeria in June to take part in our Medical MOT Program. She also wanted to see a different culture. Read below about her experience. 

" My first exposure to Nigeria was enriched with the spirits and characters of the people living in the Ogidi village. As an American public health student, we study and read case studies and examine data regarding African village people, but to actually interact with those same people who were only statistics in our minds was a life-changing experience. Even though the village people of Ogidi lack essential amenities and have resource constraints, they find joy in life and are content, but not complacent. These are people that want better and will take the necessary steps to progress. Never have I witnessed such a high-level of oneness and unity among a group of people. With the occurrence of Ripples-sponsored Medical Outreach Program and the Ogidi Yam Festival, community support and community involvement were in full effect. With this oneness, no disease, sickness, financial constraint or amount of corruption can overtake this society. This oneness mentality will strengthen generations to come.

I have learned that when working with any population to improve health, you must build a relationship with the people- you build a certain degree of trust and feed their needs, not your personal wants. For the people of the Ogidi village to want greater access to healthcare, this will contribute to the longevity of not only the Medical MOT program but the health facility that is currently being completed. Having that community involvement and support will contribute to the sustainability and impact of any program. Key players contributed to the success of the Medical MOT program: the chief, prince, community leaders, local doctors and nurses and even the youth. With the community leaders displaying their full support, this indicates that the health of their people is a priority and they will do everything in their power to improve their citizens’ quality of lives."

"The highlight of my week-long stay in the Ogidi village was interacting with the young children during the Medical Outreach. I was quietly sitting under a tree and I noticed that a group of kids started gravitating towards me. So of course being the person I am, I sparked a conversation with them. The conversation was a bit challenging since there was a language barrier but, with the help of Ms. Anne as my translator, the conversation led to the kids teaching me their language…which I failed at miserably. So I had the idea of playing a game, they’re kids after all- What child doesn’t love to play? First I taught them a hand game, referred to as “Slide,” and one by one, I taught the girls the sequence of hand movements involved in the game, as the other kids intensely focused on us, eagerly awaiting their turn. Then, we prepared to play one of their favorite games. We all formed one big circle and one young girl started singing the jingle, “Cinderella dressed in yellow…” and I instantly traveled back down memory lane. It came as a surprise to me that their game was in fact a game that was an all-time favorite among myself and friends in the neighborhood. It was a clear indication that this world is not as big as it seems.

The spirits of these children can withstand any disparity they may face. I am optimistic about the progression of this village because it will be in the hands of these children, whom will continue the work that has been done and help the citizens of the Ogidi village reach optimal health. 

I appreciate and cherish the relationships that were built during my week of living in Ogidi. I commend the people of the Ogidi village and I thank them for their graciousness. You all are in my prayers. "
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Three reasons Ripples Foundation is proud of its Ripples Box program launching soon.

Ripples Foundation is launching a new Ripples Box programme. It is the time for change, to demand that every child in poor and remote areas of Africa receives the education that they deserve. The generosity and commitment of Ripples Foundation in transforming the education of the poorest children in Africa. We will be carrying out our Ripples' box project in Africa to help children get access to computers and even help women in enterprise projects in their local villages. Here is one of the reasons why Ripples' Foundation legacy in helping people in Africa should continue to be built upon. Do you know that 1 out of 2 kids reach adolescent years without being able to read or write in Saharan African countries?

In Africa, there's a devastating impact of poverty, there is a lack of technology in local schools. Children in African schools learn through the old fashion way, no computers. Ripples Foundation programme will be making a big difference, to build children’s capacity and broaden their knowledge. 

Getting children to learn via technology

Technology is vital to learning, getting a more advanced job and it can help make learning easier for a child. It’s particularly important for these children to know how to operate a computer to their advantage in order to be able to support themselves as they grow in this 21st century, in a world that is slowly moving towards a digital age.

Yet today, 78% of African schools do not have computers.  But we can change this. We launch our Ripples box to help children and women to transform their lives through technology enhancement.

According to the Africa learning barometer by Justin Van Fleet, a director of the international commission on financing global education, African children are growing up with very little literacy.  Today, social media, mobile technology and online communities are an essential in the way that we communicate as a society. It is essential that these children learn how to use a computer.

Research has shown that about half of sub Saharan Africa’s 128 million school children have the basic skills needed to live a productive life and help their families. A poor female child is less to gain the right critical skills in reading and writing. School children do not have quality education, due to rural schools having less qualified teachers to teach them.

The Ripples Box is a multimedia classroom that can be assembled in any location and is fully equipped with computers, with Internet access and has room for up to 30 students. The Internet access allows connectivity to our Ripples Training Programme, including accredited courses with certificates issued from our partners. It plays a key role in triggering development in small communities by teaching young people the useful sets of skills in a fun and engaging way.  

Why we are proud.

       1. We create communication

We help villagers. Villagers are granted access to a wide variety of resources through the Ripples Box’s connectivity to the Internet, which they can use to communicate with the rest of the world, making it easier to connect and learn from other countries.

      2. We create a better foundation for both children and youth

We believe that by educating children in Africa about digital technology, this new generation can shape the future for the better. Through this program, we hope that young Africans in the 21st century will become educated and empowered, eventually become the future that will shape the continent of Africa. Children are the future of their families and the products/joy of their mothers.

     3. We create a sustainable design

Last but not least, the Ripples Box is sustainable and easy to use. It does not rely on generators to run and economical friendly, with no pollution. The box is fitted with solar panels, making it sustainable and available to be used in remote villages that do not have power supply.

If you want to MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN and you agree, please share this blog on your favourite social channels. 

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