Ripple Effect Project is dedicated to supporting self-sustainable agricultural and educational endeavors of independent orphanages in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In October 2006 Dolfine Gumba Dawa Oliech, the founder of Korando Faith Widows and Orphans Group (KFWOG), spoke at Colby College as part of the Mid-Maine Global Forum.
In response to Dolfine’s story and the plight of HIV/AIDS orphans, we, a small group of concerned people, formed Ripple Effect Project. Incorporated in June 2007 we provide material and financial support to further the self-sustainability of independent orphanages in Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally we focus on raising awareness of the human face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Our first and ongoing project is to provide support to KFWOG (now Korando Faith Education Center).
Millions of dollars flow into Kenya every year from the international community, UNAIDS and the United States in particular. Often the focus of large donors is aimed at improving infrastructure and instituting large scale AIDS prevention and treatment programs. We believe this is vital and will ultimately bring about the large scale changes required in the long term, but there is an acute need for support at the local level.
The deep seeded culture of corruption in Kenya has complicated aid giving. In the Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perception Index, Kenya was listed as one of the world’s most corrupt countries, ranking 139 out of 168. All too frequently monies entrusted to authorities for social action are diverted for personal gain.
Our goal is to create Grass roots to Grass roots connections removing the bureaucracy from the act of giving. We provide an opportunity to make direct change. At Ripple Effect Project we have no paid staff and almost no overhead allowing donations to have maximum impact. Ripple Effect Project has ultimate authority to use contributions at our discretion for purposes consistent with our purpose.