Category Archives: Project Korando

Dolfine to Visit Maine in October

Dear Friends,

First off, we would like to thank everyone that helped make the bowling fundraiser in July such a great success, in particular Donna and Eddie Klein. We were able to raise enough funds to pay for the boy’s dormitory which is expected to be completed by the end of September.

We are happy to share with you the news that Dolfine Gumba Dawa Oliech, founder of the Korando Center, and her daughter Pamela will be visiting us here in Maine in a few short weeks.

Please join us for a chance to speak with Dolfine and hear her story at one of these small gatherings planned in October.

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Letter from Dolfine

Dear Friends of Ripple Effect Project,

Words can never be enough to express my gratitude to you
for the great help you accorded me and Korando as a whole.
You may never believe the greatest relief I got to receive the
money and finally pay the bill that was weighing us down
terribly and to be able to bury my husband finally.

If the United States were closer, I would have done what
they do in my culture for one who has helped so big that
you cannot afford equivalence. This person is given chicken,
which is a very respected kind of gift and food. It carries with
it much appreciation from the giver.

The children are grateful. My daughters are also very grateful
to you all at Ripple Effect

Project. May God richly bless
you. Our schools opened on 1 September and we feel the
loss of our teacher Patrick, my husband.


Otherwise, I am full with thanks to you and pray for your

Love and hugs,

Urgent Update from Korando

Devastating rains have caused severe flooding throughout Kisumu, resulting in food shortages and disease. Dolfine reports that all the crops grown at the Korando Centre will be lost. Shortages across the region are driving up the price of food astronomically, with no end in sight. In addition to the grave constraints this places on the food supply, the sale of crops previously subsidized high school fees and teachers’ salaries. The education of the students at the center is now in jeopardy.

We need your help.

Please consider making a financial contribution toward the purchase of food for the orphans, and to ensure the continuity of the education of the students at the center.

Please recall that 100% of your contribution goes directly to assist the Korando Centre, providing essential supplies and educational services.

Today is the day to make a difference. Thank you.

REP Travels to Kenya

In May of 2012, board members Alice and Joshua Sammon, Rebekah Scaduto and Ripple Effect Project volunteers Dan and Levana Olsen traveled to Kisumu, Kenya. The purpose of this trip was to evaluate the success of the projects Ripple Effect Project has funded, and to get a better understanding of the needs and future direction of Korando Faith Widows and Orphans group. The following stories are the travelers’ words describing the rich experiences they encountered while on their journey.

Water storage tanks

Korando Deep Water Well

We are very pleased to announce that we have raised sufficient funds to drill a deep water well for the Korando school! The well was drilled in October, and now supplies fresh water to the orphanage and school for drinking, washing and farming.