Urgent Update on Tensions in Kenya

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ripple Effect Project,

The past several months have been a time of great political unrest in Kenya. If you have been listening to the news you will be aware of the increasing surge of violence. Kisumu, where the Korando Center is located is one of the major centers of protest/violence. Below are the last two updates from our friend in Kenya.

October 16, 2017 — Update from Dolfine. She has just returned from the farm. The watermelon harvest was very successful, over 1,300 watermelons! She was planning on selling them but all markets/businesses in Kisumu have been shut down, and as a result they will not be able to be sold. They will have alot of watermelon to share with others and eat but no cash harvest.

The political tensions are becoming hotter every day. Daily demonstrations are taking place in Kisumu. The police/military are ordered to shoot to kill. Each day there are several deaths, no one connected to the Center. Dolfine reported having to take off her shoes and run as three people near her were shot. Odinga has vowed not to run in the election on Oct 26, Both lead candidates seem to be fueling the violence. They are fearful for their safety and have asked for continued prayer.

In the midst of all this the students at the Center are preparing for their year-end exams.

October 18, 2017 — From Pamela:

I am okay.

Basically we are headed for an ugly Kenya after IEBC decided to now include the names of other previous candidates because Raila withdrew, but have also decided to retain his name in the ballot paper by force. Uhuru has been given the new laws from Parliament and in two days will sign it into law without a referendum. It is likely that there will be no voting in opposition areas but violence. Today it was even heightened after the minister announced the ban on demostrations. Next week, it’s daily, morning to evening. Today, two people were shot dead by police in Bondo, the small town near the our farm. Things may turn uglier than 2008 with changes in the constitution. We dearly need prayers. We are in God’s hands. We will get to the end of this finally.

PLEASE KEEP THEM IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.

September Newsletter

September 1, 2017

Dear Friends of Ripple Effect Project,

As we near the end of summer and the changing of seasons, please remember the children of the Korando Education Center (KEC) and continue to support the efforts of Ripple Effect Project (REP).

For nearly a year Ripple Effect Project has had a Child Sponsorship Program (CSP) to connect the students at Korando Education Center to the donors that make up Ripple Effect Project. Many of you have participated in this program to help make it the success it has become. However, there are still many students who need sponsors. Please consider signing up for the program or sponsoring an additional student. For more information and registration visit rippleeffectproject.org.

The impact of the Child Sponsorship Program on the students is real and much greater than just financial. The knowledge that someone cares for them is often the greatest gift they can receive. The CSP helps provide the students with a meal in the morning, as well as covering school fees and teacher’s salaries. There have also been celebrations for holidays and special events. While Ripple Effect Project has historically focused on infrastructure improvements at Korando Education Center, the CSP has allowed us to have a more direct personal impact on the students.

In May, a group of volunteers and friends went to the Korando Education Center to be with the children of the center and learn first-hand about their lives. While at the center the volunteers were also able to complete many infrastructure projects. Some of these projects include: rain gutters on the buildings to divert the water to cisterns for storage and use, plumbing upgrades and repairs, some much needed shelving for storage and organization both in the dormitories and classrooms. It was great to witness the interactions the group had with the children.

On August 8, Kenya held a contentious presidential election. As some of you may remember, the 2007 presidential elections resulted in disputed results and rioting that led to nearly 2,000 deaths nationwide. Thankfully this election cycle, though resulting in contested results, did not end in rioting. The results have been annulled by the courts and a new election has been declared to take place on October 17.  We hope for a peaceful result regardless of the victor.

In anticipation of potential rioting and food scarcity, Ripple Effect Project provided the Korando Education Center funds for one month’s supply of food for the 58 children that live at the center. Arrangements were also made to house these children at the KEC farm, which is in a rural region, two hours away from the school. In addition, REP provided food assistance to the 190 commuter students to help them get through the election period.

During this time, some of the children at the farm decided, along with Dolfine, to skip a meal, sometimes two, and share that food with neighbors who were struggling to feed themselves. This is an amazing example of how Dolfine’s positive impact has spread beyond KEC and into the surrounding community. With Dolfine’s responsible stewardship and REP’s continued support, KEC is positively impacting the local community, along with bringing up a group of children that will continue to have a positive impact into the future.

We are very excited to have made great progress with the school building project. The process has been long and arduous but we are very near to starting construction on the first phase. We are under contract with a local builder, have a project manager, design team, and on-site supervision in place. The last piece we are waiting on is final approval from the local authorities. We hope to be underway soon and will share with you the progress as it happens.  If you would like to contribute specifically to the school building project, please make note of that when you make your contribution.

Please join us at our next bowling fundraiser in October (see enclosed flyer).

As always, all donations are tax deductible and have maximum impact. Please mail checks or donate conveniently, by credit card through our website. Also, find and use us on Amazon Smile.

Kindly,

Joshua Sammon

President, Ripple Effect Project

Bramwel Deefer Otieno

  Bramwel is living with the grandmother after the father died in 2007. He has one brother and two sisters. The mother helps with teaching nursery school children here she earns $20 a month and is unable to keep the family without help let alone taking them to school.  The mother is also HIV+ which is what killed the father and also the younger sister is also infected.  She is therefore going through many challenges with lots of illness.

They have a mud wall and tinned roof at home where he sleeps on a matt on the floor.

At home, they eat kales and ugali which is made from cornmeal mainly and occasionally small fish called omena as protein.  They also take strong tea or black tea for breakfast.

He helps with cooking and fetching water after school and also graze the cows.

My Languages: Speaks English, Kiswahili and Luo My Hobbies: Reading story books, playing football.
My School: In form three at Kajulu secondary school My Home: He comes from Seme near a legendry rock, a tourist attraction point called Kit Mikayi Rock.  The area is rocky and hilly and also very dry. It is also near the lake and they draw water from the lake which these days is very dirty and therefore people suffer from lots of stomach problems.
My Birth Date: Born on 1st May 2001 My Goal: Doctor

Sharon Akinyi Okumu

  Sharon lives with her auntie who is taking care of them after both their parents died.  The auntie who has no child of her own later lost her husband who was the provider of the home.  Stranded with the children, she sought and so korando supports Sharon with education.  She sells vegetables to ensure the children are able to feed. They live in a mud wall with tinned roof and has a mattress to sleep on the floor. This is a family of three children, one boy and two girls.

At home, they eat kales and ugali, omena, beans and maize cooked together called nyoyo with occasional breakfast of black tea.

She helps with cooking, washing clothes and utensils, fetching firewood and water from the lake.

My Languages: Speaks English, Kiswahili and Luo My Hobbies: Singing, drama and plays football.
My School: In form one at Kajulu secondary school My Home: She comes from within Kisumu county a place called Osiri next to lake Victoria.  There is fishing going on here and many leave school for fishing business.  The auntie’s home is also next to the lake.
My Birth Date: Born on 2nd August 2000 My Goal: Doctor

Immaculate Anyango Otieno

Immaculate lives with the mother who is a tailor.  She is the only child of her mother.  The mother died in 2003 while she was still very young. She has struggled in between to put food on the table as her job earns her very little. She wants to in future help her relatives, sister and community healthwise with the too much of strikes experienced in the health sector.  They have a mud wall with tinned roof house where she sleeps on a mattress on the floor.

At home, they eat main staple food which is  kales and ugali which is made from cornmeal mainly and occasionally small fish called omena as protein and sometimes cabbages and rice

She helps her mother with cooking, fetching firewood from the hills on weekends and in the evening after school and also in cleaning the dishes

My Languages: Speaks English, Kiswahili and Luo My Hobbies: Skipping rope, swimming and reading story books
My School:  In form one at Kisian secondary school My Home: She comes from korando village which has small mountains that are very rocky with a weather not cold but wet during rainy season and very hot in summer and near the Kisian River where they do swimming whenever they go drawing water from the river.
My Birth Date: Born on 2nd February 2001 My Goal: Nurse

Okeyo Millicent Auma

  Millicent is the 2nd youngest in her family of five boys and three girls.  She is living with both parents at korando village not very far from the centre. They have a house of mud wall with tinned roof and sleeps on mattress on the bed.  The parents are doing business but with little income to afford to put food on the table daily, let alone educating them. She is a hardworking girl and wants a lot for herself in life achievement.  She has a lot of friends and has been with mama since childhood while being assisted.

At home, they eat kales and ugali which is made from cornmeal mainly and occasionally small fish called omena as protein.

She helps with cooking, cleaning the house, wash clothes and dishes after school.

My Languages: Speaks English, Kiswahili and Luo My Hobbies: Music and plays football
My School: In form one at Kisian secondary school My Home: She comes from korando village which has small mountains that are very rocky and weather not cold but wet during rainy season and very hot in summer and close to the airport and kisumu town
My Birth Date: Born on 30th May 1999 My Goal: Nurse

Jane Adero Okumu

Jane lives with both parents when she goes home and they do little business to afford to make ends meet. The father is a carpenter who gets very little job on roofing in the village due to alcoholism. She has three brothers and two sisters

They have a mud wall plastered with tinned roof at home and is sleeping on a mattress on bed.

At home, they eat kales and ugali which is made from cornmeal mainly and occasionally small fish called omena as protein.

She helps with cooking, cleaning and laundry

My Languages: Speaks English, Kiswahili and Luo My Hobbies: Playing football and also plays football
My School:  In form one at Kisian secondary school My Home: She comes from korando village which has small mountains that are very rocky and weather not cold but wet during rainy season and very hot in summer and close to the airport and kisumu town
My Birth Date: Born on 14th July 2001 My Goal:  Journalist

Godfrey Ochieng Deya

  Godfrey lives with a step mother whom the father married after the death of his mother.  He was living with the grandmother together with his siblings since the father is addicted to alcohol and cannot even bring food home.  The family decided he finds a wife who is also just going through problems.  Godfrey has one brother and the other one died with two sisters.  The father is carpenter who does peoples roofs yet was not even able to do his and also frequently cannot even go on top of the roof to do any roof.

They live in a mud wall with tinned roof and sleep on a matt on the floor.

At home, they eat kales and ugali, and sometimes omena (small silver fish)

He helps take care of the animals after school, weekends he goes to the garden and do small errands.

My Languages: Speaks English, Kiswahili and Luo My Hobbies: Reading story books and plays football.
My School: In form four one at Kajulu secondary school My Home: He comes from Seme sub county within Kisumu County.  The place is near a legendry rock which is a tourist attraction point called Kit Mikayi Rock.  The area is rocky and hilly and also very dry. It is also near the lake and they draw water from the lake which these days is very dirty and therefore people suffer from lots of stomach problems.
My Birth Date: Born on 8th August 2001 My Goal: Lawyer