Letter from Dolfine & Pamela

Dear Friends in Ripple Effect Project,

It is from our sincere hearts that we take this precious opportunity to greatly thank you and of course with what words may never be able to explain well, for the great love we were able to experience while living amongst you for a whole month. Indeed, this trip was an eye opener to us on so many things that overlap real outside the project. This makes us consider this to be a very, very successful trip and visit on our side.

Among many things we may want to appreciate first of all is the great hospitality at every home we visited. You let us into your families and your family tables and made us visit with your extended family friendships that also let us into their families and family tables. We sincerely consider this a great honour to us. We never can explain love in better terms than to directly mention this as shown to us in a letter like this one. Much of these times were considered by us very sacred and special family moments. Thank you very much.

Our warmth and comfort was every person’s concern. Thank you for having people donate their clothes for us to use to keep us well dressed and warm. You were always ready to let us see everything we wanted to that we felt would create a good impact or change in us when back in Kenya.

We are full of ideas to be released for change in this Korando community. We plan to go very far with farming ideas that we were able to acquire in this trip. Great changes including that of a mindset are expected to come to reality soon.

Every talk we were able to give everywhere and the listening ears we got was amazing to us. We may never say enough thanks, but we believe that you will accept this as we give since it is most sincere from our hearts.

Special thanks to our lady host Alice for the job well done just to make sure these guests from a far land returned home happily.

The donations were so overwhelming that we weren’t able to carry all home. Lots of clothes, farm equipment, 12 laptops, packing time spent, all we appreciate. May God bless abundantly all pockets, families and individuals who were able to touch our lives in a special way. Be assured of our continuous prayers for your success and good health in your families and life plans.

Our trip back home was God planned for the time we left because otherwise we would have had a hard time getting re-routed to the right plane home. Though the journey was too long but by God’s grace, all went well and we are happy to meet the children and they were happy to receive us back and they too said thank you to REP.

May God bless you.

Love and hugs,

Mama Dolfine & Pamela

Dolfine and Pamela enjoy their visit to Maine in autumn.

Dolfine and Pamela enjoy their visit to Maine in autumn.

Thank You

We would like to take this opportunity to thank various people who helped make this trip such a great success:

Grace Von Tobel, who co-hosted and was instrumental in obtaining funding from Colby College, procuring needed dental care and organizing all Rotary Club presentations.

Colby College for funding all travel expenses for Dolfine and Pamela.

Torsten Kremser of Cheap Trip – Big Impact for overseeing the day to day operations of The Center and the ongoing building projects in Dolfine’s absence.

Ripple Effect Project Donors – Thank you also to our donors who graciously invited Dolfine and Pamela into their homes and generously donated large amounts of clothing, farm equipment, sewing supplies, building supplies, and a solar oven to take back to Kisumu with them.

We thank you as always for your continued support. Please keep Ripple Effect Project in your thoughts this coming holiday season. Consider making a donation to Ripple Effect Project on Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Also, when making purchases on Amazon please go through AmazonSmile and set Ripple Effect Project as your default charity. For each purchase made through AmazonSmile we receive a percentage of the purchase cost in donation.

Dolfine & Pamela Visit Maine

Alice and Rebekah greet Dolfine and Pamela at the airport.

Alice and Rebekah greet Dolfine and Pamela at the airport.

Dolfine and Pamela’s trip to Maine was a great success. They were able to meet with many groups of people varying in age from young school children to the elderly. They connected with old friends and made new. They led presentations at Colby College, the REM Center, seven Rotary Clubs, libraries and numerous homes. Through their talks they were able to present to us the journey from the beginning of the Korando Center, update us on completed projects and show us the direction they would like to go in next.

Dolfine celebrates her birthday.

Dolfine celebrates her birthday.

Dolfine celebrates her birthday.Although the purpose of this trip was to raise funds and awareness of the Korando Center, a lot of fun was had as well. They began their trip with a visit to the ocean, a first for both Dolfine and Pamela. Pamela was enchanted and just had to get her feet wet (for only a second because the water was so cold) while Dolfine watched bundled up from the shore. Fall was in full bloom with its glorious color palate, something they do not get to experience in Kisumu. Dolfine, Pamela and Alice took full advantage of the beauty and took a day trip to the mountains, stopped at stunning vistas, at Small Falls and took a short hike up Center Hill on Mount Blue. In addition, Dolfine celebrated her birthday with cake and candles (something not usually done in Kisumu) and had pizza for the first time.

Dolfine and Pamela enjoy their visit to Maine in autumn.

Dolfine and Pamela enjoy their visit to Maine in autumn.

Pamela visits the Atlantic Ocean.

Pamela visits the Atlantic Ocean.

Needless to say, it was a busy and hectic, yet fun and rewarding month. The contacts made on this trip presented many opportunities for continued growth and expansion. We have created a list of projects that will be the focus of our work together over the next several months.

Farming

This fall’s farming cycle was the first time that the Korando Center was able to harvest enough maize to feed all of the children at the Center, store enough food to last through to the next harvest and have excess to sell to their community. This was a tremendous accomplishment.

While on their trip they were able to tour various farms and consult with farmers addressing issues of soil fertility, pest control, crop rotation, seed selection, and food storage techniques. It is our goal to help the Korando Center maximize their farming capabilities for food sustainability and income.

This January farmer Chris Cavendish of Fishbowl Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine will be traveling to the Center as a consultant to help them plan and implement the skills they learned while in Maine. He will help train the farming supervisors and farm hands with the aim of furthering their success in farming.

Their present farming goals include:

  • Farming different vegetables such as squash and yams that would act as an alternative to maize. These crops have a long shelf life, serve to improve the children’s diet, allow for sale to the community and help them teach others new or better ways of addressing food security.
  • Address the issues of increasing soil fertility, pest and weed control, crop rotation, and various planting techniques.
  • Greenhouse installation to provide food and generate income. This is a project that they will explore getting a grant to complete.

Fish Farm

They wish to improve their fish farming by caging the fish. This will protect the fish from the reptiles that eat them. Once accomplished, the fish will again become a source of food and an income generator.

Solar Water Pump

Dolfine and Pamela met with numerous Rotary groups while here in Maine. One group showed interest in funding a solar water pump. They will be following up with this group to continue the process of receiving funding for the water pump.

In addition to creating an environment of food security and self-sustainability at the Korando Center, Dolfine and Pamela recognize the need to help generate food security and job prosperity within the community that surrounds Korando. They have expressed how they are more vulnerable if the community around them is not stable. To help address this concern they met with representatives from Somerset Grist Mill in Skowhegan, The Good Shephard Food Bank, Unity Food Pantry, USDA Food Storage Center and Johnny’s Seeds while here in Maine. Pamela is hopeful that her government position will allow her to use the knowledge gained from meeting with these organizations to implement changes that will benefit their surrounding community.

Going Forward

Farming: We are very excited to have farmer Chris Cavendish travel to the Korando Center this January to help assess and implement enhanced farming practices. We would like to send farming supplies with him at an estimated cost of $2000.

Fish Farm: Net the fish pond to protect the fish from reptiles with an estimated cost of $650.

Dining Hall: They are in need of 16 tables and 32 benches with a cost of $2600. In addition they need new eating bowls for 200 students costing $350 and new cooking pots and tools estimated at $500.

School: We are in the process of obtaining bids for an eco-sustainably built school and a traditionally built school. Once we have obtained the bids and evaluate the plans in relation to the school’s needs, a decision will be made and we will begin fundraising for this monumental project at that time.

Updated: Dolfine to Speak at Colby College (Oct. 28)

Please join us on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm for an evening with Dolfine Gumba Dawa Oliech, founder of the Korando Center in Kisumu, Kenya, who will be sharing her story about establishing a school for 200 orphans, caring for 34 orphans in her home, and Korando’s efforts to become self-sustainable.

The event will be held in Olin Science Center at Colby College in Waterville, Room 1.

We will also be collecting donations of girls’ and boys’ clothing, size 4 to adult medium. (Modest dresses, skirts, shirts, and sweaters for girls; pants, short, sweaters and button-down shirts for boys.)

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.

Dolfine

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

Love and hugs,
Dolfine