Korando Education Center Selected as Site of New Library

KIWIMBI INTERNATIONAL, A non-profit organization dedicated to “partnering with under-served communities to create educational opportunities”, recently chose Korando Education Center to house their latest library donation of over 2500 books. As they celebrated this momentous occasion, Korando joyfully hosted for the first time both the Governor and First Lady of Kisumu, as well as the head of the Department of Education. […]

Korando Enjoys a Bountiful Harvest

All schools in Kenya were closed for two weeks following the recent presidential election. At that time, 45 of the children with no safe place to go were taken to the Center’s farm. The timing could not have been better as the corn was ripe for harvest. Working long hours daily, the children were able to harvest and shuck the […]

Kenyan Elections Update

On August 9, 2022 Kenya held a presidential election. Conducted once every five years, Kenyan elections have historically resulted in protests, school closures, contested results, and even violence. For this reason, elections often mark a time of uncertainty and instability within the country. This year’s election day was peaceful and orderly, though the country has been majorly divided on matters […]

Meet Benson Abila: A Korando Grad Giving Back

Benson “Ben” Abila is the grandson of Mama Dolfine, and an emerging community leader in his hometown of Kisumu. Though he began his education at public school, Ben later moved to the Center and graduated from Korando. After attending university in Nairobi and obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering, he has felt his calling back with the vulnerable populations of […]

School Building Completion Project Underway

In early 2020, Ripple Effect Project successfully completed Phase 1 of our new building construction, resulting in a two-story building that offered Korando Education Center 6 brand new classrooms. As a direct result of your donations, this new building marked a huge milestone—and a major improvement from the previous structure which was flagged for not meeting national educational and health […]

Changes to the Board of Directors

Thanking Donna Klein We would like to extend a hearty thank you to Donna Klein for her year of service to Ripple Effect Project as treasurer. Donna was instrumental in modernizing our financial infrastructure, maintaining the accounting for the Organization and interfacing several times monthly with the Korando Education Center to fulfill our commitment of financial support. “For years I […]

Graduate Profile: Francis Deya Aila

Ripples Make Waves: A Life Changed by Your Support Meet Francis Deya Aila Francis Deya Aila, 22, graduated in 2017 after spending just one year connected with the Center. “Mama Dolfine found me at the last minute of my education,” Francis writes, “because my parents were not able to pay the school fees or cater to my school needs.” The […]

Korando navigates educational changes, drought, inflation

Our friends at the Korando Education Center are in transition as students finish up their last few weeks at school and head into their long school break. While this allows for some children to spend time at home with their families, the government is permitting around 30 children to remain living at the center while on school break. When break […]

Denis Ochieng, Grade 4/5 teacher, details curriculum challenges

Editor’s Note: As previously noted, Kenya is currently implementing a new education curriculum nationally. Whereas the previous curriculum emphasized content, the new “Competence Based Curriculum” emphasizes hands-on skills. With the goal of building these practical skills, the CBC curriculum places a heavy emphasis on digital learning and uses brand new materials. New printed materials and electronic devices are now essential […]

Child Sponsorship: A Closer Look

When Ripple Effect Project began supporting the Korando Education Center in 2007, only a handful of children lived with Mama Dolfine, and the total student population was 27.  But before long Mama’s integrity and commitment became well known in Kisumu, and as her reputation grew the KEC expanded accordingly. Countless students found a refuge, a lifeline, and an education through […]