Based out of northern Malawi, the RIPPLE Africa organization is a small, grass roots organization dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and supporting local people to lead projects. A few things that make this organization unique are that they only create projects that are needed by the local villages; the local people, no paid westerners, are put in charge to run projects. This organization is committed to long term projects in environment such as fish and forest conservation and tree planting, as well as expanding access to education, educational scholarships, and increase in adult literacy, and providing health care to local villages.
Most of RIPPLE Africa’s money is generated through donations. This organization was created in 2003 and employs 145 people and has over 3,500 volunteers. These employees and volunteers have been providing a helping hand to local communities in conserving 150 SQ KM of local forest as well as planting over four million trees. RIPPLE Africa also provides 40,000 people in various communities with a more fuel efficient stove. This fuel efficient stoves save roughly 80,000 bundles of wood per week creating less need for deforestation.
RIPPLE Africa helps with local education in northern Malawi. This organization runs eight pre-schools; they have rebuilt two of these schools while maintaining the other six. RIPPLE Africa provides the salaries for 24 teachers employed in these schools as well as supplies resources like paper, pens, chalk boards, and food, as well as other resources for around eight hundred kids. This organization created the sweet potato project which pays the local teachers to grow sweet potatoes that they use to feed their children at school every day. RIPPLE Africa also has created three brick double block primary school buildings and repair and maintains many others. There are very few schools in Malawi as well as teachers the government pays for, because of this there can sometimes be over one hundred and thirty kids to one teacher in a classroom. RIPPLE Africa assists in this by providing salaries for fifteen trainee teachers as well as providing them their books and desks. Lastly, RIPPLE Africa created a secondary education school which provided four classrooms, five teachers’ houses, restrooms, teacher’s offices, a girl’s dorm as well as extra buildings such as a dinning and study block and an area for outdoors activities. This secondary education building provides education to 200 student’s houses over 50 who are too far from local education. This school was created in 2008 and was run by RIPPLE Africa until 2013 when the government had taken over command of the school. RIPPLE Africa still provides resources like books and desk as well as volunteer teachers, and maintenance of the buildings.