Ripple Africa, a charity operating in Malawi striving to empower communities so they themselves can achieve a sustainable future, have recently released their 2021 – 2022 Impact Report showcasing some fantastic achievements in the past year. We have picked out some of our favourite highlights below.
The Fish for Tomorrow project is now operating in Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima and Dedza Districts and in the Lake Malawi National Park area of Mangochi District. Ripple Africa have just been awarded funding to help them expand the project into the remainder of Mangochi District. The project is now operating along 450 kimometres of lakeshore. 343 Beach Village Committees have been established and trained, with around 11 members in each, so working with around 3750 people – 30% of whom are women. Ripple Africa have also established and protect 92 key Chambo fish breeding areas and 10 key Cichlid breeding areas.
The Ripple Africa Forest Conservation Project was introduced in 2007 and continues to support local people to protect 130sq kms in Kandoli, 60sq kms in Choma and approximately 150sq kms in the hills in Nkhata Bay South. There are 184 Forest Conservation Committees of 11 members each in place in these three areas. The Forest Conservation Committees are ensuring that natural regeneration is allowed to take place in degraded areas. The confiscation figures are reducing for the number of sacks of charcoal and bicycles in the areas as patrols continue to help reduce the illegal cutting down of trees. Bee colonies have been introduced to the trees to help deter people from cutting down the trees, and also allow communities to harvest and sell honey.
This year, Ripple Africa have helped farmers, community groups, schools and households to plant 1.8 Million trees in the Mzimba District! Bringing the total planted since 2004 to 18.8 million. Other tree planting iniatives have also been taking place, including in the Nkhata Bay district in which 30 community groups have been planting Payaya, Guava, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine and Avocado trees. The groups are given the seeds and plastic tubes and once the seeds have been sown, the team visits the groups regularly to teach them how to prune and care for the seedlings, how to make natural fertiliser, how to identify pests, and how to protect the seedlings from livestock once planted out. This past year, 9000 fruit trees have been raised and planted.
For further details on the forest conservation and the individual projects they support, read the full report.
Ripple Africa directly support 8916 children and adults through their education projects. This is made up of 858 pre-school children, 3,984 primary students, 631 secondary and university students and 3,443 adult education and library users.
Ripple AFrica received funding to carry out mantenance at two of the primary schools they support. At Mwaya Primary School, classroom window frames were repaired and fitted with burglar bars, chalkboards were repaired and repainted and four classrooms were re-painted. At Matete Primary School, they built another teacher’s house and carried out repair work on some of the classrooms too. They have continued to fund four trainee teachers at local primary schools.
For further details on the levels of education and the individual projects they support, read the full report.
Ripple Africa have helped 37,130 people through their healthcare projects. This includes 130 clients with disabilities or rehabilitation needs, 22,000 family planning and sexual health patients, and provided 15,000 people access to clean water.
The team have welcomed a new member to their sexual health department. Rebecca, one of their pre-school teachers since 2015, has been trained and her eight years in education along with her own life experiences and passion for the project have seen her bring another dimension to the team. Success is my dream has become the slogan for the Life Skills lessons at primary and secondary schools, and with youth groups. The team have also been meeting with parents and at one meeting, welcomed 140 parents.
Ripple Africa continue to repair boreholes and shallow wells. Foundation Eagle have provided funding to enable a further 100 boreholes and shallow wells in Nkhata Bay District to be repaired and they have just secured funding to repair a further 120 boreholes in Salima and Nkhotakota Districts in the next financial year.
For more information on the healthcare projects that Ripple Africa run, please see the full report.
Ripple Africa approach their charity in a different way to many, by providing a ‘hand up, not a hand out’. Operating since 2003, Ripple Africa strongly believe that the local people can be the solution to many of the challenges they face. They are not just another charity in Africa, everything Ripple Africa does is in response to the local communities’ needs. By enabling them, great things can happen. Learn more about about Ripple Africa in this video here and by visiting their website.
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