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Empowering communities to achieve a sustainable future by providing a hand UP, not a hand out.

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RIPPLE Africa’s History

RIPPLE Africa is a charity registered in both the UK and the USA, working to improve the environment and local education in Malawi, Africa. The charity was founded in 2003 by Geoff and Liz Furber who both share a passion for Africa, especially northern Malawi. During one fateful trip (and some very questionable map reading!) to Malawi, they found their way to the village of Mwaya and fell in love with the area. They decided to buy a property there and, with the combination of their skills and a strong passion for Africa, RIPPLE Africa was born.

  • In 2002, Geoff and Liz discovered Mwaya Beach and RIPPLE Africa was born in 2003
    Geoff and Liz discovered Mwaya Beach in 2002, and RIPPLE Africa was born in 2003
  • Mwaya Primary School was the first school RIPPLE Africa supported
    Mwaya Primary School was the first school RIPPLE Africa supported
  • We believe in empowering local communities to be the solution
    We believe in empowering local communities to be the solution

RIPPLE Africa’s projects are based around the rural village of Mwaya in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi. The charity’s overriding aim is to empower communities so they themselves can achieve a sustainable future – we strongly believe that it is the local people who are the solution to many of the challenges they face. We do many things in a small area, as many different issues are closely linked. Everything RIPPLE Africa does is in response to the local communities’ needs. By enabling the local communities, great things can happen and they are all life changing. RIPPLE Africa’s belief is “Providing a hand UP and not a hand out,” and that philosophy has been central to the charity’s ideology for over a decade.

Although the charity began with humble roots, employing just a handful of Malawian staff and welcoming a few overseas volunteers to help, it wasn’t long before the needs of the community meant that RIPPLE Africa began to expand, growing one project at a time into the charity it is now.

Today, the charity has over 2,000 people working on RIPPLE Africa projects on the ground and has a tremendous impact on the local communities. However, despite the charity’s significant achievements and ambitious scope, RIPPLE Africa is still small enough that the charity remains home-grown and grassroots based, and it is our intention to keep it that way.

  • We work hard but believe in having fun at our Buckingham head office. Our meeting table is also used for table tennis!
    We work hard but believe in having fun at our Buckingham head office. Our meeting table is also used for table tennis!
  • The Malawi head office in Chintheche, which was built in 2013, is an ideal place for meetings and training sessions
    The Malawi head office in Chintheche, which was built in 2013, is an ideal place for meetings and training sessions
  • The office at Mwaya is the base for Morton and Dan
    The office at Mwaya is the base for Morton and Dan

RIPPLE Africa is very different in its approach to the local community. RIPPLE Africa believes in empowering local people to manage the projects which affect their own community, and the charity only employs Malawian nationals in Malawi (no paid Westerners who could take a local job). The charity is big enough that it is making a huge difference in Malawi, but small enough that it remains effective, efficient, and fun. Above all, RIPPLE Africa is different because everyone involved is so passionate about what the charity is doing, and it is this great enjoyment and enthusiasm which makes RIPPLE Africa the charity that it is.

RIPPLE Africa is committed to all projects in the long term; everything we do is led by the local people, operating at a grassroots level, involving the community in all aspects of its activity helping to ensure that the local communities have a positive, more prosperous and happy future in an amazing country.

Downloadable Document: About RIPPLE Africa

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Ten Years of RIPPLE Africa – A Charity in Malawi (13:07)

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