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Ripples International Christian Schools – Nahal Academy

Looking for a great primary school for your child?

You’ll find it here at Ripples International Christian Schools – Nahal Academy!

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Welcome to Ripples International Christian Schools – Nahal Academy, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in children of all ages.

We help children enjoy a most exciting and rewarding learning experience.

The school is one of the main business arms for Ripples International, located at the Organization’s main office complex 9 km from Makutano along the Meru-Ruiri road.

The Christian school, also known as Nahal Academy, currently offers Kindergarten classes, Class 1 to 5.

Nahal is a Latin word meaning ‘leadership.’

And leadership is exactly what the school offers its bright young minds!

Under the guiding motto of the school’s motto, “learn, lead, transform” every lesson and focus is on equipping these precious young minds for a digital future where independence and creativity make the difference between success and failure.

A Christian Primary School For Potential Leaders

The school accepts children from all over Kenya, including non Christians. However, as a Christian institution, the school firmly follows Christian practices and regulations as taught in the Bible.

Students and parents are expected to be agreeable to the statement of values and aims in pursuit of their career goals while at Nahal Academy.

Over the last five years, the school has grown to become one of the most popular schools in Meru, with a rapidly growing waiting intake list every January.

This is in part thanks to a committed steady focus on controlled development and emphasis on getting the best teaching staff in the region.

Hear it in the words of Executive Director, Mercy Chidi Baidoo

Allow me to share with you a little of our school background.

Ripples International Christian schools started in the year 2011 as a kindergarten school.

We began our institution with only 7 children. Since then, our enrolment has risen steadily!

We now have over 200 children!

The School’s management is focused on offering quality education through individualized care to children in a serene environment.

As you entrust your children to us, know that we will take great care of them, love them, support them and mentor them to be all that God intend them to be.

Here at Ripples International Christian Schools, we are all about training the leader in you. May God bless you and let’s chat soon!

A Center Of Academic Excellence

Nahal Academy currently accepts children in Kindergarten (KG 1 – KG 3) and from Class 1 -5.

Ripples International Christian Schools, Nahal Academy is focused on nurturing the competences of each child to enable them apply the knowledge acquired to address real life situations.

The school aims to be the hub for the training of transformational leaders.

The school is dedicated to inspire and equip transformational leaders by providing excellent and holistic education that is grounded in Biblical perspective and global context.

Over the last 5 years, the school has recorded some tremendous accomplishments that include scooping a number of trophies at the Kenya Music Festival 2016.

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The school boasts a very interactive and dynamic extra curricular programme with sports, athletics, music, poetry, and camping a regular part of school life.

 

The Curriculum

Nahal Academy follows the 8-4-4 System of Education which is vetted by the Ministry of Education.

There is intensive supplementary learning for pre-school classes which is intended to nurture thinking and perception abilities in children.

The Organization has invested in facilities and human resource for this approach and ensure that each child is well attended and supplied. This gives each child an advantage when they enter Class 1, and at the same time supplements learning in addition to the 8-4-4 curriculum.

Classes are designed to be small in number to ensure that every child receives adequate attention from the teachers.

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Extra Curricular Activities

Extra curricular activities are very important at the Nahal Academy.

Fun Activities at Ripples International Christian School - Nahal Academy

Pupils are spoilt for choice with a wide range of fun activities including:

  • Music
  • Swimming
  • Girl Guides/Boy Scout Classes
  • Camping
  • Athletics
  • Sports
  • Bird watching
  • Poetry and Choral Verse
  • Field trips.

All the children had a chance to visit various sites including the Museum of Kenya, the Kenya Methodist University.

These are moments to advance what the children have learned in class in practical situations.

The exposure brings children into real life experience helping them to appreciate that learning is progressive and does not end in school.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right?

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Sports

And what child doesn’t like the great outdoors?

It’s a time to play, dance, run and challenge your best friend to a race!

That’s why Friday is specially set aside for sports events. Students play all range of games from football, races, netball, hide and seek and obstacle races. Even the teachers are tempted to join in!

What this does is deliberately allow the children to refresh their minds after a busy week of learning.

The annual sports event is held in June every year. This is one of the best times of the year!

Seeing the parents participate in the field events brings another level of excitement and pride to their children. You can see their eyes light up in excitement as they watch their parents dash in the 100 meter race.

We feature a number of races, like the obstacle race, 100 meter dash, 200 meter, 400 meter relay and the potato race.

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It’s a very memorable time for parents, students and teachers.

It’s also a great way for the parents to bond and participate in the development of their children. Not only does it motivate them, but it also boosts the morale of both the children and the teachers.

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Introducing Boresha Health Clinic…

Boresha Health Clinic: Offering Quality Child HealthCare Treatment In Kenya

The establishment of Boresha Health Clinic marks the improvement of medical health care specifically catered to children in Kenya.

This is very important because there are few establishments that are dedicated almost exclusively for the child in Kenya.

As a result, the death rate for children under the age of 5 has been on the increase due to lack of access to quality medical care.

Kenya Ranked 39th Globally In Under- 5 Deaths

According to research from the Kenya Parliament and UNICEF, over 7 million children under-5 years of age die each year mainly from preventable and treatable conditions.

Pneumonia, diarrhoea and malaria remain the leading cause of child mortality, and under nutrition contributes to more than 1/3 of all deaths.

Millions of children could be saved each year if proven interventions such as antibiotics for pneumonia, oral rehydration therapy for diarrhoea, and the provision of insecticide treated nets (ITNs) to prevent malaria, were universally available.

While infant and under-5 mortality rates have declined since 1990, mainly due to programs in childhood immunization and malaria prevention, Kenya is still ranked the 39th country with the highest deaths globally.1, 6 Kenya is not on track to meet MDG 4 to reduce the under-5 mortality by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.

There is need for better equipped, professional child medical centers in Kenya to reduce these statistics.

Introducing Boresha Health Clinic, Makutano

Boresha Health Clinic was established to fill this gap in the Kenyan medical space.

Thanks to its convenient location in Makutano, Meru, the clinic will prevent unnecessary loss of time that parents have to undergo when their child falls sick. Depending on the severity of the illness, many parents are forced to seek medical counsel in Nairobi, a 5-hour drive away.

With the opening of the Clinic, parents from Meru, Nanyuki, Embu, Nkubu and Chuka now have a professional facility within reach.

The Clinic has moved quickly to sign up with the major insurance providers ensuring that anyone under any medical approved plan can access medical attention at the Clinic.

The Clinic has been fitted with the latest medical machines, scanners and equipment to ensure that no one is left stranded.

In fact, the promise of the institution is to “improve the health of the community by offering accessible, reliable  and affordable quality Health care services guided by Christian and professional values as inspired by the healing Ministry of Jesus Christ.”

Networking

Boresha Health Clinic will seek to collaborate with and work with the Government Line Ministries, other health care providers, local and international bodies such as churches, non–government organizations, communities and individuals to facilitate promotion and access of healthcare services in the community.

Objectives

  1. To provide quality health care services to the children and the community at large.
  2. To improve the quality of life of children and the community.
  3. To create awareness about health related issues.
  4. Improve access to healthcare services

Three Pillars Of Service

The clinic offers primary care services that can be categorized under three pillars:-

  • Preventive Services
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Curative Services

Preventive Services

Preventive care includes things such as regular check-ups, screenings and immunizations.

It may be covered without cost-sharing when you visit a doctor that is in your health plan’s network.

You may be eligible for free preventive screenings, like blood pressure and cholesterol tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, and more.

Preventive care lets your doctor find potential health problems BEFORE you feel sick.

Preventive care can include immunizations, lab tests, physical exams and prescriptions, where applicable. Diagnostic services help your doctor understand your symptoms or diagnose your illness.

Psychological Counseling

Counseling Psychology is a specialty within professional psychology that maintains a focus on facilitating personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span.

The specialty pays particular attention to emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns.

The Clinic supports a broad spectrum of needs focusing on children and adults, including.

  • Child counseling,
  • ART Adherence for HIV positive children,
  • Adolescence counseling,
  • Post rape counseling and trauma counseling,
  • Couple counseling
  • HIV testing counseling.

Curative Services

According to Wikipedia, curative care is “…is the health care given for medical conditions where a cure is considered achievable, or even possibly so, and directed to this end.”

The Clinic will therefore provide services that include:
1. Mother Child Health care: Immunization, reproductive health services, health education and individual based counseling.
2. Antenatal clinics: Antenatal services to expectant mothers in a friendly environment
3. Well baby clinic: Immunization and growth monitoring services to children.
4. Community Health Education: Community health education through schools, outreaches and barazas’

In addition to these three pillars, Boresha Health Clinic will contain a fully stocked Pharmacy, a dispensing unit which is well equipped with the latest drugs and is a member of Mission for Essential Drugs (MEDS).
It will also offer Lab services offering a range of tests with accurate, precise and meaningful results with an acceptable speed of delivery.

Pleasant Environment

The Clinic opens its doors from 9 – 5 pm every day.

Situated 20 meters from Makutano Junction, on your way to Deliverance Church and Kinoru Stadium, Boresha Health Clinic sits on well manicured gardens. The walls of the facility are attractively designed to appeal to children and make them feel at ease.

The Clinic is manned by a Clinical Officer, a registered nurse, laboratory technologist, a counselor and a clinic administrator.

Day by day operations will be supervised by a Board of Management subcommittee headed by renowned business and entrepreneurship scholar and comprises a team of professionals with a wealth of experience in healthcare and business management.

The team seeks to demystify the notion that health is only accessible to the affluent in society and ensure accessibility to all who require the service.

 

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World Aids Day 2016: What Will It Take To Kick Out HIV?

That’s a question we all need to answer.

Exactly what will it take to stop HIV in its tracks?

Let’s answer that.

It will take YOU.

Here’s how you can help.

For starters, Ripples International is planning a World Aids Day processional march from Kangeta to Meru City center.

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The walk begins from 9.30 am.

Our aim is to raise commemorate World Aids Day by emphasizing our commitment to HIV awareness efforts and prevention exercises in our region.

We will culminate the walk in a public meeting at Meru town held in collaboration with AWDF and Boresha Health, where we will urge everyone to take an active stance in championing HIV awareness efforts in your area.

Why are we doing this?

Because it is time for you and me to step up our efforts in combating HIV. The information and resources to do so are at our beck and call. We live in a time where new technologies, advancements in science and the digital revolution have totally changed our lives.

People with HIV can now download Apps that keep them aware of their medicine schedule and any sudden changes in their bodies. You can regulate your condition with digital tools and applications that keep you monitoring your health instantly.

New global efforts have meant that the number of people receiving HIV treatment has increased dramatically in recent years, particularly in resource-poor countries.

In other words, a vision that once looked so bleak, is now achievable.

We can win the war against HIV!

How Can You Get Involved

We have more creative efforts and opportunities for people to get involved in HIV Awareness/Prevention exercises. Let’s explore some of them.

  1. You could set up a blog that discusses ways and methods of HIV prevention.
  2. Wear a red ribbon to work as a symbol of your support for the cause.
  3. You could compose a song that become the anthem of change for HIV awareness.
  4. You could hold a public meeting at the local Polytechnic where you bring together top leaders from your neighborhood.
  5. You could fund local research efforts.
  6. Invite a person living with AIDS or health care worker to come and talk to students about HIV/AIDS discrimination.
  7. You could hold various networking seminars
  8. You could stage a Play at your local Theatre
  9. Organize a free HIV Awareness music concert in your city.

So you see, there are various creative ways that you can help inspire HIV Awareness where you are.

Let’s share with you what we’ve been up to for the last 10 years.

10 Years of HIV Prevention and Awareness Community Efforts

For the last 10 years, this has been an integral part of our work.

We have seen mothers abandon their babies because they were born with HIV.

Back in 2006, the feeling was that a baby born with the virus is doomed to die.

Not so.

We rescued as many babies as possible. We accommodated babies at our New Start Center who were as young as 3 months old. 2

We visited police stations and asked the police officers to alert us immediately they found abandoned babies like this.

We told the local community leaders and Chiefs that they should use our hotline to alert us in case they came across any case like this. We held local ‘baraza’s’ where we brought the community together to assure them that the virus is not a death sentence.

We gave the babies milk and food.

We provided a temporary shelter for them.

We funded their medical care. We sat with them in hospital.

We cuddled them, we sang to them, we held them as they slept.

We treated them like our own children.

In the presence of such love and acceptance, the babies thrived. They grew strong, without any fear of victimization. They didn’t even know ‘something’ was wrong with them.

Most of the babies we rescued are now vibrant, happy teenagers. They have been restored to their families, and are continuing with their schooling. They are living a happy life.

Since then, we have rescued over 100 babies and held over 200 community workshops.

These are the incredible success stories that give us the joy and strength to come to work every day.

 

In 2016, The Work Continues…

Since 2006, the fear and phobia people had against people living with HIV has reduced. No longer do we have husbands kicking out their wives because they have HIV. It’s a rare instance where a husband deliberately comes home to infect his wife with HIV because he too has the virus.

But we need to do more. A lot more.

Stopping the AIDS epidemic is part of the Sustainable development goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The United Nations, on September 25th 2015, adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.

Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

So, we all have a role to play if we want to kick HIV out of the world by 2030.

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New HIV infections among children have declined by 50% since 2010.

Let’s take a look at the statistics according to UNAIDS.

  • Worldwide, 150 000 [110 000–190 000] children became newly infected with HIV in 2015, down from 290 000 [250 000–350 000] in 2010. Source UNAIDS

Global HIV Statistics

  • 18.2 million [16.1 million–19.0 million] people were accessing antiretroviral therapy (June 2016) Source UNAIDS
  • 36.7 million [34.0 million–39.8 million] people globally were living with HIV (end 2015) Source UNAIDS
  • 2.1 million [1.8 million–2.4 million] people became newly infected with HIV (end 2015) Source UNAIDS
  • In 2015, an estimated 36.7 million people were living with HIV (including 1.8 million children) – a global HIV prevalence of 0.8%
  • Since the start of the epidemic, an estimated 78 million people have become infected with HIV and 35 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses

AIDS-related deaths

  • AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 45% since the peak in 2005. Source UNAIDS
    • In 2015, 1.1 million [940 000–1.3 million] people died from AIDS-related causes worldwide, compared to 2 million [1.7 million–2.3 million] in 2005. Source UNAIDS

Africa Statistics

  • Sub-Saharan Africa, the hardest hit region, is home to nearly 70% of people living with HIV but only about 13% of the world’s population. Source KFF.org
  • The sub-region of Eastern and Southern Africa is home to more than half (52%) of all people living with HIV, as well as more than half of the children living with HIV (56%) Source KFF.org
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Source: Avert.org

This Is A Wake Up Call

We have come a long way.

You see, it is possible to overcome the stigma and continue with your life.

HIV is not a prison sentence. It’s a wake up call.

It’s a wake up call to adults to be more responsible.

It’s a wake up call that we need to be accountable to one another.

It’s a wake up call to all of us that we need to stand up and do something about a scourge that is affecting families around us.

It’s also a wake up call that we can fight and overcome HIV!

15 million people are already accessing life-saving ART’s. We have what it takes to break the #AIDS pandemic.

Join The Movement

By simply using one of the creative methods above, you can be part of the global movement to kick AIDS out of the world by 2030.

Tomorrow, as we reflect on the gains we have achieved so far in our fight against HIV, let’s whisper a prayer or all those who are living with the virus.

I like the local TV commercial where a young boy said, “I have the virus, but I am not a virus.”

I have the virus, but I am not a virus.

Join the movement today to champion HIV awareness in your area.

What will it take to kick out HIV

The theme for the 2016 observance of World AIDS Day is “Hands up for #HIVprevention.” It emphasizes different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people beginning with key populations and people living with HIV, as well as how the disease impacts adolescent girls and young women.

You could also support us in our work to save as many orphans and vulnerable children as possible from a life of stigma and shame.

In fact, Avert.org have a very creative approach for you if you want to get involved. They have created an interactive online timeline for you to read, see, hear and explore how things have changed over the past four decades of the HIV epidemic.

World Aids Day 2016

Make a difference during Worlds Aids Day. The world is waiting for you to do your part.

Will you be counted as one of the few to heed the call?

We hope so!

Here’s to a world free of the HIV scourge!

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2016 Global Leadership Summit Comes To Meru!

Welcome To The 2016 Global Leadership Summit – Meru!

The 2016 Global Leadership Summit comes to Meru County from Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 2016 at the Kenya Methodist University complex (KEMU).

Ripples International are the event managers for the Summit.

This power-packed Summit has already drawn a lot of interest from top business leaders and Christian professionals in the County.

For only Ksh 1,500/-, the region’s top professionals will get to watch, listen and interact with 10 of the top Christian business minds in the world.

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Kenya Methodist University (KEMU) will be the venue for this phenomenal leadership event that has inspired millions to pursue their God-given destiny.

Tickets are already selling out fast.

The Global Leadership Summit – GLS for short – has a rich history of transforming regular business people like you and me!

By illuminating business principles and key insights of entrepreneurship tucked away in the Bible, GLS has helped millions of people launch new businesses, launch into their God-given destiny and realize the amazing leadership potential that Christians have.

Thousands of delegates all over the world listen keenly over 2 days as top class business people share their secrets of success that have enabled them set up some of the most influential business brands in the world.

This year is no different.

10 of the biggest most inspirational business leaders, hosted by Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, will share their time tested principles based on the theme, ‘Lead from where you are.’

GLS Key Speakers – Meru Edition

Key speakers for the Meru edition include Bill Hybels, Bishop T.D Jakes, Wilfredo de Jesús, Erin Meyers, Partick Lencioni, John Maxwell and Travis Bradberry. Local Speakers are Bishop Calisto Odede and Frida Owinga.

A Glimpse Into GLS- Meru

The 2016 Global Leadership Summit is divided into two days, each with 3 sessions – morning, mid-morning and afternoon sessions.

After each session, delegates have a chance to interact and chat with each other, sharing key pointers learned during each topic and then follow up with action points that eventually lead to revision of business destiny, new goal-setting and accountability manifestos.

Bill Hybels – Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

Founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, Bill Hybels starts off the Summit with a brilliant eye opener titled, “The Lenses of Leadership.”

Bill Hybels, 2016 Global Leadership SummitWillow Creek Community Church, a church of more than 25,000 that celebrated its 40th year in 2015.

He founded The Global Leadership Summit with a commitment to develop and mentor leaders worldwide, now impacting leaders in 125 countries.

Hybels is the best-selling author of more than 20 books and his new video curriculum, Leading From Here to There: 5 Essential Skills is releasing in August 2016.

Alan Mulally – President and CEO The Ford Motor Company (2006-1014)

Alan Mulally kicks off session 2 with a presentation titled, “The Art Of Working Talan mulally, 2016 Global Leadership Summitogether.”

Alan Mulally was the President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ford Motor Company from 2006-2014.
Alan led Ford’s transformation into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States—returning it to profitability and changing the way the organization works.
Prior to joining Ford, he served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company.
Mulally has been named No. 3 on Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders” list and one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine.

Erin Meyer- Professor at INSEAD; Author and Consultant

Erin Meyer is a professor at INSEAD in France, one of the world’s leading business schools.
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Her recently released book, The Culture Map, focuses on how the world’s most successful global leaders navigate the complexities of cultural differences in a multicultural environment.
In 2015, Meyer won the Thinkers50 “On the Radar” award, given to the best of the new generation of thinkers most likely to shape the future of business and business thinking.
 

Dr. Travis Bradberry- Bestselling Author; Co-Founder of TalentSmart

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Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the co-founder of TalentSmart—a consultancy that serves more than 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
A world-renowned expert in Emotional intelligence 2.0, Bradberry speaks regularly in corporate and public settings helping listeners better understand what emotional intelligence is, and most importantly, how to use it to improve their leadership.
Dr. Travis closes off Day 1 of this epic business summit.

2016 Global Leadership Summit – Day 2

Day 2 begins on a loud note with Patrick Lencioni, Wilfredo de Jesús, John Maxwell, Bishop T.D Jakes and Melinda Gates.

Patrick Lencioni – The Ideal Team Player

Patrick Lencioni shows you ‘How To Be The Ideal Team Player’ and work the complex dynamics of various personalities within your Organization to achieve the same goal with les the stress, less the drama and less the fall-out related with such work-relationship dynamics.

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Patrick Lencioni is the author of 10 business books that have sold nearly 5 million copies, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

The Wall Street Journal called him one of the most sought after business speakers in America, and he consults on topics related to leadership and organizational health.

A Summit favorite, Lencioni’s upcoming release, The Ideal Team Player, explores the three essential virtues that accelerate teamwork and predict team success.

Bishop T.D Jakes – The Potter’s House

One of the undisputed favorites with global audiences, Bishop T.D Jakes takes to the stage through a riveting ‘One-on-One’ interview. global leadership summit, 2016 Global Leadership Summit, Bishop T.D Jakes

Find out more about his humble beginnings and incredible insights that God shared with him as he built Potter’s House from a mere 400 in attendance into a mega 30,000-strong Church. 

Bishop T.D. Jakes is a visionary, provocative thinker and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church.

Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine , Jakes’ reach and presence spans film, television, radio and books, including his most recent New York Times bestseller, Destiny: Step into Your Purpose and his latest film, Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner.

Staying The Course – Wilfredo De Jesus: Senior Pastor New Life Covenant Church

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Session 6 features a power combo of John Maxwell and Wilfredo de Jesus.

Wilfredo’s topic is dubbed “Staying the Course.’

I won’t reveal the amazing story behind his session what he will share, other than to say that if you are an entrepreneur struggling with idea, opportunity and funding, you MUST listen to him.

Wilfredo De Jesús is the Senior Pastor, New Life Covenant Church; Community Leader and Author.
Under Wilfredo De Jesús’ leadership, New Life Covenant Church has grown from 120 people to more than 17,000 through church plants and to more than 130 ministries reaching the most disenfranchised—the poor, homeless, prostitutes, drug addicts and gang members. Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2013, De Jesús is the author of In the Gap and became a Summit favorite following his challenging and inspiring talk in 2014.

 

Reasons To Attend

It’s pretty clear why someone should attend this Meru Summit.

The caption below speaks for itself.

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The Global Leadership Summit is a world-class experience for Christian leaders  who want to get better. The Summit is not just an event to attend, but a resource to be leveraged year round.

About GLS

No matter where you lead, The Global Leadership Summit is a world-  class experience designed to help you get better and embrace your  grander vision—the reason God called you to lead. Broadcast LIVE in  HD from Willow’s campus near Chicago to over 375 Premier Host  Sites in North America and later around the world, you are invited to join an expected 260,000 leaders in 2015.

Pay Now, Secure Your Seat

You can secure your seat in this world-class forum by calling +254 722 733 128 or emailing ceo@ripplesintl.or.ke.
Book your delegate pass now via Mpesa on Paybill: 222 008, Account Name: GLS

Still Have Questions?

Ripples International is working in conjunction with International Christian Ministries (ICM) to stage the 2016 Global Leadership Summit in Meru.

If you have questions or would like to participate in any way, let us know! We’d love to have you on board.

You can book your entire leadership team for the Summit, or sponsor a group of talented students from your local University. Alternatively, become a Platinum Sponsor for the 1st edition of GLS-Meru Summit.

There are attractive packages available for you.

Sponsorship packages are being taken up quickly so you need to hurry to beat the rush.

Founded in 1992, Willow Creek Association (WCA) exists to help Christians grow their leadership to maximize Kingdom impact.

WCA is committed to a singular idea: that inspired, encouraged and equipped Christian leaders create thriving local  churches that redeem their communities for Christ.

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Laare Policeman Defiles 13-Year Old School Girl: Gets 20 Years In Prison

Laare Policeman Defiles 13-Year old School Girl: Receives 20 Year Jail Sentence

Joseph Mutua, an Administration Police officer assigned to Laare Police Post, was found guilty on Thursday 27th October 2016 by a Maua Law Court for defiling a 13-year old school girl and subsequently jailed for 20 years.

This brings to a close a court case that had dragged in court for the last 6 years.

Maua Principal Magistrate Oscar Wanyaga when giving his ruling, said that the Prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt the guilt of the accused. Maua Law Courts

He mentioned that the valid proof of the DNA samples proved conclusively that the accused was indeed the infant’s father and furthermore that the crime had taken place when the girl was only 13 years old.

The Chief Magistrate further mentioned that the claims by the defendant’s lawyer that the man and girl were man and wife were false with no proof to validate the same.

“The police officer is meant to have protected the rights of the most vulnerable in society, who are children. I plead with this court to grant justice to the complainant,” advocate Muthomi Thiankolu said before the ruling.

Thiankolu represented Ripples International which was enjoined to the case as an interested party.

Joseph Mutua, now has 14 days to appeal his sentencing.

 

Justice Obstructed

The case was riddled with a number of obstructions, most notably from the accused fellow Police colleagues. Knowing their colleague was in stormy waters, several of the man’s fellow police colleagues attempted to do everything possible to delay the case, prompting lengthy delays.

The accused policeman denied all knowledge of the girl and her pregnancy when the parents confronted him 9 months after the offense was committed.

Following a report to the Meru District Child Officer and the filing of a complaint case against the policeman, investigations started in earnest.

A DNA sample taken from the accused was tampered with on the way to Nairobi. On two occasions, the court files went missing, prompting a Trial postponement.

It was only after a 2nd DNA test that came out 99.99% positive, that the man admitted to sleeping with the girl. His excuse was that he thought she was over 18 years of age.

 

A Series Of Cover-Up’s To Prevent Justice

It came to light that the accused then tried to cover up the matter by promising to marry the girl, take care of her and provide monetary upkeep. he also promised to take her back to school.

It was after a long string of broken promises that the parents of the girl took up the matter with the Police Force, the OCPD, the local Child Protection Officer and Ripples International in an attempt to pursue justice for their daughter.

The girl’s baby was born in 2011 when the girl was in the care of Ripples International – a child trust that rescues and champions the rights of orphans and vulnerable children in society.

Ripples International accommodated the girl upon request of her parents as she awaited delivery of her baby. While the girl was at the Brenda Boone Hope Center (Tumaini), Ripples International sought justice on behalf of the girl so that the police officer, who was at large, could be brought to justice.

 

A Crime Of Love Or Lust?

In December 2010, Joseph Mutua was assigned to protect a local bank. One evening as the policeman watched over the front entrance of the Bank, he noticed the school girl in the company of her friend walk past him on her way home from school. He motioned her to approach him.

Afraid about why a uniformed policeman would want to talk to her, the girl cautiously approached him. The man then proceeded to talk to her and ask her to spend time with him – a request she refused.

Several days later, as she was walking home from her grandmother’s house, the same policeman called her out and this time took her by the hand and led her to a back room at the A.P Quarters, where he defiled her.

She was ordered not to tell anyone. And tell anyone she didn’t. However, as the months progressed and her body changed to accommodate a growing baby, the school teacher made contact with the girl’s parents to notify them of his student’s sudden drop in grades and unusual body language.

A series of tests at the local medical center found the girl pregnant. It was at this point that she admitted that the AP policeman had defiled her and had ordered her not to tell anyone.

Then followed a long series of broken promises and attempts by the accused to keep the matter out of court.

In 2012, the girl’s parents pulled her and her baby from Ripples International’s safe custody but the organization successfully petitioned the High Court, which ordered the Director of Public Prosecutions and the police to investigate the case.

A Historic Win In The 160 Girls Chapter

This particular case has been one of the key landmark cases in the historic 160 Girls Initiative of 2013, championed by Ripples International to bring the Police Force to book for failing to investigate comprehensively sexual crimes against vulnerable girls in the country.

The historic High Court Ruling ordered the Police Force to leave no stone unturned to ensure that court cases of girls who were victims of sexual abuse, were exhaustively investigated and the criminals brought to justice.

The girl in this particular case was one of the 160 girls housed at the Ripples International Brenda Boone Hope Center at that time.

The girl was taken into the safe custody of the Organization when the parents realized that the girl was pregnant.

 

Through The Intervention Of Ripples International, Justice Is Served

Ripples International has done everything possible over the last 6 years to ensure that justice is finally served in this matter.

The organization proceeded to fund her counselling and her education, while paying all medical bills related to the pregnancy when the girl was admitted to the facility.

It was the abrupt manner that the parents of the girl removed her from the custody of the Organization that prompted Ripples International Executive Director, Mercy Chidi Baidoo to suspect that something was amiss.

Upon further investigations, it came to light that the accused had consistently bought off the parents while informing the Court that bride-price had been paid and the couple were now man and wife.

However, in court on Thursday, it was discovered that no such document or transaction had taken place between the accused and the girl’s family.

“The complainant says they are living together in Laare but the accused says they are staying together in Mombasa. This is not a matter that can be overlooked,” said Wanyanga.

Ripples International Executive Director Mercy Chidi-Baidoo, spoke to the press immediately after the Court ruling.

Mercy Chidi Baidoo

“This ruling proves that you cannot commit such a crime and hide. Whether you are a high ranking officer, or a senior person in society, we will find you and justice will be served.

The girl is now in Form Three and we are happy. After many delaying tactics by the defense, the matter has finally been concluded, six years later.

A Strong Show Of Support From Ripples International Staff

Mercy Chidi Baidoo was escorted to the Maua Law Courts by her team of staff from Ripples International who included the core team responsible for the safety of the girls housed at the Organization’s Brenda Boone Hope (Tumaini) Center.Ripples International Staff, Laari Policeman defiles school girl, Laare Policeman Defiles 13-Year old School Girl

Staff members present at the Maua Law Courts include Ghana Project Manager, Gideon Gichamba; Tumaini team leader Ida Njeru, Catherine Gatwiri, Phyllis Wambui, Anne Muthoni, Beatrice Kairuthi, Cornelius Kiplagat, Kevin Kinoti, Japheth Murithi, Douglas Marete, Bruce Mugambi, Fridah Kaimenyi, and interns working with the organization.

Ripples International’s Chaplain, Rev Jennifer Makuyu and Access to Justice Director John Burke Baidoo were also in attendance.

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13 Warning Signs That Suggest Child Sexual Abuse

If You Spot  A Child With One Of These Tell-tell Signs…take note.

Someone within your proximity may be sexually abusing a child and you don’t even know it. There are tell-tell signs that you can help identify such a grievous act is taking place.
We will tell you what these signs are and how to counter them and help do your part in preventing and protecting a girl from sexual abuse.
Child sexual abuse is more serious than you think.

  • One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of eighteen.
  • The majority of the rape victims Ripples International has come across have happened when the child is below thirteen years.
  • 75% of abuse cases are family members and additional 10% are acquaintances of the child.
  • Nearly a third of girls and 18% of boys in Kenya suffer some form of sexual violence before they are 18, according to a study published in 2010 by the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef). 

First of all, we need to define what child sexual abuse is.
According to E Medicine Health Journal, child abuse is defined as “…a variety of harmful behaviors directed against children.”

Child sexual abuse includes any activity that uses a child to create sexual gratification either in you or in others.

Do The Warning Signs Suggest Child Sexual Abuse?

Although the touching of children as a sign of affection and for hygiene is considered normal and necessary, there is a way to distinguish normal touching from child sexual abuse.
The key is the intention by the perpetrator to be sexually aroused by the activity or the intention to create sexual arousal in others.
It’s important to note that the desire to use children in any way to create or gratify sexual arousal is a crime.

Unfortunately, there are people in society who take it too far and in the process abuse children, destroying their lives, education, social systems and resulting in a life full of torment, hate, and physiological disorders.
Therefore it can take many forms, from sexual abuse to pedophilia, physical abuse, child neglect, emotional trauma, and psychological abuse. The victims in this case – the child- is usually not in potion to speak out forcefully in the matter.

The girl child is usually the silent victim under the oppression of a elder male authority figure. These figures include the father, uncle, older male relative or in many cases a male teacher.

The instances of boy child undergoing sexual abuse from an elder female authority are not strange. However, the statistics of rising girl child abuse continue to rise,

These 13 Warning Signs Suggest Child Sexual Abuse

  1. Making a child uncomfortable by ignoring social, emotional, or physical boundaries or limits.
  2. Refusing to let a child set any of his or her own limits; using teasing or belittling language to keep a child from setting a limit.
  3. Insisting on hugging, touching, kissing, tickling, wrestling with, or holding a child even when the child does not want this physical contact or attention.
  4. Turning to a child for emotional or physical comfort by sharing personal or private information or activities that are normally shared with adults.
  5. Frequently pointing out sexual images or telling inappropriate or suggestive jokes with children present.
  6. Exposing a child to adult sexual interactions without apparent concern.
  7. Having secret interactions with teens or children (e.g., games; sharing drugs, alcohol, or sexual material)
  8. Spending excessive time e-mailing, text-messaging, or calling a specific girl-child.
  9. Being overly interested in the sexuality of a particular child or teen (e.g., talks repeatedly about the child’s developing body or interferes with normal teen dating)
  10. Insisting on or managing to spend unusual amounts of uninterrupted time alone with a child.
  11. Seeming “too good to be true” (e.g., frequently babysits different children for free, takes children on special outings alone, buys children gifts or gives them money for no apparent reason)
  12. Frequently walking in on children/teens in the bathroom.
  13. Allowing children or teens to consistently get away with inappropriate behaviors.

What Do You Do Now?

Now that you know, you need to pay keen attention any time a child exhibits any of these signs.

These warning signs suggest child sexual abuse.

If it’s a child you know, use your wisdom and better judgment to approach the child and ask them if there is anything they would like to talk about. Ask them if they are afraid of anything and get them to gradually confide with you what’s going on.
If you determine the matter to be a grave matter of sexual molestation, then don’t react in anger. The child may mistake that to be a reaction against her.

We wrote an article about how to go about getting the child to open up. What you need to do at this point is ask the child if there is any older person at home they trust.

Then approach the person with the child and share the information with them and urge them to report the matter to the nearest Child Protection office for further investigation.

In case the child is not familiar to you, call your nearest Child Protection office, report the matter and ask them to investigate it further. If you are absolutely sure, then there is only one course of action. Report it to the Police! But be absolutely sure.

Remember, it could be happening right under your eyes.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Let’s do our part in reducing the statistics of child sexual abuse in our community.

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What Should I Do If A Child Discloses Sexual Abuse?

A Child could disclose signs of sexual abuse and you need to know what they are.

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Should I Talk To My Child About Sexual Abuse?

This is a big question that parents grapple with due to its embarrassing nature. What exactly should you do in this case?

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Breaking The Silence

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) is an alarming reality in our community today.

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