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Get Involved! 13 Exciting Community Activities For You

How You Can Get Involved In Community

One of the best things you can do in your life is give back to the community.

There are literally tons of creative ways that you can explore to give your community a sense of purpose and a wonderful feeling of anticipation.

Get Involved

Using these 13 exciting community activities, you can be the one to stir a sense of community and ownership in your community and bring everyone together.

Depending on the neighborhood, it may take a while to get everyone on the same page, but it is worth the effort. And the effort is well worth it in the end.

We have a number of ways for you to get involved in our projects.

See some of our popular options below.

 

13 Exciting Community Activities For You To Do

1.Become A Volunteer

Become a weekend volunteer at your favorite Charity!

I occasionally visit Hope Children’s Home in Nairobi where we give out toys, clothes and play with the babies.

You can do the same thing too!

In the process, you can help them mow the grass, clean the clothes, prepare a meal, or teach them a new skill – like how to sing, play the piano, play football and more. If you have more time, you could spend more than a day at the center.

Ripples International regularly allows volunteers too in case you are in Meru. If you are an international student and seeking a work-study program, we have been privileged to host over 10 international students in the last five years.

We have a Volunteer form that you are required to fill in. Once you fill it in and send to the Executive Director, you will be notified of the outcome of your application.

 

2. Offer A Quick Prayer

I fully believe that prayer changes the world.

And for Charities that rely on our goodwill, a daily prayer could make the difference in ways you could never imagine.

Here at Ripples International, we can never get enough of prayer.

In fact, we begin all our days with prayer and bible study.

God is the reason we are here. So we always keep Him at the forefront of everything we do.

That means one of the most important ways you can help us is by praying for our organization every day.

We have a daily prayer list and knowing that you are committing us to God every day through our ‘Say-A-Prayer” daily marathon would be the most amazing thing you can do for anyone.

3. Become A Partner

Become a partner with your favorite Charity where you uphold a certain commitment to the cause.

It could be a financial contribution or a visit.

You will never know just how priceless a simple visit is. It’s one of the best things you can do for the workers. Surprise them with a quick lunch like pizza, french fries and sodas just to say ‘thank you.’

Imagine how long they would remember such a kind gesture!

Here at Rippes International, you can also become a #TeamRipples partner!

4. Put On A Film Screening!

Who doesn’t enjoy watching a great movie on a big screen with a tub of tasty popcorn?

You can organize a film screening at a local school, church, community center or even outside, under the stars. Choose to screen a popular family film like ‘Sound of Music’, ‘Baby’s Day Out’ or ‘Lion King.’

Who can forget the Lion King??!

Just don’t air ‘The Jesus Movie” It’s been overdone.

 

4. Mobilize A Gardening Crew

I’ve just had my garden trimmed while writing this and I thought, “Why not?”

Here are a group of four guys, one with a lawn mower, the other with shears and the other two with rakes and forks. They spent two hours trimming the garden, pruning all the flowers and by the sound of it, they had fun!

You could do the same thing too! There’s nothing like a bit of company to keep you in good spirits as you are doing this activity.

Gather four of your friends and visit every home with the offer to prune their garden for a small fee.
say you approach twenty homes, there are at least nine that will accept your offer, especially if you are well known in your neighborhood.

Who knows? it could turn out to be a very profitable side business!

You can go further.

Restore your community to its former glory by relating trees and flowers. I know we desperately need someone in Nairobi to do that! Too many trees have been cut down in residential areas for no good reason!

Why not organize a group of volunteers to restore it to its former glory? Digging out weeds, picking litter and planting flowers will transform it into something for all to enjoy and encourage people to take an active part in caring for their local area.

And then ask a fee for your time and effort. All proceeds go to Charity.

 

5. Organize An Arts & Crafts Festival

I would really love to see a Meru Art And Craft Festival.

I really hope someone reads this and runs away with the idea.

Every community has talented artists.

Mobilize them to be exhibitors at the first ever Art And Craft Festival in your town.

Obviously, they will pay you a vendor fee for the right to exhibit their paintings. This festival is also open to the public at a entry fee, all of which goes to charity after you’ve deducted your expenses.

Art and Craft covers so many type of activities that you won’t run out of vendors any time soon.

Plus your local brands and businesses can be your first sponsors.

You could sell anything from paintings to flower pots, knitted wear, handmade jewelry, ornaments, baskets and fabrics and more.

Explore some of the top festivals around the world and model that.

A community in Highams Park, created a community arts festival and managed to get a local street artist hub to come down and create some live art. If you’re trying to reach younger members of the community, live street art is a great way to get them to your festival.

 

6. Start A Workplace Campaign

Mobilize your friends to pay a Charity or local community center a visit!

Perhaps, you can gather your friends together and hold a charity-related activity. This is what I mean.

You could use your lunchtime to visit the center and clean it up, offer some much needed supplies or cook them lunch.

You could spend your lunchtime praying for the organization.

You could post a list of the Charities in your office and list their pressing needs. Then every week, visit the Charity and surprise them with the much needed item/gift/service.

They will never forget you!!!

 

7.Spread The Word Via Twitter

Use your social influence to spread the word about your community and all the exciting things happening in your part oft he world.

With twitter, the more info you have, the more people like it!

While we are on the topic, you could join our ever expanding twitter community and help keep the conversation going by sharing insightful tweets, retweeting our messages or posting inspirational messages.

 

8.  Car Boot Sale

Pull your friends, family and church members to participate in a Car boot sale.

As the name suggests, each vendor sells household items in the boot of their car. A portion of the funds goes to Charity in your community.

 

9. Barbeque

This is one of the most engaging events you could hold. Get a couple of vendors. You could be the vendor yourself!

Produce some posters and spread them around town.

As some of the local brands to sponsor the event and showcase their products and services during the party. Whip up a sumptuous menu and get the event started.

For a small cover charge, each visitor gets a massive discount at one of the stalls. All proceeds go to charity.

 

10. Community Sports Tournament

We’ve held these tournaments below in Meru North and Samburu to resounding success! You can build on that to organize your own Charity sports tournament.

Spend 3 weeks promoting the idea to local groups in your area – from Church groups to schools, sports clubs, women groups, etc.Each of them have two weeks to form and train as a team.

Make an exciting roster of activities like ‘7-A-Side football’ to netball, ‘4-Man basketball’, the 50 meter dash, obstacle race, the strongest man/woman contest, ‘King-of-Ugali’ contest and more.

 

11. Talent Show

One of the most exciting things you can do that will leave a world of good is a talent show.

Everyone has a talent. And everyone wishes that they could show their talent to the world. Here’s your chance! this is how the kings of comedy we see in ‘Churchill Live’ are born.

Again, spend three weeks promoting the idea to your local groups and institute a cover charge for participation. Approach your local sports center and ask them to sponsor as a venue partner. Give everyone two weeks to practice until perfect.

Then on the final day, open the doors to the public who pay a cover charge to see the greatest talent of the town on display!

 

12. Singing Competition

Similar to the talent competition, you can actually hold this one as a separate entity instead of combining it with the talent show.

Approach the local brands and ask them to sponsor the prizes for the Overall winner, 1st and 2nd runners-up.

 

13. Mini Walk

Choose a Sunday and get your friends, family and church members to stage a walk around town, all for a worthy cause.

All these activities are cost efficient and don’t require significant money to implement. You could even use our facility to carry them out.

For all these activities, you charge patrons a cover charge for attendance and draw a lot of excited publicity because of the community nature of the event.

 

Conclusion

In case you are interested in pursuing any of these ideas or seeing how you can develop a local event chapter, contact our Public Relations Office.

They will be more than happy to help out!

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Zero Violence254 Initiative: The Grand Finale

Zero Violence254: Grand Finale

We Have To Finish Strong!!

That was the message from Kagwiria Mbogori of Kenya National Commission of Human Rights (KNHCR)

Indeed the Zero Violence254 team lived up to this expectation.

John Burke Baidoo, Douglas Kinyua and Douglas Marete defied insurmountable odds to finish the grueling 1,500 km Kwale to Moyale walk in less time than anticipated.

In fact, they completed it 11 days ahead of schedule!

The walk that was supposed to take 60 days was accomplished in less than 49 days.

The team set off on the walk on 15 March 2017 in Kwale and arrived to a heroes welcome in Moyale on 4th May 2017.

Counting The Gains Of The Zero Violence254 Walk

In accomplishing this feat, they have done more to spread awareness about the ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act of Kenya than anyone else.

During the walk, they visited dignitaries, school authorities, Heads of NGO’s, the Police fraternity, Women’s Representatives in various Counties and Members of Parliament all of whom signed the ‘I Take A stand Against Violence’ Pledge and supported the campaign in various ways.

It is said a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.

This is only the beginning of the fight against all forms of violence.

#ZeroViolence254 continues!

Revisit The Grand Finale Through Our Slideshow

Relive highlights of the epic finale below in our slideshow as the team arrived in Moyale to a rousing welcome and reception.

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Zero Violence254 Walk: Meru To Isiolo Highlights

Zero Violence254 Walk

After The Achievement Of A Significant Milestone…

It was time to set out to achieve another milestone, this time completing the final leg of the Zero Violence254 walk: the distance from Meru to Isiolo and eventually Moyale.

It’s Thursday 13 April 2017.

After a brief rest, the Zero Violence team was on the road again – this time to Isiolo.

The Walk To Isiolo

Isiolo is a 52.4 km distance from Meru.

There are no two towns that are as opposite in character like Meru and Isiolo.

While Meru sits on the foot of Mount Kenya, at an altitude of 5,100 meters above sea level, in an area of mixed forest, large plantations, heavily cultivated rural farms, small towns, factories and a bustling city; Isiolo lies at an average altitude of 200-300 meters above the sea level. Some areas of the county go up to 1000 meters above sea level, characterized by sandy soil, semi arid, flat desert land. Temperatures naturally lie in the region of 35-40 degrees.

After a session of successful visits with the Police Commandant Meru, The Member of Parliament for Meru North and the Women’s Representative among other key stakeholders, the Zero Violence254 team was invigorated and ready to face another session on the road.

On The Road To Isiolo

And this time, they were not alone.

Members of Sifa and Trinity Church, Meru came out in dozens to support them and walk the full 40 km km stretch to Isiolo.

In the process they brought traffic to a standstill as motorists stopped to look at the 50+ walking community.

What a wonderful show of support from the Meru community and all for a good cause.

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Zero Violence254 Walk: Arrival In Meru

Zero Violence254 Walk: Arrival In Meru

The Lap to Meru

As the crew enter Meru town today, you could say the finish line is closer at hand.

That’s because the terrain gradually straightens out from Mountain country to flat plains and eventually flat semi desert as the team proceeds from Meru to Isiolo.
But this day is especially emotional.

Reunion With Family And Friends

You see Meru is the crew’s home town.

Most of the friends and family are eagerly waiting to see our triumphant team of walkers and ready to give them a standing (or should we say walking) ovation.

After 28 days on the trail, nothing warms the spirit than seeing the ones you love by your side.

It’s The Stuff of Champions

This is the stuff of champions.
Who would have thought that John and the team would have completed over 800 km in less than 30 days?

And right on the brink of Easter, it means that john, Marete and Kinyua can enjoy a well deserved break with family and resume the trail come Tuesday 18 April.

And what a welcome they got from friends and family, and we captured it all on camera for you to enjoy.

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Kwale To Nairobi In 17 Days!

Recapping The Epic Zero Violence Walk So Far

This Is The Stuff Of Champions!

On Wednesday 15 March 2017, John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua stood firm and tall at the Lunga Lunga Police Post, Kwale County at 6.30 am ahead of a daunting 1,500 km walk.

Glancing at them, you wondered what was going on in their minds.

 

After all, a mammoth 1,500 km lay ahead of them, through coastal tropical plains, savanna, hilly terrain and plateau and savanna terrain.

For the hundreds of people who had gathered to witness the launch of the Zero Violence254 Walk, I’m sure the same questions passed through their minds.

Incredible Progress So Far

Yet, on Friday 31 March 2017, a triumphant John and Douglas stood with their hands held high at Uhuru Park, Nairobi.

They had just completed 660 km from Kwale to Nairobi in record time, 3 days ahead of schedule.

Uhuru Park – The Place Of Historic Milestones

Zero Violence254 Walk: Kwale to Nairobi

John Burke Baidoo celebrates his arrival at Uhuru Park on Friday 31 March 2017 during the ongoing Zero Violence254 Walk.

Uhuru Park is the ideal spot to celebrate this milestone.

Every momentous history-changing occasion has been held and celebrated at Uhuru Park.

It’s the place of destiny. The place of life-transforming decisions, the place of pivotal change.

The Zero Violence254 Initiative is a pivotal changing moment in time, one moment that will bring more awareness to a neglected group of people who suffer silently and painfully.

Survivors of domestic violence for the most part are unseen, unheard and unknown.

For every case that is reported to the Authorities, there are 20 more cases that go unnoticed, mostly because the survivors are too scared to speak out, and don’t know their rights under the Constitution.

This walk changes all that.

The amount of civic education that has stemmed from the last 15 days as a result of this walk has given more insight and top of mind awareness on the constitution of domestic violence and the exact process of steps to take in such situations.

Now, every person who undergoes such treatment in the hands of offenders will know exactly what to do. They will know exactly what constitutes domestic violence.

They will be emboldened to speak out against any such treatment against themselves, their family members and friends now that they are protected by the Constitution.

Triumphant Arrival In Nairobi

This was one of the things that made the Zero Violence254 team’s arrival in Nairobi such a momentous occasion.

It shows that we are winning!

As John Burke Baidoo, Douglas Kinyua and Douglas Marete approached Nairobi, they received a great show of support from well wishers.

Family and friends joined the group at Athi River, a bustling commercial town on the outskirts of Nairobi, and walked the remaining 40 km to Nairobi together with the team.

As they walked, they brought traffic to a standstill as people noticed their unique T-Shirts with the magnificent Zero Violence254 logo emblazoned on the back and front.

The group was all smiles as they walked majestically forward, the day’s finish line approaching ever so fast.

The hoots and honks from motorists as they recognized this group gave the group added strength and cheer to push on.

We’re Already Half Done

The Kwale- Nairobi leg is pretty significant for a number of reasons.

Half the Zero Violence254 walk is done.

What was touted to be the toughest part of the walk – one that would take the walkers through Game Reserves, long stretches of abandoned country and imminent danger from wild animals – is now behind the team.

What lies ahead of our champion walkers is a brisk walk to the central part of Kenya, an area dominated by the steep hills on the foothills of Mount Kenya, before descending into desert country that will take them north to the center-most part of Kenya (Isiolo) and then northwards to the Ethiopian-Kenyan border town of Moyale.

Their next milestone is the county of Meru, sitting at the foot of Mount Kenya.

This part of the journey is relatively shorter. More importantly, there are rest stops and commercial centers every 15 km, so progress and restoration of supplies is faster and more convenient.

At this pace, the team will arrive in Moyale by the 5th of May.

The (Impossible) Walk Is So Possible

15 days ago, people wondered whether the walk was even possible.

Now, as the group stands at Uhuru Park, we all know the (impossible) walk is possible.

You Play A Part In This Momentous Event

You too have a role to play in this walk.

You can buy a step for every step that John and Douglas have completed so far.

In fact, why not buy a sequence of steps?

You can opt for a pack of 10 steps at Ksh 500/- per step or 20 steps at Ksh 500/- each.

John and Douglas have done their part in creating history. It’s your turn now.

To contribute, donate by going here.

Let’s make history together!

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The Great Launch Of Zero Violence254 Walk

The Launch Of The Zero Violence254 Walk

It’s 15 March, 2017.

This is a day that will be marked for years to come as one of the greatest efforts to kick domestic violence out of Kenya once and for all.

On this day, John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua were joined by hundreds of dignitaries, supporters, work colleagues at the launch of the Zero Violence254 walk.

The Intensity Of The 1,500 km Trek

Let’s understand the implication of this walk.

1,500 km on the road is no easy task.

Most of us would balk at the prospect of walking 40 km a day on hard scorching tarmac, gritty sand, and wet mud.

Not so John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua.

 

Amplifying The Voice Against Domestic Violence

Over the next 60 days, John and Douglas will walk through the toughest terrain in Kenya in a bid to raise 15 million shillings to aid the Zero Violence Initiative.

In the process, they will endure dehydration, pain, swollen ankles, bruises, blisters and tons of worn out shoes to amplify the voice against domestic violence in Kenya.

The Zero Violence254 Launch

Both men woke up at the brink of dawn on Wednesday 15 March, and made their way to Kwale Police Station to embark on what is easily the toughest assignment of their lives.

Wearing tracksuits and protective sun gear, both men stood up tall and proud with a firm look of determination on their faces as they peered into the horizon, probably imagining what lay ahead of them.

They were not alone.

A good-sized crowd made up of locals, the local Boda Boda community, Police officers, well wishers, school-goers and Charity workers gathered to witness the launch of the Zero Violence254 Walk.

Relive highlights of Day 1 below.

Local Security and Police Chiefs look on as the Zero Violence254 Walk gets underway, impressed by the show of courage, resilience and commitment from John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua.

Dignitaries, John Burke Baidoo, Douglas Kinyua and members of the local community gather for the official launch of the Zero Violence254 Walk in Kwale.

Over the next 60 days, John and Douglas will walk 1,500 km from Kwale in the southern corner of Kenya to Moyale, the northern corner to Kenya.

The journey will test every inch of their endurance and strength.

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  • The local Administration Police Chief, Kwale County, addresses the crowd.

     

  • The historic event was captured on camera by local and international press.

  • Members of the local community pay close attention to the proceedings.

  • It’s now time for John to address the crowd, and articulate his reasons for undertaking such an arduous task.

  • Chief Executive Officer, Ripples International, Mrs. Mercy Chidi Baidoo addresses the crowd.

  • And with the speeches done, John hands the flag over to the Police Chiefs to flag off the walk.

  • Local Security and Police Chiefs look on as the Zero Violence254 Walk gets underway, impressed by the show of courage, resilience and commitment from John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua.

  • Dignitaries, John Burke Baidoo, Douglas Kinyua and members of the local community gather for the official launch of the Zero Violence254 Walk in Kwale.

    Over the next 60 days, John and Douglas will walk 1,500 km from Kwale in the southern corner of Kenya to Moyale, the northern corner to Kenya.

    The journey will test every inch of their endurance and strength.

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The Great Flag-Off

Once the speeches were done, it was time for the great flag-off.

What a fabulous show of support from the local community as the police chiefs flag off the walk.

The local Boda Boda community gathered en masse and escorted John, Douglas Kinyua and Douglas Marete on the first 10 km, horns and lights blazing.

Chief Executive Officer, Ripples International, Mrs Mercy Chidi Baidoo, also showed her support for her husband by walking the first couple of kilometers with John.

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“I Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence!”

Taking A Stand Against Domestic And Election Violence In Kenya

Making domestic violence in Kenya a thing of the past is our prime responsibility right now.

In two days time, John Burke Baidoo and Douglas Kinyua will be making it their only responsibility as they begin the Zero Violence254 walk in Kwale.

In many respects, this walk can be termed ‘impossible’.

It’s an epic 1,500 km walk that takes the walkers from Kenya’s deep south and snakes its way 16 Counties, a kaleidoscope of desert, mountain, savanna and plateau terrain landscapes before eventually arriving in Moyale in the middle of May.

John urke Baidoo points ahead as he conducts the recce for the Zero violence254 walk outside Moyale

The team is determined to make the ‘impossible’ walk possible.

Along the way, John and Douglas will walk through vast spans of uninhabited land, the most formidable stretches being the section between Mazeras and Voi along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway and the stretch from Archer’s Post to Marsabit.

In both cases, the road meanders through desert and National Game Reserves with occurrences of meeting wildlife very likely.

In each of these cases, they will have to walk more than 40 km before any sign of humans settlement. But they are not deterred! By God’s grace, they will make it.

It goes to show the level of compassion and determination they have to make this vision a reality.

There will be a lot of domestic violence survivors who will have John and Douglas to thank by the time the walk  concludes at the end of May.

Join John Burke Baidoo On His Incredible Quest!

John smiles as he conducts the recce for the Zero Violence254 walk along the Isiolo-Marsabit highway

Accompanied by Douglas Kinyua of Ripples International, John will be pushing the limits of human endurance by walking 30 km every day.

It’s a distance of 1500 kilometers from the southern-most tip of Kenya in Kwale to Moyale – the northernmost tip of Kenya.

This feat has never been attempted before.

John intends to accomplish it in less than 60 days.

And judging by the intensity of the training marathons he’s been conducting over the last 30 days, he will do it!

 

The Role Of Ripples International

Ripples International, a non profit organization, supports the walk as part of its agenda to champion the rights of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC); many of whom were victims of domestic and post-election violence in Kenya many years ago.

Championing Awareness Of The PDV Act Kenya

This historic walk will create awareness on the newly enacted ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act’, Electoral Violence and also to raise funds for its Access to Justice Program, a legal initiative that assists the less privileged in society with free access to professional legal justice.

This targeted national level campaign will promote new behaviors, amplify the voices against domestic violence and electoral violence to create positive changes in the citizenry, and promote action against the various and merging forms of violence plaguing the nation.

As part of the legal outreach, the duo will facilitate group discussions for adolescent girls and boys to challenge attitudes, promote debate and undertake collective action against all forms of violence.

Want To Donate?

You may not be able to join the walkers on the journey. But you can donate to this worthy initiative.

It only takes a contribution of Ksh 500/-

Simply click on this link, ‘donation instructions’ and you’ll be instructed on what to do.

What we are doing

  • Providing free legal aid to needy members of society
  • Agitating an end to domestic violence in Kenya
  • Creating awareness for the “Protection Against Domestic Violence Act”
  • Championing ethnic sobriety and brotherly love

How can you help?

  • $10 Earns you a delightful ZeroViolence254 cap
  • $15 Buys you a trendy Zero Violence254 branded jersey
  • $50 Buys a Step of the Zero Violence254 1,500 km walk
  • $100 Enables a displaced family earn legal assistance in recovery of family property
  • $500 Will provide legal aid for 5 people
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It’s Time For The Zero Violence254 Initiative

The Zero Violence254 Initiative

The Zero Violence254 Initiative is a response to the various forms of violence in Kenya.

More specifically, it is a move to kick domestic and electoral violence out of Kenya once and for all.

Kicking Violence Out Of Kenya

To this end, the Zero Violence254 initiative team led by John Burke Baidoo will be launching a series of activities championing the awareness of the ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act of Kenya’.

One of these activities is the Zero Violence254 Walk that launches on 15 March 2017 in Kwale.

The walk begins in Kwale and takes the Zero Violence254 team through 16 counties to eventually arrive in Moyale, the border town that crisscrosses Kenya and Ethiopia.

The public can get involved by buying a step for as low as Ksh 500/-. Corporates are also invited to fund the campaign which will see John and Douglas take over 10,000 steps.

Each step is a step closer to kicking violence out of Kenya once and for all.

Introducing The Zero Violence254 Team

John Burke Baidoo is attempting the walk together with Douglas Kinyua, a project officer with Adili (Access To Justice) a program of Ripples International.

The duo staged a recce mapping out the best possible route to take for the walk in April this year.

Read all about the amazing recce here.

As we mentioned, the purpose of the walk is to create awareness on the ‘Protection Against Domestic Violence Act’, and take an active stand against electoral and domestic violence.

In recent history, Kenya has seen an outbreak of violence in electoral years. Thousands of Kenyans have been displaced from their homes and property as a result.

In fact, a great part of the work that John and Douglas do is as a result of that electoral violence. It may seem a bit far fetched considering that the last elections was five years ago, but to some of these families that were displaced from their property, it still is a very real concern.

Many of the displaced families are yet to receive adequate compensation or their day of justice in court.

Court cases dag on for years. Hence the very real need to get to the bottom of the issue and champion a move that will promote peace, advocacy and justice to the less fortunate.

Domestic Violence: Another silent criminal on the loose…

Unfortunately, many people do not know what domestic violence constitutes and as a result suffer silently in the hands of those who perpetrate this crime.

There are many actions that are, according to the Protection Against Domestic Violence Act, termed as domestic violence.

But without knowing that these actions, no one can do anything about it.

More importantly, people are too scared to come forward either because of victimization, or abuse by family members or a compromised court system.

I think we all know instances like this, where perhaps your aunt, or friend was being beaten by a elder male figure and for years kept silent to avoid ‘societal shame.’

It goes the other way too.

Perhaps you know a boy who was regularly beaten by an older female figure, burnt with hot water, whipped with a knife, forced to sleep outside in the rain, or some other heinous act.

This is where Adili, a program by Ripples International comes into play.

Through Adili, victims are guaranteed a fair and credible walk through the legal process. Most of the time, Adili dispenses free legal aid to its clients. They are walked through the legal process and given free advice and counsel right up to their day in court.

Hence the need for the Zero Violence254 walk. The funds raised through this walk will fund the legal aid given to deserving clients.

More importantly, by knowing what constitutes domestic violence, the perpetrators of this act will think twice before committing this travesty.

With adequate knowledge about domestic violence, thousands will be bold enough to take a stand against it in their homes and come forward when such occurrences do happen.

 

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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!

Ripples International Christian School Students

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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