In developed countries we take the Internet and digital technology for granted, but for children living in small villages in Africa, having access to the Internet opens up a wealth of knowledge that otherwise would be closed off to them.
Ripples BOX is our exciting new programme that can provide the youth of Africa with a place where they can be educated, inspired and encouraged to develop new technological skills that will give them greater prospects for the future.
The Ripples BOX plays a key role in triggering development in small communities by teaching young people useful sets of skills in a fun and engaging way. Young Africans today will one day become the adults who are shaping the future of Africa, so by educating and empowering them now we can set in motion a ripple effect of learning and development across communities that will forge a brighter future for the continent.
But Ripples BOX doesn’t have to be restricted as just a tool for the youth.
Women that work in businesses on our Women’s Enterprise Programme can use the Ripples BOX as a headquarters for their businesses. The Internet connectivity would be an extremely useful tool for them as it would enable them to expand their business knowledge through online courses, or give them a way to record their finances in a digital format. The Ripples BOX could be used as a base for doctors and nurses working on our Medical MOT’s or in Cottage Hospitals, who could use the technology available to electronically store patient records and communicate with other doctors around the world.
Villagers who have had relatives that have moved away from their village could also capitalise on the Ripples BOX as a cyber cafe, using Internet applications such as Skype to get in contact with their loved ones who live hundreds of miles away. The Ripples BOX will act as a central hub of communication for a small business and will form part of a wider network of communities who can use the Internet to connect and communicate with each other and the rest of the world.
The possibilities are endless!
The Ripples BOX is a multimedia classroom that can be assembled in any location and comes fully equipped with computers, Internet access and room for up to 30 students. The Internet access allows connectivity to our Ripples Training Programmes, including Accredited Courses with certificates issued from our partners.
Ripples BOX is perfect for use in rural areas as it can be built anywhere and has its own electricity supply through the use of solar panels, so even villages without a constant supply of electricity can benefit from the technology available.
To find out how to sponsor a Ripples Box in your village or ask for more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Villagers are granted access to a wide variety of resources thanks to the Ripples Box’s connectivity to the Internet, which they can use to communicate with the rest of the world and break down geographical boundaries.
By educating the youth of Africa, the next generation who will grow up to shape the future, we are spreading the seed of development throughout communities and forging a brighter future for the continent.
The Ripples Box does not rely on generators to run, and does not contribute towards pollution. The box is fitted with solar panels, making it environmentally friendly, sustainable and available for use in villages without a power supply.
To support the Ripples Box programme you can quickly and easily make an online donation using Total Giving, any donation amount is welcomed as every penny counts towards making a difference to people’s lives - please give what you can!
At Ripples we welcome all forms of donations that can help our projects run smoothly, such as solar panels, computer equipment or even sourcing teachers to teach in the classroom. If you have the resources we need on the Ripples Box programme, please contact us at our UK office, we would love to hear from you!
By sponsoring a Ripples Box you will be giving African village children the gift of knowledge, and giving them a chance for a better adult life. To find out how to sponsor a Ripples Box, please visit the contact page and email us with your query.
If you would like to help African children get an education and have fun as well, we would love it if you could organise your own fundraising campaigns. You could start small and hold a jumble sale, a neighbourhood barbecue or aim high and run a marathon! Every little helps and all proceeds go towards lifting villagers out of a life of poverty. To start your fundraising campaign, please visit our Total Giving (UK) or Causes (US) page to register.
Alternatively you can choose to pledge to a certain project we are running, for instance: donating towards a new computer for a Ripples Box. Please visit our Causes page to see a list of the different projects we are fundraising for.
Make sure to like and share our social media pages and spread our message online, as the continued support of our donors keeps awareness of the issues we are addressing in the public eye. Sometimes if just one more person sees the work we do it can make all the difference to many people's lives.