Thank you for Supporting our Education Appeal
Did you know that Ripple Africa run and support eight pre-schools and provide nutritious meals of sweet potato and tea to over 900 children in Malawi every day?
Why? Because those first formative years are essential to a child’s education and development.
We need to raise vital funds to not only provide an education and school meals but to carry out classroom improvements and build new toilet blocks to provide safe sanitisation.
We are looking for schools and individuals up and down the country to help us raise enough money by holding fundraisers during the current academic school year to support our Education Appeal!
Your fundraising efforts are so important to us. Without fundraisers like you, we wouldn’t be able to do the important work we do in Malawi.
How fundraising works
1. Get inspired! We have lots of ideas for schools and individuals which can be found in our fundraising pack. Let us know that you are fundraising for us by signing up here.
2. Click here to download our fundraising pack and get everything you need to launch your fundraising campaign! Whether you choose one of our ideas or one of your own, we look forward to seeing what you do.
3. Start your Fundraising! In your fundraising pack you will find sponsorship forms and donation forms. We also recommend using Givey if you are wanting to raise money online. But most importantly… Have fun!
4. Build a pre-school! If you are raising money on your Givey page, it will automatically come to us or you can donate online, through the post or over the phone. We will keep you updated on the progress of the build.
Don’t have time to host a fundraiser? Donate today to support our Education Appeal. Thank you.
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Why are these pre-schools so important?
Most people recognise the critical link between the important foundation which early childhood education provides, and the level of success in education students will experience later on. Those first formative years are essential to a child’s education and development as a whole.
The Malawian government recognises this link and encourages communities to set up local pre-schools. However, with no financial support, the reality is that pre-schools are almost always run on a voluntary basis without any resources, and most teachers work for free, often in buildings which are unsuitable and even unsafe for children.
Ripple Africa is making a difference to early childhood education by ensuring that the eight pre-schools we run are equipped with enthusiastic teachers, varied learning resources and are a safe and fun place to learn.
Our pre-schools are the perfect foundation for children going to primary school. Headteachers and teachers at the primary schools we support have commented that the children who have attended our pre-schools are far better prepared and developed for Standard One.
We are grateful to a corporate partner who funds the teachers salaries but we still need to raise funds for a meal each day, resources and maintenance.
With your help we can continue making a difference to early childhood education by ensuring that all the pre-schools are equipped with enthusiastic and trained teachers, varied learning resources and are a safe and fun place to learn.
Can you tell me more about the sweet potato feeding programme?
Many children in Malawi are orphans or live in extreme poverty and often struggle to find enough food to eat, let alone find the time to focus on their education.
Our sweet potato project means that they get a hot meal whenever they attend pre-school. This helps improve concentration, creates an incentive to attend pre-school, and reaches out to the most vulnerable children in the community by providing a benefit not only to their educational needs but also to their health. Each teacher is paid a small bonus for growing the sweet potatoes, which also helps to improve their own income.
Why fundraising is important
Fundraising allows your school to support a charity like Ripple Africa and teaches pupils about the vital work charitable organisations do. But it is also a chance to engage the entire school community and, of course, to have fun!
The activities can bring opportunities for children to learn new skills too, such as planning a budget and fundraising target, working with others to organise and run a stall and even creating marketing materials to promote their product or event.