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Ripple’s creative team of topflight photographers
and filmmakers has produced more than 50 short videos
featuring solutions for women and their children.
We are honored to work with aid organizations
that are truly changing the world.

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Program: Pardada Pardadi | India

Fly Like a Bird

When she was growing up, Shaheen Bano always wanted to pursue education, but community pressure forced her away from school. Now that she has daughters of her own, she is determined to give them the opportunities she was denied. They will join thousands of other girls in Anupshahar, India as students at Pardada Pardadi Educational Society. There, every girl receives quality education, nutritious food, and a savings account to help them jumpstart their lives after graduation.

Made possible through the generous support of Ripple donors

Program: Fundaeco | Guatemala

Free to Dream

In Guatemala, 1,500 underage girls are married every day. Mayra Maquin Pop was one of them. Because of her forced marriage, she could not graduate from school, and was constantly denied opportunities. But she stood up and got help from FUNDAECO. Now that’s she’s free, she is helping educate the next generation about their fundamental right to be free from violence and abuse.

Made possible through the generous support of the Summit Foundation

Program: Coincidir | Guatemala

Out of the Darkness

For Damaris Lopez, school was the worst part of her day. A shy girl, she was relentlessly bullied and eventually dropped out. She’s not alone – over two million in Guatemala do not attend school, mostly girls.  Fortunately, COINCIDIR works locally to empower young girls and get them invested in their education by tackling the root problems of Guatemala’s dropout rate. They focus on girls who feel excluded and provide education on self-esteem, reproductive health and financial independence.

Made possible through the generous support of the Summit Foundation

Program: GoJoven | Guatemala

Let Girls Be Girls

Guatemala’s underage pregnancy rate is so severe that a quarter of all children are born to adolescent mothers. What follows is chronic poverty, lack of education, and abuse. GoJoven, an organization advocating for adolescent reproductive health, uses grassroots organizing to advocate for changes to Guatemala’s child marriage laws and to educate young women about their rights.

Made possible through the generous support of the Summit Foundation

Program: PACT | Myanmar

We Can Do It Too

Achieving financial independence is an uphill battle for women in rural Myanmar. But women are teaming up in extraordinary ways to lift themselves out of poverty and invest back into their communities. Working with the award-winning micro banking program, WORTH, a subset of PACT Myanmar, they gather in groups to start communal savings banks, elect leaders, receive financial training, and start small businesses, all while strengthening their social connections and ability to bring about change.

Made possible through the generous support of Sony

Program: Operation ASHA | Cambodia

The Last Mile is the Longest

In Cambodia, the monsoon season can isolate entire communities on islands for months at a time, cutting them off from medical services. In a country dealing with an alarming Tuberculosis crisis, this is a recipe for disaster. Thankfully for the people of Cambodia, the dedicated health workers of Operation ASHA travel by foot, by motorcycle, and even by boat to bring cutting-edge Tuberculosis care to the most isolated communities.

Made possible through the generous support of Sony

Program: Solar Sister | Tanzania 

Light. Hope. Opportunity.

In Africa, women are using business and clean energy to transform lives. These women are Solar Sister entrepreneurs. Three quarters of Africa’s population live without access to modern energy, but by helping local women launch clean-energy businesses, more women in more places have the opportunity to bring energy to their communities.

Made possible through the generous support of The George Family Foundation

Program: UNHCR | Jordan

The Water Wheel

Syrian-American composer and pianist, Malek Jandali, created a beautiful piano solo to draw attention to the plight of Syrian refugees everywhere.  Portraits by Ripple photographer, Lynn Johnson accompany this inspirational piece that has been performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Skoll World Forum. 

Made possible through the generous support of THe Hunt Foundation

Program: Stoveteam International | Guatemala 

Estufa Mejor, Vida Mejor

The single biggest killer of women and children under age 5 is indoor smoke from heating and cooking fires. StoveTeam International works with rural communities to provide safe cookstoves and job opportunities, saving lives with each unit sold.

Made possible through the generous support of The George Family Foundation

Program: Footwork | Ethiopia

Best Foot Forward

Podoconiosis (Podo) is a devastating and disfiguring disease caused when bare feet are exposed to volcanic soil. It affects millions of people in more than 15 countries, yet is preventable and treatable with simple washing and proper footwear. If farm workers are educated, Podo can be eliminated in our lifetime. Ripple created this wordless health video, which can work for communities of any dialect or language.  It is currently being used in 3 of the 15 countries where podo exists.

Made possible through the generous support of Ripple Donors

Program: Solar Sister | Tanzania 

Sister to Sister,                 Stove by Stove

Smoke from cooking fires causes more than four million deaths per year and is the single leading cause of death for women and for children in the developing world. Over 2,000 Solar Sister entrepreneurs sell clean cookstoves and solar lights, helping in the fight to eliminate millions of deaths each year due to indoor smoke inhalation.

Made possible through the generous support of The George Family Foundation

Program: Mothers2Mothers | Kenya

HIV-Free Generation

Mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African-based at the forefront of global efforts to eliminate pediatric AIDS.  Through one-to-one counseling and health education, mother2mothers has had tremendous success in creating healthy futures for mothers, their families, and communities.

Made possible through the generous support of Ripple Donors

Program: BRAC | Uganda

I Am Fine

BRAC’s  program in northern Uganda offers education and a safe haven for women and girls in rural Uganda, especially those who are victims of early marriage and abuse.  Tapaje Primary school helps to nurture them and their children back to confidence and independence.  

Made possible through the generous support of The George Family Foundation

Program: WaterAid | Uganda

WaterAid Uganda

Lack of clean water is a devastating health issue in urban east Africa. Through a system of wells and women-run distribution centers, Water Aid is easing the burden.

Made possible through the generous support of Ripple Donors

Program: TIST | Kenya

5 Million Trees

TIST empowers a rapidly expanding group of women farmers in Africa to counteract the devastating effects of climate change, deforestation, poverty and drought through an innovative yet simple solution: planting millions of trees.   

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Church World Service | Kenya

Holding Water

Of the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack clean water, 300 million live in Africa. Collecting water becomes a tremendous burden for women and girls. Church World Service’s Water for Life program alleviates this need by installing sand dams, an inexpensive solution for drought-stricken communities.

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Friendship | Bangladesh

On the Fringe

When Runa Khan saw that climate change was eroding away land in Bangladesh, she decided the best way to help people was to outfit a ship as a floating hospital. But that was only the beginning… 

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

The Ripple Effect

Women in developing countries are the best investment the world can make. Ripple Effect Images is a team of world-class journalists working to document the programs that empower women and girls around the globe. 

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

In the Hands of Women

It’s been proven that, when poor women are provided any opportunity, they will pay it forward to benefit their children, families, and communities. Acclaimed Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson shows us how she uses photography to honor and give back to the women she documents.  

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Church World Service | Kenya

State of Grace

Mary Okeyo is a saint. On behalf of Church World Service, she visits the neglected in Kenya dispensing food, pain medicine and intimate care for women who have been largely forgotten.  

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Solar Sister | Rwanda

The Business of Light

In sub-Saharan Africa, only 5% of the rural population has access to electricity. Solar Sister is teaching women in Rwanda to become solar saleswomen, creating a brighter future for all. 

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Jal Bhagirathi | India

A Drink in the Desert

The Marwar desert of India is one of the driest places on earth. Jal Bhagirathi’s mission is to reintroduce ancient, renewable water systems that are cleaner and more bountiful through the driest seasons. 

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Pardada Pardadi | India

Ten Rupees

In much of India, girls are undervalued and are often not educated. Pardada Pardadi has come up with a unique and powerful way to encourage families to send their daughters to school. 

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Rwanda Girls Initiative | Rwanda

The Girls of Gashora

When a girl spends 7 or more years in school, she marries 4 years later and has 2.2 fewer children. An educated girl invests in her family, community and country. The Rwanda Girls Initative has created a state of the art secondary school, The Gashora Girls Academy, that girls empowers girls with leadership skills that will have a lasting impact on their world.   

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Under Water: Climate Change in Bangladesh

Women in Bangladesh are watching their homes and land literally fall into the sea, as climate change causes oceans to rise and populations to flee urban areas. In this powerful film, award-winning photographer Ami Vitale shows the very real consequences of global warming.   

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Help a Woman,                    Help the Planet

Women in Bangladesh are watching their homes and land literally fall into the sea, as climate change causes oceans to rise and populations to flee urban areas. In this powerful film, award-winning photographer Ami Vitale shows the very real consequences of global warming.   

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Heifer International | Peru

Bit by Bit

Heifer Peru taught Elizabeth Villanueva Diaz, a single mother in the highlands of Peru, how to transform her experience herding alpacas into a new opportunity – one that she has paid forward to the women in her community.   

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Chintan | India

The Pile

Chintan’s mission is to provide support for the thousands of poor Indians who survive as trash pickers. Chintan has helped them organize, receive government support and, most importantly, get children off the pile and into schools.   

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: Heifer International | Peru

In this House

Heifer Peru’s Healthy Homes program gave Sofia Arivilca the tools she needed to build the first home of her life in the highlands of Peru. Sofia has gone from being homeless to being a leader among other women in her community.   

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation

Program: CARE | Peru

480 Votes

CARE Peru taught Lourdes Pilco the veterinary skills she needs to sustain her livestock through extreme temperature changes now a part of reality in the high Andes. Lourdes can now afford to give her children the most precious gift of all: an education.  

Made possible through the generous support of The Harbers Family Foundation