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6 years. 24 aid organizations. Over $10 Million raised.

The world-class photographic team at Ripple Effect Images has helped dozens of aid organizations tell their stories. inspiring support from foundations, grants and individual donors. Ripple Effect Images’ photos and videos have captured the attention of hearts and minds all over the world. More attention garners more investment. More investment scales life-changing programs for women and girls globally. That’s the Ripple Effect.
In 2016, our aid partners report raising $14 for every $1 invested in the cost of compelling storytelling.
Case Studies:

Barefoot College

Jal Bhagirathi

Benin

SELF’s mission is to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.5 billion people living in energy poverty through economic, educational, health care and agricultural development. Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in more than 20 countries and pioneered unique applications of solar power such as for drip irrigation in Benin, health care in Haiti, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, online learning in South Africa and microenterprise development in Nigeria.

IMPACT: Ripple’s coverage of SELF’s Solar Market Garden project in Benin helped earn a “2015 Momentum for Change Lighthouse” award from United Nations Climate Change Secretariat.  SELF then presented its innovative Solar Market Garden project at the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Paris.

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Kenya

More than 400 babies – about 75% from sub-Saharan Africa – become infected with HIV daily. Most acquire the virus during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.  Mothers2Mothers trains, employs and empowers local mothers living with HIV as frontline healthcare workers to provide education and critical support. Evaluations of M2M’s efforts show the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among women who participate.

IMPACT: Mothers2Mothers commissioned Ripple Effect to create an animated video to illustrate the impact of their programs, which have changed the lives of more than 1.5 million women. The film served as a centerpiece for two 15-year anniversary events, which generated more than $2 million in donations.

India

India is home to more than 300 million people who live on less than a dollar a day, including 900,000 children who recycle waste from landfills that sprawl across urban spaces. Chintan’s mission is to increase environmental justice through advocacy and systemic change. Their educational program for waste recyclers is rooted in the belief that a society depending on children for recycling is an unjust and unsustainable.

IMPACT: Ripple’s coverage of Chintan programs was utilized in a year-end giving campaign that reached 32,000 supporters globally. It contributed to Chintan’s receipt of three major accolades: the Google Impact Award, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Innovation Award, and the Secretary of State’s Innovation Award for Empowering Women. Using Ripple’s assets, Chintan was able to educate 50,000 additional government approved adult waste recyclers and move children off the waste piles and into school.

Global

More than 400 babies – about 75% from sub-Saharan Africa – become infected with HIV daily. Most acquire the virus during pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.  Mothers2Mothers trains, employs and empowers local mothers living with HIV as frontline healthcare workers to provide education and critical support. Evaluations of M2M’s efforts show the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV among women who participate.

IMPACT: Mothers2Mothers commissioned Ripple Effect to create an animated video to illustrate the impact of their programs, which have changed the lives of more than 1.5 million women. The film served as a centerpiece for two 15-year anniversary events, which generated more than $2 million in donations.

Peru

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty, while adapting to climate change and caring for the environment. Heifer encourages hope and prosperity by bringing sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. In addition to providing livestock and agricultural education, Heifer is bringing healthy home and sanitation solutions to thousands of families by teaching women how to build efficient cookstoves and clean outhouses.

IMPACT: Ripple’s coverage of Heifer programs in Peru positioned the organization to meet and exceed fundraising and development targets. The visual assets were utilized in Heifer’s social media outlets, reaching more than 300,000 people. Ripple’s images, coupled with Heifer’s outreach strategy, attracted new partners and donors, allowing them to increase funds allocated for programs in Peru.

Rwanda

The Rwanda Girls’ Initiative’s (RGI) Gashora Girls Academy provides free secondary education for girls who score highest on national exams, transforming young women into entrepreneurs and community leaders in Rwanda. 90% of girls at the Academy have gone on to colleges and universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth and many others.

IMPACT: Ripple’s work with the Harbers Family Foundation support of RGI resulted in a film that documented their impact on hundreds of girls, accelerating gender equity and development in Rwanda. These assets aided in raising $700,000 in donations at a single fundraising event.

Rwanda and Tanzania

Of the 1.6 billion people on the planet do not have access to reliable electricity, 70% are women and girls who spend hours each day collecting wood to burn for cooking and heat. They spend up to 30% of their family income on energy that is insufficient, hazardous and unhealthy for both people and the planet. Lack of access to clean energy contributes to unremitting poverty and devastating illness. Solar Sister invests in women entrepreneurs who create sustainable businesses selling solar lanterns and clean cookstoves. By combining the breakthrough potential of solar technology with a woman-centered direct sales network, Solar Sister brings light, health, and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.

IMPACT: Ripple’s initial film helped Solar Sister win global recognition from the United Nations and the African Congress of First Ladies. They have now expanded their programs to two more countries.

Ethiopia

Podoconiosis (or simply ‘podo’) causes elephantiasis of the foot and lower leg triggered by prolonged exposure to minerals in red clay volcanic soil. Individuals afflicted suffer debilitating physical effects. Women with podo are often ostracized from their communities because of superstitions about its cause, leading to an alarming rate of suicide. These numbers are especially tragic because podo is not only preventable, but curable. An estimated 4 million people in highland Africa are affected with podo, and evidence suggests widespread cases in 15 countries globally.

IMPACT: Ripple created an animated video for Footwork to be shared on cellphones with remote communities to educate them about the cause, treatment and prevention. Footwork also credits the film for helping them raise nearly a million dollars in 2016.

Uganda

Ripple documented a program for at risk girls in northern Uganda that was running out of funding. The program offered safe haven and education to hundreds of girls who needed to escape or avoid early marriage and abuse.

IMPACT: The resulting film and images were an instrumental component of a proposal that led to a $4.7 million, three-year contract with LEGO Foundation, which promotes the importance of learning through play in early childhood education. The project will reach 7,000 children in Bangladesh, Uganda and Tanzania.

Barefoot College

India

Barefoot College runs training programs in India that teach illiterate women from impoverished villages skills they can use to become financially independent. Women are trained to construct solar lanterns, provide basic dental and health education in their communities, and assess the cleanliness of water sources, and run solar desalinization plants in their communities. Barefoot College has harnessed solar energy not only to provide light, but also to create employment for the unemployable, to boost income for the poor, and to help women become community leaders.

IMPACT: Awaiting Impact report in 2017.

Guatemala

Stoveteam International supports local factories and entrepreneurs who build and distribute clean cookstoves to poor communities in Guatemala and Mexico. Ripple documented their work and created films in both English and Spanish.

IMPACT: The film in Spanish has been shown in Latin America. It was provided to Stoveteam-sponsored factories to promote stoves to NGOs and the government. In the U.S. the film was used at fundraisers that raised more than a million dollars the first year. The funds allowed Stoveteam to build a new factory in Nicaragua and distribute nearly 8000 new stoves.

India

Barefoot College runs training programs in India that teach illiterate women from impoverished villages skills they can use to become financially independent. Women are trained to construct solar lanterns, provide basic dental and health education in their communities, and assess the cleanliness of water sources, and run solar desalinization plants in their communities. Barefoot College has harnessed solar energy not only to provide light, but also to create employment for the unemployable, to boost income for the poor, and to help women become community leaders.

IMPACT: Awaiting Impact report in 2017.

Nicaragua

Esperanca improves the health of families through a community network of hundreds of volunteer educators. Volunteers from surrounding villages then provide health education and training to their own communities. Water sources in the region have become increasingly polluted with silt, sewage and bacteria. Esperanca’s programs provide access to clean water sources in wells and water systems. They educate small farmers about best practices and provide families with seeds and small livestock to help improve nutrition and generate a higher income.

IMPACT: Esperanca has featured Ripple’s photos illustrating the accomplishments of their rural sanitation project at fundraisers and on their website and have reported a clear uptick in donations.

Kenya, Cambodia, Vietnam

The Church World Service mission is to improve the quality of life of rural poor communities by working with civil society, local government bodies and communities in the process of development, emergency response and rehabilitation.

IMPACT: “Ripple Effect Image pictures and films have been an essential tool for us to increase support for the work of CWS and to educate our constituency about the beauty, courage and competence of those we seek to serve.”
-Tom Hampson, CWS

care

Peru

CARE believes that women aren’t just the faces of the poverty, they’re the key to overcoming it. CARE’s empowerment programs make women and girls the catalyst for positive change in their families, friends and communities. When families struggle to grow enough food to eat, or earn enough money to send their children to school, girls who are often the last to eat and first to be kept home. Women are frequently denied the right to own the land they have farmed their entire lives. CARE’s focus on women and girls include Maternal Health, Education, and Microfinance.

IMPACT: “Ripple’s film, 480 Votes ,had a significant impact on raising awareness for CARE Peru in 2013. This film helped solidify a partnership with one of the top advertising agencies in Peru. The story shines a light on the change women can generate when you invest in them.”
– Elsie Ralston, CARE Peru

porvenir

Nicaragua

In Nicaragua, 80% of the population live in poverty, surviving on less than $2 a day. Women and girls shoulder the burden of finding water, often spending 6 hours a day carrying 40 pound buckets of water. El Porvenir ‘s mission is to improve standard of living through sustainable water, sanitation, and reforestation. Its approach is unique because female leaders in the community take responsibility for the long-term maintenance of all projects.

IMPACT: Ripple images used in El Porvenir’s fundraising campaigns helped double donations dollars from the same campaign the previous year. In summary, EP was able to raise a combined $208,000 using the assets provided by Ripple Effect Images, which accounts for over 15% of their budget.

Bangladesh

Operating on the premise that development is not possible if a population is in crisis, Friendship Bangladesh takes a holistic approach to aid work through sustainable social, health and educational initiatives for the poorest of the poor. Of the 4 million people who inhabit this region, 65% have no access to healthcare and live below the poverty line. Friendship’s flagship floating hospital serves the coastal belt of Bangladesh, an area where climate change causes devastating flooding, erosion, and water-borne diseases.

Impact: Ripple materials added immense value to Friendship’s communications through printed marketing collateral, e-campaigns and website development. In 2016, Friendship distributed 241,250 man days of emergency food relief, supplied 4,000 households with access to safe drinking water, and gave 83 communities disaster preparedness support.

Jal Bhagirathi

India

Jal Bhagirathi Foundation enables the desert communities of the Marwar region to access adequate drinking water by leveraging traditional knowledge and appropriate technology. Calling on village institutions that embody collective wisdom and building community mobilization in an atmosphere of transparency, public participation. and accountability, Jal Bhagirathi is driven by a vision of water security and sustainable development, led by the women of the villages.

IMPACT: Since Ripple’s coverage, Jal Bhagirathi has won numerous awards, including a Times of India Social Impact Award, a Spirit of Humanity Award, and Water for Life UN Best Practices Award. Ripple’s coverage has contributed to Jal Bhagirathi’s momentum in covering over 450 villages, reviving over 1,500 water harvesting structures, and supplying 600,000 people with water security and sanitation.

Jordan

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

IMPACT: Ripple photographers documented work in Jordan at the Azrak Syrian refugee camp. The work has been shared broadly, including in presentations at the Skoll World Forum and Carnegie Hall.

Worldwide

Across the world, women are forced to waste precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets, and young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases.. This crisis is ruining lives and holding back development. WaterAid transforms the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

IMPACT: Ripple’s visual assets were utilized across multiple Wateraid communications. Ripple photos used in WaterAid UK’s “To Be a Girl” campaign were promoted to 100,000 supporters, raising over £1 million.

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