Our Projects

Here are some of the projects where RipplAffect is currently making a difference
(or has made a difference in the past):

Peru Distribution, December 2021

RipplAffect Peru 2021 distribution - boy

Clean Water for Peru Benefit Concert – Spring Valley Academy in Collaboration with RipplAffect organized a benefit concert on Sunday, Nov. 24th 2019 in order to raise funds for water filtration systems to be delivered to Peru in March 2020, Unfortunately SVA Mission trip was cancelled due to pandemic. Filters were delivered to Peru in 2021 and we are happy that 200 filters were distributed in December 2021.

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Kenya Benefit Concert, November 2021

The Benefit Concert featured Spring Valley Academy students, guest performers, The Jeremy Winston Chorale International and a special keynote speaker Claudine Zukowski – Director of Procter&Gamble Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program.

The Goal was to raise funds for 375 Water Filtration Systems for SVA Mission Trip to Kenya. Along with 125 filters already on hand, the total of 500 water filtration systems is currently being distributed in Kenya (March 2022). Click here if you would like to watch the RipplAffect Benefit Concert recorded on Nov 7 in the Spring Valley Academy.

 

Philippines, October 2021

We are happy to announce a new collaborative partner in Asia, Project Propel, for our latest large-scale effort, which will provide clean drinking water to rural poor and indigenous communities in the Philippines. Project Propel, together with builders from each community is constructing EcoToilets, an all-in-one WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) station that includes a sustainable Clivus Multrum composting toilet, a rain-water collection system, hand-washing station, safe drinking water filter, and solar lighting. This system provides a safe, effective and environmentally sustainable way to decrease the prevalence of food and water-borne diseases (FWBDs).

The distribution of 2000 Sawyer water filtration systems and 2 EcoToilet WASH stations to indigenous communities in the Philippines started in March 2022. This will provide safe drinking water for up to 15,000 people for over 10 years along with education regarding sanitary hygienic practices.

 

Haiti, September 2021

In August 2021 tropical Storm Grace moved across the southern coast of Hispaniola, the island comprising Haiti and the Dominican Republic, just days after the earthquake. 400 filters were deployed after hurricane Grace, which will be distributed soon following the rebuilding of basic infrastructure to enable transport and logistics action.

 

Guatemala, April 2021

Guatemala was badly hit by both Eta and Iota hurricanes in November 2020, leaving behind thousands of victims homeless and with nothing to eat or drink. RipplAffect in partnership with LaGrange Brookfield and several other Chicago SDA Churches provided, shipped and distributed 1,000 filters to Guatemala, benefiting thousands of people impacted by hurricanes Eta and Iota. To watch the TV clip featuring this distribution click here and here.

 

Samburu region in Kenya, February 2021

RipplAffect has received an exponential increase in funding for a transformative initiative in the Samburu region of Kenya. Sawyer Foundation has decided to match RipplAffect’s successful fundraising campaign of $50,000 with a grant in the same amount, making the total in excess of $100,000! These funds went toward the spring distribution of 2000+ filters in the Samburu region of Kenya, which are providing safe drinking water for 12,250 people, of that 7,327 kids. This will eventually amount to over 2 billion gallons of safe clean water over ten years. For a moving report of this initiative click here, to see a video clip from a national TV coverage click here and to see greetings from girls click here.

 

Louisiana, USA, September 2020

The hurricane Laura left behind terrible devastation in the state of Louisiana where countless families had been left without safe clean drinking water. RipplAffect raised funds for Water Filtration Systems for many affected households in Louisiana, this time in collaboration with Kettering SDA church and Louisiana Conference of SDA’s Community Services, who also delivered and distributed the filters in the area of Lake Charles. Here are a few photos from this project:

 

Water for Peru, November 2019

RipplAffect is still raising funds for Water Filtration Systems in Peru, this time again in collaboration with Spring Valley Academy.

Clean Water for Peru Benefit Concert – Spring Valley Academy in Collaboration with RipplAffect organized a benefit concert on Sunday, Nov. 24th 2019 in the SVA Chapel. The concert featured the talent of Spring Valley Academy students and guest performers songwriter Laura Whidden-Wetterlin and amazing Jeremy Winston Choral. Money for 300+ Water Filtration systems at $25 per piece was raised at the fundraising event, but SVA High school students were not able to hand-deliver these filters to people of Peru because of the pandemic. The new delivery date is still to be determined, but is planned for Spring 2021.

 

Hurricane-affected Bahamas, September 2019

Hurricane Dorian Aftermath in BahamasThank you for helping us raise money for water filters after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas. Donations for this project are now closed.

RipplAffect raised funds for 100 Water Filtration Systems for the Bahamas in collaboration with Kettering SDA Church and Florida Conference of SDA Church, which also delivered and distributed filters on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

 

Kenya Hannah RipplAffect

Kenya, July 2019

Thanks for joining us in transforming the lives of thousands of people and children in Kenya! With your generous donations RipplAffect raised money for 410 Water Filtration Systems on another Kenya Mission Trip, this time in collaboration with ElmHurst SDA Church that John Piroski is pastoring.

Please read the Kenya Mission Trip report by Hannah Piroski, one of the RipplAffect volunteers on this Mission Trip.

Thank you for your support!

 

Yemen, March 2019

Saving Children In Yemen from Cholera with Clean Water

In January 2019 we reached our ultimate goal of $13,000, which made it possible for us to procure and deploy 700 cutting-edge Sawyer Water Filtration Systems in Yemen (plus, the cost of shipping and logistics involved in getting the product thousands of miles away to Yemen!). The deployment and distribution of the filtration systems will amount to tens of millions of litters of clean drinking water over the life of the filtration systems, which will in turn literally save scores of children’s lives from cholera, and improve the health and well-being of their families and communities. Up to 4000 people will benefit from this initative. We are proud that RipplAffect was the first organization to deploy this type of water filtration systems into Yemen; a country which has been ravaged by war and armed violence for many months and which is considered the most devastating complex humanitarian crisis in the world, surpassing even that in Syria.

What a joy to see our dream of saving children come to life!

Sawa Project in Yemen – RipplAffect in collaboration with LDC Charities and our implementing partner, ADRA, providing Water Filtration Systems along with Hygiene kits to people of Yemen

To read more about Yemen cholera crisis CLICK HERE.

 

Uganda, December 2018

250 water filtration Systems were distributed in the biggest refugee camp in the world, Bidi Bidi with 750,000 refugees, providing clean water to over 2,250 children and families where 86% of refugees are women and children.

 

Kenya, March 2018

In collaboration with the Spring Valley Academy we distributed 500 water filters to the Maasai people in Kenya, where the elevation is so high that they cannot drill wells providing clean water to approximately 4,350 children and families. Here is the report about this project from the SVA Connections:

SVA Connections Kenya Mission Trip 2018

It is said that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  To read more about Kenya Water Filter Distribution Project and see some of the photos, please  CLICK HERE.

 

Puerto Rico, Late 2017

We distributed 100 water filters for about 500 people after hurricane Maria in 2017. Here are some of the photos from this project:

 

Haiti, Early 2017

We distributed 333 water filters in the worst cholera-affected area after hurricane Matthew providing sustainable clean water to over 2,800 people in our first ever project (in collaboration with ADRA International). See the story behind this project HERE and see the photos from water filter distribution by ADRA in Haiti HERE.