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Last week we focused on the basic idea of options, whether choosing where to swim (ice free preferably), or the more serious challenge of medical and educational options in Malawi. Options empower everyone to make better decisions.

For my weekly swims, my options are derived from where I’m able to run and hop in to swim. In Malawi, a big component of development and options revolves around bricks. Yep, the very type that Kevin McAlister of Home Alone, throws through that window to bust the bad guys.

 The building blocks of life: A foundation piece of life. Analogies aside, bricks play a crucial role in all projects RIPPLE Africa related.

RIPPLE Africa uses bricks for construction of schools, teachers living quarters, medical clinics and homes. RIPPLE Africa's bricks in Malawi are made of locally sourced materials: water, mud, sand and manure...Manure?

You bet your ass (there’s a pun in there)! Locally-sourced materials enable construction everywhere, devoid of transportation cost and expensive exotic material.

RIPPLE’s famous Changu Changu Moto fuel efficient stoves are a testament to this basic philosophy. Thousands of homes in Northern Malawi benefit from these bricks and the method of how they’re formed. The only cost associated with them is the purchase of brick molds themselves.

Understanding that a simple donation of $10 can empower an entire village to make bricks through using a mold form is a true efficiency in any capacity. It’s repeatable, cost effective, and locally-sourced. Here’s a bare-bones example of how a charity can recognize value in projects that are scalable:

 “Provide a hand up…not a hand out”.

Think about it this Holiday Season. Think about what a $10 donation can do for an entire village. Think about the element of empowering people vs. a handout.  A donation to RIPPLE Africa helps create a foundation piece to better living conditions. Be the educational catalyst for these people, one brick at a time. The building of blocks of life, bricks...



...kind of like how my feet felt coming out of 34 degree water. Bricks baby!

See it firsthand at RIPPLEAfrica.org


 


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