Here at The Gracias Foundation, we talk a lot about the ripple effect – how the actions of one person helping another can create a ripple of change for an entire community… and more.
Meet Olga: friend and colleague of the Gracias founders. Olga was inspired to spend her sabbatical volunteering with orphaned HIV+ youth at our project in Ethiopia. Before her departure, she reached out to her PayPal colleagues for support. Donations came flooding in – as well this email by a generous colleague called Giulio:
“Hey! I just chipped in. I might as well come and help out …”
Maisha doesn’t have a car. There aren’t any public buses in semi-rural Ruai. So, the staff hire expensive taxis for weekly grocery shopping, medical checkups, supplies trips to Nairobi, airport transfers for volunteers, and much more. Hiring taxis not only wastes time – they’re often hours late – but the high cost prevents better use of that money for critical needs like the new house. Like supplemental education. Like psychosocial development activities.
But, Giulio is helping to change that. His campaign for a van has raised nearly 70% of the budget needed – and we hope to find donors to fund the gap so we can provide sustainable transportation to Maisha later this year.
And, the ripple doesn’t stop there. Giulio already helped tutor several kids to higher grades in school, supplied books for the Maisha library, oversaw the installation of a safer cooking system for staff, and now seeks to find additional study opportunities for kids during their frequent, lengthy school breaks.
As the wise Margaret Mead once said:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;