What inspired me to help vulnerable women & children to help themselves – Dr Karambu Ringera

What inspired me to help vulnerable women & children to help themselves – Dr Karambu Ringera

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We are honoured to work with Dr. Karambu Ringera, founder of Ecologia’s partner organisation in Meru, Kenya – International Peace Initiatives (IPI). In an inspiring interview at the New Story Summit hosted at the Findhorn Foundation, Dr. Ringera talks about her reasons for founding IPI, how it has developed, and how it benefits the children, women and the community as a whole.

IPI works to mitigate the effects of HIV/AIDS, violence and poverty and to work with those affected to understand their situation and to empower them to make positive changes to their lives.

One key initiative is IPI’s Kithoka Amani Community Home (KACH), which cares for 30 local vulnerable children who have lost parents or whose parents are unable to take care of them, whilst ensuring they remain part of their community, attend the local school and keep in touch with family and friends. IPI also train women in a range of income generating skills.

Watch the interview with Dr Ringera and find out how IPI is transforming the lives of vulnerable women and children in Meru, Kenya.

Please help us to continue to support International Peace Initiatives and donate here.

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Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

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Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

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Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.