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I Am Fine

When two sisters are beaten for refusing to marry–at ages 8 and 10–they run away from home to the only sanctuary they know, a small school in northeastern Uganda established by BRAC, the Bangladesh-based development organization that fights poverty, illiteracy and injustice in the poorest parts of the world. “I Am Fine” documents their plight and those of other young girls in the Karamoja region of Uganda, the desperately poor province where girls are valued only for their bride-price in cattle. That attitude is slowly changing, however, thanks to BRAC’s Karamoja initiative, which has established 120 youth development centers in the region. There girls are provided with basic education, and life-skills. More importantly, they learn that they are worth far more than cattle. Such self-confidence is priceless. ©Ami Vitale, Lynn Johnson, Katy-Robin Garton | Ripple Effect Images Ripple Effect Images is proud to spotlight this important initiative during the United Nations’ 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls around the world. “I Am Fine” increases public awareness of the plight of …

So many girls have not had the opportunity to enter the Padada Pardadi system. Only a ten minute walk outside the walls of Sam Singh's family estate is another family Signh with daughters divided. Two go to PP and one, Kavita, 17, the eldest, who stays home. Precti, is in 8th grade at PP (standing in class) and Geeta (photographed with her elder sister) in 4th grade at a PP satellite school for younger girls. Kavita spent the morning making tea and dung patties for fuel, cutting vegetables with her Aunt Chandravati (sitting on the bed with her pipe). Even though her sisters help her with evening chores she expressed sadness at not having the opportunity to go to school.

Celebrate: Day of the Girl 2015

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th to be the International Day of the Girl  “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” At Ripple Effect Images we believe that the single most important gift that can be given to girls around the world is an education.  Educated girls in the developing world marry an average of 4 years later, have fewer children and far better self-esteem.  They are less likely to be victims of abuse and more likely to be leaders in their communities.  Imagine what this could mean for our shared future. Ripple Effect Images’ mission is to document the potential of, and the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world. In just five years Ripple has created 25 films, a photo archive of 15,000 images, and we have helped our aid beneficiaries raise more than a million dollars using powerful story-telling tools. To celebrate the 2015 International Day of the Girl, we are …

Officially, these children are two of many asylum seekers. Unofficially, they are kite makers and kite flyers. Kites in this refugee camp are more than soaring bits of refuse made of insulation, plastic bags, and string snagged from the rubbish bin—they’re creations to be proud of. It's simple really, as one child said, "When the kite is flying, I am flying." 
Photo by Lynn Johnson.

National Geographic Photographers Provide Syrian Refugees With Family Portraits

A Syrian woman presses a framed photo against her chest. The photo features one of the only things she has left: her family. For a moment, she is reminded that home is far more than just a place. Photographers from Ripple Effect Images arrived in Jordan last month with a unique mission: to offer a photograph to every Syrian refugee family in a camp of 18,000 people. Since the start of the Syrian civil war in March 2011, an estimated 9 million Syrians have been displaced, often fleeing without so much as a family portrait. The Ripple Effect Images team, including National Geographic photographers Lynn Johnson and Annie Griffiths and award winning filmmaker Nacho Corbella, spent two weeks providing family photos and gathering personal stories that will be used to raise funding for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In the refugee camp, Ripple photographers met farmers and doctors, teachers and shopkeepers, university students and engineers whose lives were torn apart by war. The gift of a simple family photo lit up their eyes, …

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Help a Woman, Help the Planet

Women and girls in developing countries bear the greatest burden as climate change impacts our world: water/food security, clean cooking technology, and sustainable agriculture. When it comes to climate change, women and girls just carry a bigger load. A woman will pay forward any opportunity she has – to her kids, her family, her girlfriends, and her community. Ripple Effect Images covers innovative programs that empower women and girls around the world. I am thrilled to announce that Girls’ Globe is now partnering with Ripple Effect Images to eliminate hopelessness and inspire you to make a difference. One image does not change the world, but it can start a Ripple Effect. Help Girls’ Globe and Ripple Effect Images spread the message that women and girls are the world’s best investment.