ripple of hope

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
- Robert F. Kennedy

 

The Ripple of Hope Initiative is a universal art, oral history narrative and educational advocacy program. It facilitates unique initiatives to raise awareness of certain issues faced by the marginalized and oppressed. The collective goal of each component is to generate support, develop self-sustainability, and advocate for human rights concerns in Nepal, India, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The Ripple of Hope Initiative is a multi-sensory, educational, and therapeutic initiative. The project implements and integrates emotional intelligence, human rights education and art to support human potential through the concepts of courage, compassion, and perseverance.

About the Founder

The founder of rippleofhope.org is a global curriculum writer for Speak Truth to Power Robert F. Kennedy/Human Rights in Washington, D. C., and a social justice advocate and oral historian contributing work towards combating marginalization and oppression for individuals lacking in social justice. As an international educational consultant, she works with the Collaborative Task Force for the United Nations Season of Non-Violence for The Temple of Understanding, Good Weave USA and Good Weave Nepal, Millennium Promise, PIH Partners in Health in Haiti, and Foro Penal. She is a grant writer for the U.S. Department of State Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section Grants Program for LIU/Post College, and a member of the Editorial Review Boards for the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP) and Special Education Research, Policy & Practice (SERPP).

In the classroom, the Speak Truth to Power human rights curriculum is integrated within lessons conceptually through the themes of courage, compassion, and perseverance. Goals include developing a collective, universal method of teaching that involves the integration of human rights education, emotional intelligence, historical and biographical perspectives, and a deeper sense of social awareness for students.  Students participate in the advocacy initiatives connected to the lessons that simultaneously are linked to existing district texts conceptually, yet also instill a sense of civic responsibility and awareness that they can be a "ripple of hope" for others, and take responsibility to speak up and speak out as their role as a citizen of the world.