Ways to Make a Difference
To donate to IPI, visit their site to select a program you wish to contribute to.
Support women who are taking charge of their own destinies by purchasing their products online.
Help women to become financially independent through savings programs.
Travel to Kenya to experience a life-changing event that will enhance your understanding for global peace.
Spread the word about IPI’s peace trainings and “homegrown” peace initiatives.
Hear their Stories
Read our coverage of Dr. Ringera’s efforts to foster peace dialogues and her vision for Kenya’s future.
Watch inspiring videos of IPI’s work that demonstrate IPI’s commitment to promoting cultures of peace.
Keep up-to-date with IPI’s programs and initiatives by visiting their blog.
International Peace Initiatives: Inspiring Action for Peace
We all know what violence looks like. International Peace Initiatives (IPI) in Kenya presents an inspiring vision of what peace could look like: a legion of healthy, economically independent, educated, and empowered individuals and communities. IPI invites you to join them in building the foundation for lasting peace in Kenya.
“Poverty is not just about lack of money, or absence of violence and disease, rather the greatest suffering in these areas results from lack of access to information, a lack of knowledge and support to successfully utilize and develop local resources to create a better life.”
In 2003 IPI founder Dr. Karambu Ringera visited a group of HIV-infected mothers in Meru, Kenya and was spurred to action on behalf of their children’s education and future. She began selling jewelry and home cooked Kenyan food to raise funds to keep orphans of HIV/AIDS in school. International Peace Initiatives, the organization Dr. Ringera launched as a graduate student at the University of Denver, quickly evolved into a thriving grassroots movement.
When violence erupted around Kenya’s elections in 2008, Dr. Ringera led peace dialogues among displaced women, inspiring the World Pulse community with her fierce determination to find solutions. Since that time, her organization—and her dreams—have only grown.
As Dr. Ringera embarks on a new adventure as a World Pulse Voices of Our Future correspondent, you can join her in her pursuit of the root causes of entrenched problems like poverty, violence, and HIV/AIDS. And you can support IPI in their work helping communities identify their needs, craft their own solutions, and inspire actions to meet those needs.
Why International Peace Initiatives (IPI)?
According to UNICEF, Kenya is home to two and a half million orphans—many of whom have lost their parents to AIDS.
Not content to merely react to the problem, Dr. Ringera has aimed her organization at the source of the devastation. “I am ready to go upstream,” she says, “and see why so many children are floating down the stream.”
IPI has already built a children’s home, supported nearly 1,000 kids to stay in school, and touched the lives of 10,000 people. IPI is now seeking your support, participation, and encouragement to build on these successes and to take this work to the next level.
The Inside Story
IPI’s strategy is based on what they call the three ‘E’s: Education, Enterprise, and Empowerment.
IPI believes in empowering the individual to participate in her own liberation from the challenges she faces. This approach has generated the Amani Children’s Homes; the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Education Fund; numerous community-led initiatives; and the Institute for Nonviolence and Peace, a leading institute for global peace education.
What You Can Do to Help
IPI invites your participation to create a more peaceful world. By purchasing a woman’s crafts or by sponsoring a child’s education, you can directly support the marginalized communities IPI serves. Visit the links in the sidebar to learn more about these opportunities and other ways you can help Dr. Ringera and her team lift the spirit and living standards of women and girls throughout Kenya.
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