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The Importance of Reading Skills

2015 Clarins Most Dynamic Woman Award

Listen to the podcastClarins has named the three finalists in the 2015 Clarins Most Dynamic Woman Award, namely, Riana Robinson, Founder of Ripple Reading, Leigh Bristow, Founder of Sumbandila Scholarship Trust; as well as Andy Clark, Director of Botshabelo. The award recognises inspiring women who are improving the lives of
disadvantaged and underprivileged children in South Africa. These finalists are all working towards helping children achieve the education they need to break free of the cycle of poverty.

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Classic FM Interview

Listen to our podcastOn the 15th of October 2015 Tamara LePine Williams and Classic FM invited Riana Robinson, Kirsti Bauer and Joan de Beer to discuss Ripple Reading and the work they do each and every day.

Gibs Festival of Ideas

Festival of IdeasRipple Reading is pleased to announce it has been shortlisted for the Gibs Festival of Ideas Competition! Using creativity to be at the forefront of Education, Thanks to Joan de Beer our Educational Psychologist.

Read more about sources great projects and helps fund them through crowdfunding. Additionally, the first, and anniversary premiums of every life insurance policy purchased from Different Life will be donated to a project of your choice. 100% of every donation received goes to the project.




Ripple Reading is a registered Non-profit Organisation which focuses on literacy and leadership development of children within disadvantaged communities. Research indicates that a lack of role models and reading skills is related to the development of aggressive antisocial behaviour later in life.

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Firstly, our mission is to assist disadvantaged schools by providing Literacy Training to all the identified children who are reading below their age appropriate level. Secondly, to develop the potential of identified leaders (academic, sport and leadership abilities) in the school from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Our vision is to assist our learners in attaining a level of academic performance which will make it possible for them to take control of their futures: academically, emotionally and socially. We aim to develop students who show Academic, Sport and Leadership potential.

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I just loved the idea of making a difference and the empowerment and sense of purpose given by ‘retired’ teachers – I really don’t know what your aspirations are for the organisation but wouldn’t it be lovely to ‘use’ retired MORE »

Val Witt

Principal - Crossroads School | May 4, 2015

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Dear Riana On behalf of myself and my spouse I would like to express our sincere gratitude for Brent’s new school shoes and socks! I am so moved with what you have done for Brent! Thank you very very much!! MORE »

Parent - | February 9, 2015

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I’d like to thank Ripple Reading for making it possible for our group to experience God’s work of art, in the Drakensberg. It was really awesome. Baie dankie, dit was noodsaaklik. Dis mooi daar!! We are blessed to have you MORE »

Lesiba Molopo

- | December 5, 2014