We like getting to know the people behind the non-profit organisations that we partner with. Today, Riana Robinson (pictured), founder of Ripple Reading, tells us more about managing a non-profit organisation.


In 10 words or fewer, what is the idea behind Ripple Reading?

Ripple Reading focuses on literacy and leadership development.


What is the best advice you’ve ever received (in the context of a Non-Profit Organisation)?

“Be like a postage stamp. Stick to it until you get there.” – Bob Proctor


What advice would you give those wanting to work for, or start, a Non-Profit Organisation?

Have a compelling reason to exist and a single clear focus!


What, in your mind, has been Ripple Reading’s biggest success?

Creating a solid foundation with a winning team.


What have you/ your organisation learnt from mistakes that may have been made?

Think big but start small. Take one step at a time and keep your eyes on your vision.


In what way would you like Ripple Reading to impact South Africa?

Think about a South Africa where the majority of South Africans can read with understanding. It’s a possibility and also our vision. This will impact individuals, their families, their success rate in school and ultimately ripple out to the matric results. Reading is crucial for the growth of impoverished communities and its people. Reading is the first step towards these changes.


Have you met any people or heard any stories that have inspired you to do the work that you do? If so, please tell us a little more.

The children that I taught inspired me to do what I do. They showed persistence, resourcefulness and courage and I just fell in love with them. I wanted to show them that they must not give up hope. I admire children who succeed against all odds. I also met a professor that only started reading at the age of 16 and that showed me that there is always hope.


Why did you decide to do the work that you do?

I could not believe how many children struggled with reading and the amazing children with potential that thought there was no way out. I wanted to help.

Go here for more information on Ripple Reading’s project on Different.org.