At the age of 16, Cassandra Yoder, never dreamt that her pursuit of playing professional tennis would lead her to found a nonprofit organization. After a serious back injury derailed her future in tennis, Cassandra traveled to Malawi, Africa, to volunteer at an orphanage - an experience that forever changed her life. Falling in love with the people in this impoverished country, she knew she had to do more. Subsequently, Cassandra returned to the states and, along with Denny's wife, Kay, started Taking Back Lives, a not-for-profit focused on providing educational opportunities to the people of Malawi.
In recent years, Kay has taken the helm as Cassandra embarked upon a medical career that limited her time and involvement. Subsequently, in order to maximize effectiveness and efficiency, the decision was made for Taking Back Lives to officially join forces with long-time partner RIPPLE Africa. Now known as RIPPLE Africa USA, the organization's mission also includes projects focused on health and the environment, in addition to its educational emphasis. RIPPLE Africa's motto of "Providing a hand up, not a hand out" embodies the philosophy of the organization and serves as the guiding force for how best to serve the myriad of needs faced by the Malawian people.
President and owner of Yoder Homes & Remodeling, Denny Yoder, is a faithful supporter of RIPPLE Africa and visited Malawi in 2016 to see firsthand the impact the charity was making. Please visit www.rippleafrica.org/us and see how this amazing organization is making a tremendous difference in one of the poorest countries in the world!