Creating Ripples was founded by Mudrika de Maria.
Mudrika was impacted at a young age from acts of kindness she received herself and from the difference she saw her parents make to others.
Mudrika was impacted by a Ripple of kindness as a young child. One day, aged six, on her way back from school with her mum, she had a nosebleed in the street. Her mum in a panic started to tell her off. Many people walked on by, busy with their lives, not noticing this little girl with blood running down her face and clothes.
Then a complete stranger, realising what was happening, took the time to buy a box of tissues from the local shop and handed it to her mum.
Mudrika never had the chance to thank the stranger or find out their name; so that person probably doesn’t know that decades later that one small act of kindness would be a foundation of Creating Ripples.
As a young child, Mudrika also remembers her mum and dad welcoming new families from India into their community and helping them to settle in by helping them find somewhere to live. They also showed them around the community and her mum even used to set up their kitchen for them.
Never a weekend went by without a knock on the door, with someone asking for help from her mum or dad. Initially Mudrika didn’t understand why her parents would go to so much trouble to help strangers, and often be overworked and tired. Then she realised how much difference this made to those families – enabling them to thrive in a strange environment and also seeing these families pass the Ripple on.
To this day families still come to Mudrika to tell her how much her mum and dad had helped them. Many years later these families have children and grandchildren in amazing jobs and businesses in their local community.
We have a tremendous opportunity to learn from previous generations, whether dead or alive. We have a tremendous opportunity to teach our children and future generations about the importance of contribution.
Many of us have been fortunate to grow up in a generation where we felt part of a community - we knew our neighbours. We felt the Ripple of community spirit. That is changing and usually not for the better. How can we change that and show others the power of a loving community?
Many people through religion have been taught to be kind and to help others, maybe by giving 10% of what they earn to charity. Whether people are religious or not, there is still an important message in being kind and helping others financially when we can. How can we be role models for the future?
VALUES & COMMUNITY
Mudrika has always had very strong values taught to her by her parents and she saw a very clear disconnect between how she grew up and how her children’s generation were growing up.She grew up around a very large community and her parents were very religious and had strong morals.
Through these two channels she was taught to work hard, have respect, to give, to be kind and to not judge people. She also knew who her neighbors were and enjoyed the strong sense of community. She grew up being very independent: walking to school on her own and being responsible for many things. In contrast, she found that her children were often being driven in a car and were stuck to her side, that they didn’t know their neighbors and didn’t have such a strong sense of community: today’s world is a very different one.
We have more means to communicate than ever before and yet we do not have that same sense of community that we once had and we do not have the same values that we used to get through community, religion and other means. So Mudrika decided that she had to come up with a way of teaching her children these strong values that she is so proud of having herself. She also recognised that her approach had to be adapted so that it was relevant to modern times and modern technology.
Mudrika was due to get married in January 1994 and her mother took her to India in April 1993 for a shopping holiday. On this trip, Mudrika recalls her mother giving her words of wisdom and she said that this would be their last trip to India together. On their return, her mum got very sick and was diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately she was allergic to chemotherapy and died very suddenly 6 weeks later. Mudrika’s mother died on Mudrika’s 22nd birthday. For many years she could not understand how could a mother die on her child’s birthday - the day she had given life to her and the same day that she leaves her. For many years, Mudrika had something in the back of her head that there must be a reason for all of this to happen this way.
One day she realised that she wanted a way to honour the memory of her mum. Her mum dying on her birthday was a reminder for her to carry on the Ripples. She wanted to capture the essence of her mum’s generosity and unconditional love so that others could benefit from that kindness. The Ripple of legacy.
What better way to honour someone’s memory than to continue to be the difference in the same way that they had been?