Galit Cohen


We are all ripples coming together to create a wave of change.


Galit Cohen has twenty years of experience as a professional in the international development and humanitarian aid arena. She has managed programmes in Israel, in townships around Gauteng and the Western Cape, and in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape and KZN.

For the past eight years she has been the Director of Ripples for Change, an organization working in the rural areas in the Eastern Cape.

Galit has a degree in economics and a Master’s degree in Public Health specializing in Emergency and Disaster Management. This led her to join and head emergency missions to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010; the Philippines after Typhoon Hayan in 2014; Oklahoma City after a Tornado in 2014; and in South Sudan for eight months in 2014-15.

In February 2019, she published together with Lynette Howe the book "Putting Charities to Work, How to Make Money for Good".


  • Children and Infants

  • Community Development

  • Skills Development

Ripples for Change was founded in 2013 in East London to strengthen rural and semi-urban communities in South Africa, with a focus on the Eastern Cape Province.

The organisation believes in upskilling community members and leaders to ensure impactful, long-lasting social and economic change. Ripples for Change is dedicated to finding new strategies for dealing with challenges faced by rural communities in South Africa.

It strives to strengthen communities and offer new opportunities to individuals, through a variety of programmes:

• Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes
• Supporting communities by linking them to existing resources and services
• Agriculture programmes for emerging and existing farmers
• Capacity building of local leaders and community members

Ripples for Change is a registered non-profit company (NPC) and a public benefit organization (PBO).

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