On September 21, 2013 Ravindra Ramrattan was killed in the terrorist attacks at Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Ravi was working in Kenya to provide better access to financial services to those living below the poverty line for he genuinely believed that everyone regardless of their background should have equal opportunities to live comfortably.
Ravi was incredibly generous, humble, fearless and intelligent person. He greatly improved the lives of everyone who had the fortune of knowing him throughout his life. You can read more about his life and work on this blog-post
- his last employer's website
- and this Tumblr
page (Tumblr password: lionofmumias).
In his memory, we hope to raise some funds that can be used by Ravi's family towards a charitable cause that they will choose to help his name live on by supporting others who are willing to continue the type of work Ravi dedicated his life and abilities to, poverty alleviation. This is something that will do some justice to the kind of life that Ravi chose to live.
On September 21, 2015, an agreement was made with the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) and the East Africa Social Science Collaborative through Berkeley College, University of California to provide young African scholars with ‘an opportunity to attend its annual summit and establish relationships with fellows, affiliates, and partners through the Ravindra Ramrattan Fund”.
For CEGA, this venture is also a way "to honor Ravi by ensuring that individuals much like whose lives he sought to improve are given an opportunity for growth". The Fund is now referred to as "The Ravindra B. Ramrattan EASST Fund".
In 2017, Muthoni Ng’ang’a of Kenya and Kahsay Berhane of Ethiopia were the first candidates to be sponsored by the Fund to attend the Annual Evidence Summit held in Addis Ababa in July.
Following are excerpts from their responses:
"My name is Kahsay Berhane, a young PhD candidate and Lecturer in Economics in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. May and Chelsea gave me a brief explanation about the Ravi Foundation and I read the book on Ravindra between lines. I can see in this world there are two types of people. The first one are evil individuals’ working day and night to kill innocent and peaceful people and the other are generous individuals like Ravi and his family who are dedicated to helping and supporting all people without any criteria. I thank you so much for sponsoring me to attend the Annual Evidence Summit held in Addis Ababa last month by Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at UC Berkeley. I was honored and grateful for the opportunities given to me to participate in and achieve new knowledge and a new research dimension to my career……. , I will share all the information, new methodologies, experimental approaches in the emerging research in economics to my students and friends without any reservation……… and in the future I will produce problem-solving research and communicate with you at all time."
"My name is Muthoni Ng'ang'a from Kenya. I would like to pass my sincere gratitude to you for your generosity that gave me an opportunity to attend the CEGA evidence summit in Addis Ababa this year. I come from the country where Ravi met his death during the very unfortunate attack at the Westgate mall. It was indeed a painful ordeal and we pray that such would never happen again. In the midst of this pain, you took the opportunity to continue with Ravi's dream to inspire more scholars in the field of Development Economics. I am indeed touched by your kind thoughts and contribution."
It is expected that the new research methodologies and knowledge learnt by these two participants will be shared with all for the benefit of all - a reflection of Ravi’s involvement at Innovations for Poverty Action and Financial Sector Deepening Trust where he introduced new research methodologies and ideas and translated research into national policies and above all shared his knowledge with all for the benefit of all.
A blog about this Initiative is published in the from the Berkeley College website here.
"Special thank you also to Rajiv and Parbatee Ramrattan, who generously donated funding for East African Researchers in honour of their brother/son Ravi Ramrattan, who was dedicated to research on poverty and economics in East Africa and who tragically passed away in the Westgate attack of 2013."
Further to this fund which was initiated (formerly Ravindra Ramrattan Memorial Fund) by Ravindra’s friends and colleagues in Africa as a way to honor his memory. A Memorial Book was also compiled by FSD Kenya, as a tribute to him. The sale of this book has since been seen as an opportunity to raise funds to service the Fund. Details of this venture can be found on Facebook.
If you are already in possession of a book or do not wish to purchase one but wish to donate to the fund, feel free to donate on this website under the Ravindra Ramrattan Fund.
This year we are looking forward to sponsoring another 2 scholars with your participation and gracious support.