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REVE Kandale

REVE is an acronym in French that stands for “rehabilitation of green space and schools,” and is also the French word for "dream."  

REVE Kandale — cofounded by Zaire RPCV Gregg Ramm — supports reforestation, education, empowering girls and women, clean water and youth sports in Kandale. 

The village is in the Kwilu province, 150 miles from Kikwit


Colette Madishi Ramm grew-up in Kandale, DRC. She served as head of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission for North and South Kivu regions in Eastern Congo during the Mai-Mai Uprising (1997-1998). From 2001-2008, Colette worked with the United Nations in Kosovo, Kenya and Senegal. She holds a master’s degree in International Community Economic and Development from New Hampshire College in Manchester, N.H. She is fluent in six languages. In 2010, she co-founded REVE Kandale with her husband, Greg Ramm. Colette lives in Bethesda, MD.



Greg Ramm is Vice President of Humanitarian Response for Save the Children, based in Washington, D.C. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, when the country was known as Zaire. Greg taught math and physics at Institut Gufwa-Gubila in Kandale in Bandundu, southwest Congo, from 1981 to 1983. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and speaks French and Kikongo. He lives in Bethesda, MD, with his wife Colette Madishi Ramm.

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