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Building Adult Capacities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change.

From the start, Little Ripples has set out to be a comprehensive childhood education program – a program that will not only touch the lives of the students of the preschool as well as larger community, both directly and secondarily.  This video outlines the premise behind why Little Ripples is aiming to affect the lives of the adults in the refugee camps as well, bringing up the community as a whole to support Little Ripples and vice versa.

As refugees themselves, the LR teachers have experienced their own traumas and violence. The LR team has spent countless hours putting together an interactive, skill-building teacher training that will leave the LR teachers not only with the knowledge to lead the preschool classrooms, but also empowered in contributing their own voices, stories, and perspectives to the development of the preschool curriculum.  Through video exchanges, the LR team will be able to provide support and coaching to the teachers even when we are not present in the camps.

The Little Ripples facilities will also be utilized by the community at large for after school adult programs. The refugees have expressed interest in having more long-term English-learning language programs, and we want to have a human rights library as an available resource as well.  Do you have any other ideas for materials and programs that would benefit the Little Ripples adult community?

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Jennifer became passionate about international development and humanitarian work when studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and leading youth performing arts workshops in one of the surrounding townships. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences, she taught adolescent reproductive health to high school students in South and East Los Angeles. She has also worked as a Research Associate at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, where she was able to foster an understanding of the community engagement and community resilience approaches, and hopes to incorporate these strategies in her work with Little Ripples. jennifer@iactivism.org


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