This will be my first trip to Goz Amer (actually my first trip out of the country). I am so very anxious to get to the refugee camp and begin our work here.
My name is Melissa Holcombe. I am from sunny California and happily married with two children who I miss tremendously already. I am blessed to have a family who is so supportive of my passion for advocating for the education of disadvantaged children. So here I am…I am one of the Expert Teacher Advisors who will be training the teachers for the Little Ripples Preschool in the Goz Amer refugee camp.
It is difficult waiting to meet the teachers that we will be working with. Today we a took a big step in that direction…we finally made it to the UNHCR compound in Kou Kou! This is day #5 being in T’Chad. We left N’ djamena @ 6:00 am this morning for a 1 1/2 hour flight to Abeche. From there we flew to Goz Beida, which was followed by a convoy to the UNHCR compound in Kou Kou! One step closer!
We just received word that the school is nearly ready…just needs painting! Hearing that is music to my ears! That is such great news! I’ve been hoping all along that we will be able to train the teaching staff and be here for the opening of the school as well. That possibility is looking more and more like a reality. I can hardly contain my excitement! But…one step at a time…I patiently wait to meet the wonderful teachers that we will be working with. I look forward to learning a lot about them (and from them) and begin to build a rapport. From there, the expectation is to collaborate and build the rest of the Little Ripples curriculum together. My hope is to leave them with some wonderful tools to make Little Ripples a success…empowering them to make a positive impact on their community and the lives of their most vulnerable and precious treasures… the children.
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