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Registration, Polaroids, Interviews, Measurements and Shukran!

Hand Shake
Great first day of assessments at Little Ripples! We got through 81 respondents! The refugee interviewers were amazing. So diligent. It was a long day, but they hung in there. Gabriel and I helped with the coordination, taking polaroids of each child and making sure all was coming together systematically. Nathan was greeting every mother and her Little Ripple, and registering the children in order to make sure each student’s name and refugee identification number was well documented before they began their interviews. What a process! Welcome to survey field work.

The mothers were so kind. So patient. They allowed me to shuffle them around from station to station with hand signals and the few arabic words I learned. Mainly I just smiled a lot and said “Kaif Halik” (How are you?), “Shukran!” (Thank you), “Jameel” (Beautiful) and “Tamam” (Good). The children were quietly following their mothers. They’d reach out and give me a shy little handshake. And I would melt.

While the mothers and children were waiting their turns, many were requesting I take photos. My camera ended up getting passed around so that everybody could have the chance of seeing themselves. Mothers were calling to their friends to come and see the photo of them. Lots of laughter ensued!

I’m going to leave you with some of those very photos so you can get a glimpse of the beautiful people and children we had the pleasure of spending the day with!

A shy little hand shake!
A Little Ripples mother. She insisted I take her picture. It was so great to see her reaction when she saw her photo. If only I could leave her with it...
No explanation needed for this picture! One of our Little Ripples.
I shouldn't have favorites... but Saoud continues to capture my attention each time we visit Little Ripples.
Tried to get a close up of her earrings. They're made of string.
Taking a moment to rest, sit and wait with the mothers.
Sadiya, one of our wonderful refugee interviewers. Check out that smile!

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Sara-Christine Dallain

Sara-Christine Dallain holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. Through her previous work with Direct Relief; Réseau Africain d’Education pour la Santé (RAES) in Senegal, Africa; and Board Member of Chad Relief Foundation; Dallain brings on-the-ground insight and experience in program design, evaluation, and implementation for health and education projects in sub-Saharan Africa. As i-ACT Director of Programs, she manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of i-ACT programs in refugee camps, serves as the organization’s primary grant writer, contributes greatly to social media and marketing content, collaborates with and oversees program volunteers, and supports i-ACT development and fundraising initiatives. Dallain has been working in both southern and eastern Chad refugee camps since 2011, and is one of the staff members regularly traveling to eastern Chad refugee camps and global conferences.


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