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The Tour will Amplify their Voices

Oumda Tarbosh. Help us amplify his voice. Photo by: i-ACT / Gabriel Stauring.

“You are our only voice and hope,” said Oumda.

Oumda was speaking on behalf of the refugees in his isolated camp in Eastern Chad. By “you” he was referring to all of you who support i-ACT’s efforts. Talk about a responsibility. I felt the weight on my shoulders increase that very moment. To hear this was humbling to say the absolute least and a reminder of the critical role we play.

This was said many months ago, but this quote continues to be timely. And I’m sharing it now because we have just started the month long Tour de Goz Amer fundraiser as a means to get individuals like you from around the country to join refugees from Darfur in a bicycle ride; away from violence and towards peace. Funds raised through the Tour support education for the children of refugee camp Goz Amer – where Oumda lives.

But the Tour is more than just about raising money. It is also a vehicle to amplify the voices of the refugees. To amplify the voice of Oumda. The more of you who ride, the more the voices, messages and needs of the refugees will be shared, heard and hopefully met.

Register to ride. Start spinning your wheels for peace and for the amplification of the refugees’ voices. Set your goal, reach out to friends, co-workers and family for per-mile-pledges. And guess what!? Oumda will be there, helping us manage the Tour de Goz Amer bike race in his camp this Fall. By joining and riding for per-mile-pledges, you’ll be showing Oumda that his voice is being amplified and carried by people in the U.S.


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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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