This blog was originally posted on i-ACT as part of i-ACT21 Day 8.
“We will do our best because this is very important for education and the future of our children,” said Zakariya, one of the 10 refugees we are training and employing to conduct more Little Ripples assessments over the next year. Our goal is to build the capacity of a small team of men and women assessors who can continually and independently conduct assessments. Why bring in experts from the outside when there are lots of capable individuals here!?
Today was day one of training with the assessment team. Most have already assisted us in previous assessments of Little Ripples, so it was wonderful to see familiar faces. I’m heartened by their ongoing commitment.
We began training with a silly icebreaker to get everybody up on their feet and laughing a bit. I’m happy to report It worked, but I’m almost embarrassed to say that it might have been one of the highlights of my day. It never ceases to amaze me how infectious and uplifting play and laughter can be at any age! We went on to sit in a circle and have a general discussion about the objectives of the assessment and a general overview of the assessment process and survey. Most importantly, we received their feedback and suggestions for improvements on the survey questions based on their previous experience.
I loved all of it. Sitting in a circle. Collaborating. Talking surveys and the fundamentals of interviewing, listening, learning, and finding solutions with the refugees. We all bring our own set of experiences, knowledge and skills. All we ever need is an opportunity to come together.
So now that we’re together, we will accomplish as much as we can over the next few days.
Photos from Little Ripples School 2015
Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad are experiencing severe cuts in food rations. Of the World Food Program minimum standard of 2,100 calories per person, per day, they now only receive approximately 800 calories. In the extreme conditions that exist in this region, it is not possible for the refugees to make up the difference to provide for the minimum nutritional needs of their families. Young children are impacted the most. The resulting malnutrition has negative developmental effects, most of which are irreversible.
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