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Talking Surveys and Fundamentals of Interviewing

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.

Stay tuned,

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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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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