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Little Ripples for refugees in Cameroon

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Over the past few years iACT has been developing, implementing, and evaluating the Little Ripples program alongside Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad. Littles Ripples was developed to fill the huge gap in early childhood education and development for thousands of Darfuri refugee children ages 3 to 5. Today, the program is led by 21 trained and employed refugee women and serves 535 children in refugee camp Goz Amer. Based on the success and impact of the program’s approach and curriculum in eastern Chad, iACT has been asked by partner organization Jesuit Refugee Service to expand Little Ripples to Cameroon, for refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR).

Refugees from CAR have escaped unimaginable violence and now live in newly created refugee sites in southeast Cameroon. Once again, no early childhood education and development exists for children affected by violence, loss, and displacement. In the coming weeks, iACT will be visiting several refugee sites in Cameroon to conduct an initial needs assessment – identifying the needs, gaps, and wants of current conditions of the beneficiary community. At each site iACT will spend time with the CAR people; listen to their stories, needs, and ideas; identify their strengths and resources; get to know the leaders; and begin to work with them to see how we can adapt Little Ripples for their children and their community.

We’re so honored and excited at the opportunity to form relationships and friendships with the people from CAR. It’s always a privilege to be welcomed into a refugee’s home, to sit and listen, and to learn how we can best aid, empower, and give hope. We’ll be sharing lots of stories and insights each day and doing our best to give voice to these refugees.

If you’re interested in supporting iACT in implementing Little Ripples for CAR refugee children, please contact iACT COO Katie-Jay Scott at ktj@iactivism.org.


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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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