Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS)
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. As one of the ten geographic regions of Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS/USA serves as the major refugee outreach arm of U.S. Jesuits and their institutional ministries, mobilizing their response to refugee situations in the U.S. and abroad. Through our advocacy and fundraising efforts, JRS/USA also provides support for the work of JRS throughout the world. JRS services are provided to refugees regardless of race, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.
JRS has maintained a presence in eastern Chad since 2006 and places a priority on providing refugees with access to pre-primary through tertiary education. JRS programs in this region include formal pre-school, primary, secondary and post-secondary schooling, as well as training teachers at all levels of education. Having worked with this community for over a decade, JRS is an ideal partner to implement the Little Ripples pre-school model, as well as the Darfur United Soccer Academy, with Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad. To learn more about how JRS supports refugees globally, as well as in Chad, please visit their website here.
Jewish World Watch (JWW) is a leading organization in the fight against genocide and mass atrocities. Since its founding in 2004 based on Jewish experience and values, JWW has grown from a collection of Southern California synagogues into a global coalition that includes schools, churches, individuals, communities and partner organizations that share a vision of a world without genocide. Currently focused on the ongoing crises in Sudan and eastern Congo, JWW partners with on-the-ground organizations to develop high-impact projects that improve the lives of survivors and help build the foundation for a safer world, while inspiring our communities to support tangible projects and advocate for political change. Since its inception, JWW has raised more than eleven million dollars in pursuit of our mission, impacting our community and hundreds of thousands of people in Sudan and Congo. In partnership with the Gary Saltz Foundation and Students 4 Students at Yavneh Academy of Dallas, JWW is generously providing support for classroom and kitchen materials, office supplies, staffing support, and 2 uniforms for each Little Ripples student.
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Operation RAD is a group of students at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaii who strive to spread awareness about the tragedies occurring and raise money in order to to directly support and communicate with the refugees affected by the Darfur Genocide. Since March 2010 Operation RAD has taken on a wide variety of advocacy and fundraising activities, including petition drives and visiting the offices of local politicians, participating in live video chats with Darfuri refugee students, conducting schoolwide sporting goods drives, and candy cane gram and bake sale fundraisers.
CommuniKids Preschool, located in has started its fundraising campaign for i-ACT’s initiative “Little Ripples.” On Friday May 10, CommuniKids Preschool Center in Falls Church, VA held a Cultural Fair that raised $1,200.00, enough money to purchase three Ripple Boxes for our friends in the Goz Amer and Djabal camps. That means materials for 180 children! The week-long Cultural Fair was a wonderful intersection of fundraising, parental and community involvement, learning, and fellowship. As part of a curricular unit called “Friends from Other Countries,” CommuniKids students prepared crafts, talked about the importance of play, and learned about how difficult it can be for our little friends to find a safe place to play and learn in the Goz Amer and Djabal camps. Students listened to traditional music and learned to play traditional games from all the different countries represented in the preschool’s community. Among these the children played “1,2,3 pescao” from Puerto Rico, “le chat et le souris” from Congo, and “le quatre saisons” from Morocco. On the day of the fair parents were invited to join the festivities and made a donation upon entering the party. They had a chance to play the traditional games children had learned, purchase crafts created by students, and enter a raffle to win an original work of art gracefully donated by renowned cartoon artist Camilo Ruiz. Parents also had the opportunity to approach the Little Ripples information booth to learn more about the situation in the camps and i-ACT’s initiatives.
SixteenR was incepted in the philosophy that the scarf can be a tool of empowerment. SixteenR creates lines of forward-thinking scarves, providing women the opportunity to define their own style and individuality that fit their beliefs. In 2012 SixteenR partnered with Little Ripples to create a line of beautiful ‘Buy One, Empower One’ scarves – for every scarf bought, SixteenR will be donating a scarf to a Little Ripples teacher.
Triangles of Truth (ToT) is an international movement of students who honor and remember Holocaust victims by working to end present-day genocide. Our mission is twofold: (i) to educate citizens from all walks of life in the history and lessons of genocide and (ii) to guide them as they run their own community-based fundraising campaigns to help meet the immediate humanitarian needs of current genocide refugees. To date, over fifty groups and institutions across six continents have participated, realizing their powerful ability to impact the lives of others, raising $60,000 for anti-genocide civilian protection and advocacy projects. Since May 2011, Triangles of Truth has worked with i-ACT and the United Nations Refugee Agency on the Little Ripples project. As such, all proceeds from ToT campaigns worldwide have been forwarded to support the construction and sustainability of one classroom at the first Little Ripples school site in Camp Goz Amer.