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i-ACT 17: Breakfast at Little Ripples

i-ACT 17: Breakfast at Little Ripples

Here's a short but revealing video of the Little Ripples teachers enjoying breakfast together with some of their own children. It's a sort of teacher's lounge where they can commune and exchange ideas and encouragement. In less than six months working together, you can tell they've created bonds that will form the foundation of Little Ripples.

Follow the journey at http://www.iactivism.org/tools4peace/

LR1: Checking in with Little Ripples Preschool #1

LR1: Checking in with Little Ripples Preschool #1

The Little Ripples pilot school has been open since early August. Only a few dozen children have been attending school because their families need to tend crops during the rainy season. The i-ACT team is excited to see how teachers and children are doing and to start another series of training.

Learn more at www.littleripples.org and http://www.iactivism.org/tools4peace/

Little Ripples Teacher Training

Little Ripples Teacher Training

In May and June, 2013, the i-ACT team traveled to Darfuri refugee camp Goz Amer, close to the Chad-Sudan, border to oversee the completion of the first Little Ripples school construction and to select and train the teachers that will run the school. Jocelyn Tucker and Melissa Holcombe, both of them experts in Early Childhood Development and Educaction -- with decades of experience in the field, led the trainings.

To find out more about Little Ripples, visit: http://littleripples.org

The First Little Ripples Center

The First Little Ripples Center

We did it! The first Little Ripples center is set to be finished this week and we got to tour the amazing campus with the whole LR team. Here's a video of our project coordinator Jennifer Tang presenting the beautiful center to the world. Thanks for all your support, we couldn't have done this without the Little Ripples community!

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First Little Ripples Class

First Little Ripples Class

After teacher training with our experts in early childhood development -- Jocelyn and Melissa -- the two lead teachers -- Haleyma and Rashida -- had the opportunity to welcome some of the Little Ripples students and practice what they learned! Learning goes hand in hand with playing, and the kids loved it. It was wonderful to see the teachers talking with the children, knowing that using language and interacting as they play is like food for their minds.

Learn more at www.littleripples.org

Little Ripples 2013 Donor Report

Little Ripples 2013 Donor Report

Our deepest gratitude to all the individuals, schools, organizations, and communities who made the first Little Ripples school possible in refugee camp Goz Amer, eastern Chad. The immediate goal is to create a magical and safe place for children to flourish. In May 2013, our team of volunteer Expert Teacher Advisors trained the first group of Little Ripples teachers from Goz Amer, and classes begin in August 2013. Here's a short video of what you made possible. The refugee children, teachers, and entire community are so grateful.

For more information visit: www.littleripples.org

Little Ripples: Refugee Preschools

Little Ripples: Refugee Preschools

i-ACT is building early childhood education in Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad. Little Ripples will forge into new territory, implementing an innovative and comprehensive program tailored to a population exposed to severe trauma. Learn more and donate at www.littleripples.org

Little Ripples Teacher Profile: Haleyma

Little Ripples Teacher Profile: Haleyma

Haleyma, now twenty-one, was twelve years old when she started first grade of primary school—a week after she arrived in refugee camp Goz Amer. She was very afraid to come to the camp because people were telling them that "there is people that eat people in that camp," to scare them away from coming. Her parents told her and her eight siblings to not be afraid, "Those are lies."

Haleyma is attentive and active at teachers’ training. When asked how she imagined her first day, she said: “I’ll teach them to wash their hands and to share.” We can’t wait to see Heleyma with a room full of little ripples!

Give a and to Little Ripples and support Heleyma at: http://littleripples.org/2013/09/give-hand-little-ripples/

i-ACT 14: The Foundations of Little Ripples

i-ACT 14: The Foundations of Little Ripples

Little Ripples Coordinator Jennifer Tang talks about a day walking the camp and we meet Miafarrow and Susanrice, refugee children named after for some heroes to the refugees.

Learn more and get involved at www.littleripples.org