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The Ripples

Today was our first day in refugee camp Goz Amer since leaving Los Angeles six days ago. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time, plane rides, planning, and coordinating it takes to get to eastern Chad. Arriving to Little Ripples School this morning and being greeted by our refugee friends and colleagues was like taking a long deep breath in and
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A Day at Little Ripples

Little Ripples is a refugee-led early education education program that is adapted to the unique needs of refugee children,  their community and the humanitarian context. What is most important about Little Ripples is that the program does not compromise quality, despite working in heavily under-resourced and complex settings. We believe every child has the right to state-of-the-art preschool education. Here’s what a typical day and
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What Drives Us to Expand Little Ripples

As iACT plans to expand Little Ripples in eastern Chad and share our model globally, we reflect on what motivates and drives us to do so. Here some of what we came up with: First, we’re driven by the need. Globally, there is a huge gap in early childhood education programming for refugee children. On a global scale, education comprises only 2% of the international humanitarian
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Choosing A Different Perspective

This blog was originally posted on iactivism.org. There are so many needs. At the end of our 8 hour days in the camp, I plop down in my room at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) compound and usually sit in silence for some minutes. I let the day, the stories, the visuals, the activities, and the seemingly insurmountable needs all sink in. However, as
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The Little Ripples children are telling their own stories now

Each Saturday morning (well, most Saturday mornings), I put my hair in a ponytail, grab a cup of coffee and head for my “office,” by which I mean the kitchen table. While my kids eat toast and scrambled eggs, I meet online with a group of educators for #leadupchat to swap ideas, hear success stories and to get inspired all over again for the
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