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Planning, Planning, Planning

This morning the team had a great planning pow-wow for the teacher training and then in the afternoon we talked about the assessment tools and process. With a really strong foundation for both aspects, we kept reminding each other to keep it simple and not get too ahead – it could all change when we get to Goz Amer. We’re all anxious to get out there and start the work! I feel much assured being surrounded by this amazing team of experts who adjust so easily to new, challenging conditions…Last night we were sitting in hotel lobby talking about our trip to the camps and the electricity went out a few times. The first time the conversation paused for maybe 3 seconds then continued on, business as usual, in the dark…

Woke up at 4am this morning and took a catnap from 7-9am…Not sure if I’ll fully adjust to the schedule of T’chad but that’s all right since we are leaving at 5:30am to go to the airport tomorrow. Looks like it will be a longer trek than expected: flying into Abeche, then flying to Goz Beida, then boarding a convoy to Kou Kou. We’ve already unloaded ~250 lbs of supplies that will be driven over to Kou Kou to meet us at the UNHCR compound…but we are still trying to get on the plane with ~300 lbs of luggage which is a stretch. As always, keep us in your thoughts for safe travels with all our bags!!!

PS. Check out Expert Teacher Advisor Jocelyn Tucker’s personal blog at theripplebegins.com

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Jennifer became passionate about international development and humanitarian work when studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and leading youth performing arts workshops in one of the surrounding townships. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences, she taught adolescent reproductive health to high school students in South and East Los Angeles. She has also worked as a Research Associate at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, where she was able to foster an understanding of the community engagement and community resilience approaches, and hopes to incorporate these strategies in her work with Little Ripples. jennifer@iactivism.org


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