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Checking in with the Little Ripples Preschool #1

Right now, the i-ACT team is in Eastern Chad visiting Camp Goz Amer, where the first Little Ripples school site was completed earlier this year. In September, we learned that the school had been open and running since August 5 – a great surprise to us. As this was still during the rainy season, the attendance was relatively low because many families leave the camps during this time to tend to their fields and crops. This actually was what we had envisioned as being most ideal – a sort of ‘soft opening’ for the teachers and staff to work out the kinks of opening a new school and get used to the new schedule and routine.

On this current trip, i-ACT 17, our team is extremely excited to check in with the Little Ripples teachers and staff and see how the school has been running – learning about the challenges and successes they’ve had thus far. Gabriel and Sara-Christine will also be leading a second round of teacher training, this time focusing on peace-building classroom strategies, health and hygiene practices, and assessment processes for the teachers and staff.

Follow the journey as our team shares Tools4Peace. We’d love to hear from you – participate in the conversation through instagram and twitter using the hashtag #tools4peace. What are things that you use in your own life to bring you peace? What are things that can promote peace in your family, in your community, in our world? Take a picture, leave a comment here, or tweet your answer!


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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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