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This blog was originally posted as part of i-ACT21 Day 11.

One of our outstanding Little Ripples teachers attended our assessment training today. It was such a pleasure to see her. She is always so sharp and engaged in whatever training and work we’re doing. On one of our previous trips, I asked how many children Fatima wanted, at the time she had two, and she responded, “more, more!” For some reason her response has stayed with me. She exemplifies the woman who does it all. She’s a wife, a mother, a teacher, a friend, a leader, and I’m sure the list goes on.

When we were walking to lunch together, she pulled out her phone to show me that the background image was a picture of her and me! I couldn’t believe it. I was so touched and it struck a chord with me. I always wonder what it must be like for the teachers and others we work with to see us come so briefly and go. It’s something I give a lot of thought to. So to see that Fatima carries an image of me with her was so surprising and so humbling, and a reminder that there are few things in life that more important than connecting with others and continuing to show up.


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Sara-Christine Dallain

Sara-Christine Dallain holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. Through her previous work with Direct Relief; Réseau Africain d’Education pour la Santé (RAES) in Senegal, Africa; and Board Member of Chad Relief Foundation; Dallain brings on-the-ground insight and experience in program design, evaluation, and implementation for health and education projects in sub-Saharan Africa. As i-ACT Director of Programs, she manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of i-ACT programs in refugee camps, serves as the organization’s primary grant writer, contributes greatly to social media and marketing content, collaborates with and oversees program volunteers, and supports i-ACT development and fundraising initiatives. Dallain has been working in both southern and eastern Chad refugee camps since 2011, and is one of the staff members regularly traveling to eastern Chad refugee camps and global conferences.


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