This blog was originally posted as part of i-ACT21 Day 9.
We arrived to Little Ripples at 6:30 this morning. Being there at this hour has been great insight into the school morning routine. We get to see caregivers dropping off their children, others strolling in on their own, seeming way beyond their years. It’s been an opportunity for us to see all the students experiencing Little Ripples.
My feelings are mixed. I am so happy knowing that all these children are learning and playing in a safe, nurturing space. However I can’t help but notice the prevalence of orange hair, sunken cheeks, and swollen bellies. It is so so hard to comprehend. It’s incredibly sad and maddening. Now more than ever, Little Ripples needs to support the nutrition of it’s student. How is this acceptable!? How is it acceptable that so many children be allowed to begin their life with irreparable damage to their bodies and brain? The international community keeps pushing the refugees to be self-reliant. How is allowing their children to continue to be malnourished going to lead self-reliant and thriving communities in the future?
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