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This post is originally posted by our partner, BellyBuds, here.

Rakiya is a mother and has been living in the Goz Amer refugee camp in eastern Chad for over 11 years. She and her two children are unable to return to their village in Darfur, Sudan due to the ongoing violence and insecurity there.


Warm, welcoming and happy to offer a cup of tea or a bit of food to any visitor to her home, Rakiya speaks excitedly of her children attending the local school created by Little Ripples, a non-profit program dedicated to implementing innovative and comprehensive curriculum tailored to a population exposed to severe trauma:

“I’ve changed my behavior! I’m happier since my children started attending Little Ripples school. Before it was hard to ask my children to do things. Now they listen to me, and they come home talking about what they have learned at school.”

Her story speaks directly to the intention of Little Ripples. The aim of the program is to create a safe space for the refugee children that fosters mindfulness and empathy, as well as social-emotional and cognitive development, so that their behavior can ripple outwards and positively affect family members and the community at large.

Now is the opportunity for our community to help Little Ripples in their efforts. For a limited time, we will be offering our entire collection of CDs for 50% off – and 50% of all profits will go directly to the Little Ripples program. We invite you to join us in raising funds and raising awareness for the refugee children as we send out some positive ripples of our own!

Please visit the BellyBuds website here!

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