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Little Ripples is a program of iACT

Little Ripples is a program of iACT. iACT is a Los Angeles-based organization providing humanitarian action to aid, empower and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities. Through responsive action campaigns and leadership development in the U.S., we provide tools and training necessary to create a new culture of participation for people facing and responding to humanitarian crises. iACT utilizes innovative thinking, human-centered design, and collaborative relationships to co-create replicable and cost-effective programs in refugee camps. Since 2005, iACT has facilitated refugee-led education, sports, and human rights programs that build resilience and cultivate recovery in refugee camps in eastern Chad. Learn more at www.iactivism.org




iACT is partnering with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in the construction and management of the Little Ripples centers. JRS/USA is the US-based arm of JRS.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is an international Catholic non-governmental organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. As one of the ten geographic regions of Jesuit Refugee Service, JRS/USA serves as the major refugee outreach arm of U.S. Jesuits and their institutional ministries, mobilizing their response to refugee situations in the U.S. and abroad. Through our advocacy and fundraising efforts, JRS/USA also provides support for the work of JRS throughout the world. JRS services are provided to refugees regardless of race, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.

JRS has maintained a presence in eastern Chad since 2006 and places a priority on providing refugees with access to pre-primary through tertiary education. JRS programs in this region include formal pre-school, primary, secondary and post-secondary schooling, as well as training teachers at all levels of education. Having worked with this community for over a decade, JRS is an ideal partner to implement the Little Ripples pre-school model, as well as the Darfur United Soccer Academy, with Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad. To learn more about how JRS supports refugees globally, as well as in Chad, please visit their website here.

University of Wisconsin Survey Center

In partnership with iACT, the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) is creating the baseline and ongoing assessment tools being used in the refugee camps for Little Ripples. For over 20 years, UWSC has provided a broad range of high quality survey research services to the UW community, governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. They help design and implement all components of a survey ranging from questionnaire design and layout to data collection to report writing and analysis.

iACT works with several community partners to sustain Little Ripples. Learn more about them on our Partners Page.