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The Ripples

Today was our first day in refugee camp Goz Amer since leaving Los Angeles six days ago. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of time, plane rides, planning, and coordinating it takes to get to eastern Chad. Arriving to Little Ripples School this morning and being greeted by our refugee friends and colleagues was like taking a long deep breath in and
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What Drives Us to Expand Little Ripples

As iACT plans to expand Little Ripples in eastern Chad and share our model globally, we reflect on what motivates and drives us to do so. Here some of what we came up with: First, we’re driven by the need. Globally, there is a huge gap in early childhood education programming for refugee children. On a global scale, education comprises only 2% of the international humanitarian
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The Little Ripples children are telling their own stories now

Each Saturday morning (well, most Saturday mornings), I put my hair in a ponytail, grab a cup of coffee and head for my “office,” by which I mean the kitchen table. While my kids eat toast and scrambled eggs, I meet online with a group of educators for #leadupchat to swap ideas, hear success stories and to get inspired all over again for the
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Overcoming Trauma Through Mindfulness

This post was published in partnership with BellyBuds. For a limited time, all CD’S are 50% off and 50% of all profits will go to Little Ripples. Shop to expand our mindfulness program today! Little Ripples incorporates three simple pillars into curriculum and everyday classroom engagement: peace, sharing, and helping. When iACT first set out to offer a skeleton curriculum that incorporated the best
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Collaboration, community, and empowerment from within

My 6 year old son starts a new school next week and he seriously cannot wait. He looks longingly out the car window whenever we drive by and says proudly, “Hey, mom! There it is! That’s my new school! I’ll be a (wait for it…..) FIRST GRADER!” His excitement and boundless optimism are achingly beautiful to me and I say small prayers that they
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