Arriving to Smiles in the Central African Republic
I can see Congo across the river. The surroundings are green and lush. It is so calming to watch the fishermen on their long canoes gliding across the water. It’s going to be a hot and muggy day, but right now the morning is still pleasant. We head out soon to meet parents of children that will be attending the preschool we’ll be working with, training its teachers in the Little Ripples model.
Yesterday I received an email from the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. It was an “atrocity alert” that included CAR. When you click into their report, they state: Populations in the Central African Republic face an imminent risk of mass atrocity crimes committed by various armed groups and militias.
In times likes this in CAR, some might ask: Why come to work on preschool education? To this, we say: It is the exact right time. Children are the most vulnerable within an already vulnerable population, and preschool age children are going through a key developmental stage that will have a huge impact on the rest of their lives. This is the time to support their teachers and parents in creating spaces where these children can thrive and be the future of a more peaceful community, country, and region.
It is early on this first full day in CAR. I’m looking forward to learning from the people I will meet, and I’m really looking forward to exchanging more smiles.
30 hours after leaving home, we made it to Bangui, CAR. A nice rain was falling as we crossed the city. We went by this monument to peace. I hope this peace dove flies over the entire country. We start getting to know the people and the community tomorrow. To learn more about @iactivism and Little Ripples, visit iact.ngo
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