iACT partners with advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations, and companies to build and advocate for a new community-based model of humanitarian action.
iACT is a co-founder of Act for Sudan, an alliance of American citizen activists and Sudanese U.S. residents who advocate for an end to genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan. Act for Sudan is dedicated to advocacy that is directly informed by the situation on the ground and by Sudanese people who urgently seek protection, justice, and peace.
iACT and the Enough Project have partnered on both U.S.-based education campaigns and programs that benefit the Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad, including the Darfur Dream Team Sister School Program, which connected U.S. schools to schools in refugee camp Djabal in order to inspire action and primary school support.
iACT works directly with Jesuit Refugee Service in refugee camps and sites in Central Africa. Specifically, we partner to support and expand Little Ripples and the Refugees United Soccer Academy. The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA is to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
iACT and Jewish World Watch began at the same time, at the onset of the Darfur genocide. We are both based in Los Angeles and regularly partner on local and national education and action campaigns. Jewish World Watch directly supports Little Ripples and the Little Ripples meal program. Jewish World Watch works to end genocide and mass atrocities worldwide by educating and mobilizing individuals, advocating for policy changes, and funding projects to support and build resilience in conflict-affected communities.
InsightLA is iACT’s mindfulness compass. Founder Trudy Goodman and several key staff members develop and foster elements of the mindfulness practice across iACT programs. InsightLA is dedicated to bringing the deep joy and peace of mindfulness and compassion to people everywhere. InsightLA’s commitment is to provide a warm, supportive learning environment, fostering mindfulness and compassion in all our relationships – with ourselves, with others, and with our world.
My Escuelita: Spanish for Kids collaborated on and piloted Global Citizens, an iACT education and empathy program for U.S.-based preschool-age children. My Escuelita’s mission is to teach Spanish to children through play and interaction, by means of a variety of multi-sensory materials and activities such as songs, stories, and arts and crafts, in a fun, stimulating, and encouraging environment that fosters fluency and language development and exposes children to traditional music, literature, games, themes, and Latin American traditions.
Promising Practices in Refugee Education is a joint initiative of Save the Children, the world’s largest independent children’s rights organisation, UNHCR the UN refugee agency and Pearson the world’s learning company. Little Ripples was a 2017 Promising Practices in Refugee Education case study and the iACT team presented at their 2017 United Nations General Assembly conference.
The University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) creates the baseline and ongoing assessment tools used by iACT to evaluate Little Ripples in the refugee camps. 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. UWSC helps design and implement all components of a survey, ranging from questionnaire design and layout to data collection to report-writing and analysis.
The most important objective of AgainstAtrocity.org is the teaching of empathy to children in conflict and asylum areas, so that the violence they have observed is not repeated.
By creating links to the most important organizations working in these areas, as well as to reporting what Global Thought Leaders and teachers are currently suggesting as remedies, we hope to make some small progress in a world where we have “caveman” emotions and nuclear weapons.
Plan International started its operations in Tanzania in 1991 supporting vulnerable children and their families with access to health care, education, safe sanitation and water, productive livelihoods, and protection of their well-being. In early 2016, PLAN expanded its programming to Education in Emergencies (EiE) and Youth Economic Empowerment (YEE) in order to promote access to quality education and strengthen youth resilience through livelihoods, life-skills, psychosocial support, provision of teaching and learning materials, teacher trainings, and the establishment of child-friendly spaces. In its new five-year strategy, PLAN aims to ensure that marginalized refugee children in Tanzania, especially girls, are able to reach their full potential in a society that protects and respects their rights.
There is an even greater need to promote tolerance and respect for people forced to flee. Today more than 100 universities, foundations, faith-based organizations, youth groups, UN Agencies, and NGOs are on board. By bringing together a diverse coalition we can have more impact. This is a unique and historic opportunity to create a global movement behind the refugee cause.
ORGANIZATIONS AND COALITIONS
iACT is a part of several coalitions and working groups including the Sudan and South Sudan Working Group, Peace and Protection Working Group, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Human Rights Educators Associates, Center for Nonprofit Management, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, Association for Childhood Education International Children’s Rights SIF, California Association of Nonprofits and the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies.