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All-Refugee Team in Chad Leads Expansion of Early Childhood and Soccer Programs


“I feel very excited to start giving a look to the locations of Ponds.” iACT program coordinator Oumda Alfateh Younous Haroun (Back row, center)

For the first time ever, a completely refugee-led expansion of iACT youth soccer and early childhood education programs for Darfuri refugees in Chad.


REFUGEE CAMP OURE CASSONI, CHAD | Tuesday May 31, 2022 — With World Refugee Day coming up soon, iACT is excited to share that an all-refugee team has led the expansion of iACT’s Refugees United Soccer Academy (RUSA) to refugee camp Oure Cassoni in eastern Chad. RUSA is a youth soccer academy for children affected by conflict, and this expansion means that now the children of all 12 Darfuri refugee camps along the Chad/Sudan border have access to this sports program focused on wellbeing and peacebuilding. 


This follows the April expansion of iACT’s Little Ripples (LR) early childhood education program in nearby camp Am Nabak, as well as the November expansion of RUSA to refugee camps Gaga and Treguine. These program expansions were completed from start to finish by iACT team members currently living in refugee camps themselves.