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Always, Often, Sometimes

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Our assessment work is hard. We have 180 caregivers and children to interview, and each interview takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Today, I completed 10. That’s five hours in a chair, in 100 plus degree heat, asking the same questions over and over again, and being fully present for every caregiver and child. That said, the part that is even more exhausting than the sitting, the repeating, the focus, and the heat, is hearing the responses to our survey questions.

The responses weigh heavy on my mind and my heart. At the end of each day, I try to let them go, but they are there, hovering over me, while I do mundane tasks back at our UNHCR compound, and when I’m lying in bed trying to go to sleep (I’m writing this blog in the dark, lying in bed, not sleeping). We, iACT, are concerned about whether the young children ages three to five in refugee camps Kounoungou and Mile are learning and developing. Thus, through our surveys, we’re measuring their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. But our survey is also telling us about the small amount of foo