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Arriving to Smiles in the Central African Republic

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ custom_padding_last_edited=”on|desktop” admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.22″ custom_padding=”20px|||” custom_padding_tablet=”50px|0|50px|0″ custom_padding_phone=”” transparent_background=”off” padding_mobile=”off” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”off” width_unit=”on”][et_pb_row padding_mobile=”off” column_padding_mobile=”on” admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” max_width=”750px” make_fullwidth=”off” use_custom_width=”on” width_unit=”on” custom_width_px=”750px”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_image src=”” align=”center” align_tablet=”center” align_phone=”” align_last_edited=”on|desktop” _builder_version=”3.23″ custom_margin=”||30px|” animation=”off” sticky=”off” border_style=”solid” always_center_on_mobile=”on” saved_tabs=”all”][/et_pb_image][et_pb_post_title categories=”off” comments=”off” featured_image=”off” _builder_version=”3.0.87″ title_font=”|on|||” title_text_color=”#000000″ title_font_size=”30px” title_line_height=”1.8em” title_all_caps=”off” meta_font=”|on||on|” meta_text_color=”#000000″ meta_font_size=”18″ meta_letter_spacing=”2px” meta_line_height=”1.6em” background_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)” parallax=”on” parallax_method=”off” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” parallax_effect=”on” module_bg_color=”rgba(255,255,255,0)”][/et_pb_post_title][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ text_font_size=”21″ text_line_height=”1.8em” border_style=”solid”]There have been smiles at every step upon our arrival in the Central African Republic. The airport is small and still rebuilding from war, but the security and customs staff is warm and welcoming. I expected tension and unease in this capital city, Bangui. The country is in crisis, with reports of chaos and violence in many places outside of the capital. I am grateful for iACT to have the opportunity to work next to parents and teachers in starting little ripples of peace in this strikingly beautiful country.

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.