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Displacement and Belonging

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Joy. Complete joy. Mixed in there is also a little awe. I feel like I need to pinch myself to make sure I’m not still dreaming from last night. We did it. They did it!

There are now 17 Little Ripples teachers in camp Katsikas and Ioannina, Greece. They are from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Syria, Kurdistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They speak five languages and today they committed to creating peace in their community. They raised their hands and looked into each other’s eyes and smiled with each commitment:

“I commit to creating a safe and fun environment, knowing that learning will happen.” “I commit to nonviolence – physical and emotional – each and every day at Little Ripples.” “I commit to serving children ages 3-6.” “I commit to meeting weekly with this group to learn and grow.” “I commit to respecting each other, modeling positive relationships with one another for our children and our community.”

We all raised our hands. We all committed. On Monday afternoon at 3:30pm, Little Ripples Katiskas and Little Ripples Ioannina will open their doors to children. These programs are entirely community-led. They made every decision from which day to run the program to what hours and to who will be on the teaching team each day. The teams are diverse, and yet they have committed to working together.

Little Ripples Katiskas. Photo: iACT