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From Big Oceans to Many Little Ponds for Our Ripples


When we began planning for the pilot program for Little Ripples, we also began brainstorming about how to scale up. From serving approximately 400 children in the first LR school, we knew we needed to be able to serve about 7,500 children ages 3-5 in two refugee camps—and from there exploring how to take the model to other camps in the area and even other countries.

Building the first “ocean” of a school for the pilot program involved many challenges, but scaling up using that model of construction—the new, big, shiny school—presents even bigger obstacles. We knew that cost would be a huge impediment, but now conditions in the camps make it close to impossible to continue with that model, even if we did have the funding in hand (which we don’t).