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i-ACT21 Day 0: Getting to Chad

i-ACT Begins 21st Trip to Darfuri Camps

By Gabriel Stauring

It is now 20 more trips than I thought I’d be making to Darfuri refugee camps. 10 years ago, on what we called i-ACT (short for “interactive-activism”), we headed to the Chad-Sudan border with cameras, a computer, and a satellite modem. Our mission was to deliver 21 consecutive same-day webcasts, posting blogs, pictures, and video from one of the most remote places on earth—hoping to put a face on the numbers of dead and displaced from Darfur.

10 years later, we are now on i-ACT21, and we are again determined to put a face on the forgotten crisis in Darfur. Join us on this journey.

More than half a million people have been displaced in Darfur over the last year alone. For those that have made it to the refugee camps we visit, conditions are getting more and more difficult. They are experiencing severe food rations cuts, going from 2,100 calories per person, per day to 800 or less. We will be talking with refugees and humanitarian workers about their hopes during these desperate times.

On this trip, our team will go back to camp Goz Amer, where we will be working on the scaling up of the Little Ripples preschool program, and we will then head to camp Djabal, where we will do additional trainings for the Darfur United Soccer Academy coaches.

Please let us know if you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions as we visit our friends in the camps. Thank you!

Peace, Gabriel

 

We’re Here!!!

By Felicia Lee