The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals “are a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.”
iACT’s programs may not have been borne out of an intentional response to any of the “UN SDGs,” as they’re also referred to, but they certainly address a good handful of them, namely: zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, and decent work and economic growth.
Our early childhood development program, Little Ripples, provides quality education for refugee girls and boys ages three to five. The curriculum was co-created by education experts and the refugee beneficiary community, with the goal of offering a preschool education that could be considered high quality in any of the world’s contexts. The program encourages decent work and female employment, especially in places where female empowerment is uncommon; therefore, not only do the women on the Little Ripples staff go through our human rights and leadership curriculum, LEAD with EMPATHY, and learn how women have the same universal human rights as men, 100% of the Little Ripples refugee staff is made up of women. This staff includes cooks for the Little Ripples meal program, which feeds all Little Ripples students and employees a daily meal, as iACT believes that minimizing hunger is necessary for achieving good health and well-being, and that when a child feels zero hunger, she has a higher chance of flourishing in school.
Little Ripples is not the only iACT project that fosters the empowerment of women and girls. Refugees United Soccer Academy is iACT’s youth sports program, and one of its many focuses is gender equality