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Our Unintended Impact

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The model and approach of our early childhood education program, Little Ripples, is based on partnering with and empowering refugees to be the managers and implementers of the program. In our experience in eastern Chad, this focus on relationship and capacity building is unique. The process of developing Little Ripples with refugees is as important as its daily implementation and impact on the children. We focus on supporting refugees’ leadership development in all that we do, and we’ve recently learned that the men and women we work with have demonstrated leadership and impact beyond what we had imagined. Here’s how:

Zainab Empowers Other Women

Zainab has been a Little Ripples teacher in camp Goz Amer for four years and is currently teaching at a Pond. In March, we sat and spoke with Zainab about her experience at Little Ripples, her life as a woman in the camps, and her thoughts on the iACT LEAD with EMPATHY leadership development curriculum.