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Thirteen Years

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Thirteen years. Thirteen years. Thirteen years was very difficult for me grasp today as we walked refugee camp Djabal. Thirteen years is the amount of time Darfuris have been living in refugee camps in eastern Chad. Over thirteen years the trees all over camp Djabal have grown very tall and full, yet everything else has remained the same, if not worse. The schools. The homes. The lack of opportunity. No realistic solutions for self-reliance. Thirteen years, the trees are thriving and the refugees are not.

But whether I can grasp it or not, we keep walking, listening, and talking solutions. We walked the camp to visit homes and begin planning what Little Ripples will look like for this community in early 2017. We sat with old friends and new friends in the shade of the big, beautiful trees to hear about their life and the condition of education.

A new friend we had the honor of listening to was Acha. Acha is the Director of Ali Dinar primary school. Acha is kind, and smart, and is one of the few women in a leadership position in the camp. She was incredibly informative as we begin the process to plant the seeds for Little Ripples and a