When InsightLA Founding Teacher, Trudy Goodman, traveled with the iACT team in 2017 to visit a Little Ripples Pond in Darfuri refugee camp Goz Amer in Chad, a beautiful partnership began to bloom. With the help of InsightLA, Trudy Goodman, and her husband Jack Kornfield, iACT has deepened its understanding of, engagement with, and practice of mindfulness within the Little Ripples program as well as all other iACT programs operating around the world.

“My name is Tahani. It was given to me by the refugees in Camp Goz Amer after much laughter at trying to pronounce Trudy. It means “congratulations.” They told me it’s a nice name. I like it.” 

-Trudy Goodman

When InsightLA Founding Teacher, Trudy Goodman, traveled with the iACT team in 2017 to visit a Little Ripples Pond in Darfuri refugee camp Goz Amer in Chad, a beautiful partnership began to bloom. With the help of InsightLA, Trudy Goodman, and her husband Jack Kornfield, iACT has deepened its understanding of, engagement with, and practice of mindfulness within the Little Ripples program as well as all other iACT programs operating around the world.

“My name is Tahani. It was given to me by the refugees in Camp Goz Amer after much laughter at trying to pronounce Trudy. It means “congratulations.” They told me it’s a nice name. I like it.” 

-Trudy Goodman

2021 Refugee-led Expansion of Little Ripples:

In honor of their commitment to the refugees living in camp Goz Amer, Trudy and Jack have inspired their community to support the refugee-led expansion of two additional Little Ripples Ponds. 

The funding for this refugee-led expansion will support the development of more than 90 young boys and girls, supply them with a daily nutritious meal throughout the school year, and provide yearly salaries for four teachers and two cooks.

28,620

MEALS SERVED

90

KIDS ENROLLED IN PRESCHOOL

12

WOMEN EMPLOYED

“What refugees need as much as food and water is hope for themselves and their children. Mindfulness and loving awareness cultivate hope and inner wellbeing, show a way to survive and thrive, help make their spirits strong amidst it all.”

-Jack Kornfield

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Little Ripples is a community- and refugee-led play-based early childhood education program that supports social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development for children ages 3 to 5. The program was born out of a need the community identified for a safe space for young children to learn, heal and grow. The first pond was launched in Goz Amer camp in 2013, one of the twelve refugee camps hosting Darfuri refugees who have fled violence in Darfur, Sudan. Little Ripples remains to be the only play-based early childhood education program in Darfuri refugee camps in the eastern region of Chad. Rooted in empathy, the Little Ripples program and teacher training offer healing-centered, mindfulness tools and invest in community leadership and peacebuilding.

Learn more about iACT’s Little Ripples program here

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Trudy Visits a Little Ripples Pond

Trudy Visits a Little Ripples Pond

Trudy Goodman, Founding Teacher at InsightLa is with the iACT team in refugee camp Goz Amer. For the next week, Trudy and Joslyn will lead Little Ripples teachers and Refugees United Soccer Academy coaches through a mindfulness training to help deepen their practice. Today, Trudy visits a Little Ripples Pond!