Updated Jul 13, 2020

iACT's Little Ripples

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Gabriel Stauring

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A refugee- and community-led early childhood development program for children affected by conflict and humanitarian crises.

Little Ripples demonstrates a new model of humanitarian action that empowers rather than disenfranchises. Refugee men and women, with any level of education and experience, are trained and employed to adapt, implement, and scale the Little Ripples program in their community. The curriculum was co-created with refugee communities and developed in collaboration with experts in early childhood dev...
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Little Ripples demonstrates a new model of humanitarian action that empowers rather than disenfranchises. Refugee men and women, with any level of education and experience, are trained and employed to adapt, implement, and scale the Little Ripples program in their community. The curriculum was co-created with refugee communities and developed in collaboration with experts in early childhood development, trauma recovery, pre-primary education, and mindfulness; ensuring that the program includes best-practices for refugee children and those who have experienced trauma and hardship. Programs encourage social, emotional care for staff. While the curriculum focuses on teaching literacy and numeracy, it is grounded in play-based education, trauma-recovery approaches, restorative practices, and incorporates social-emotional learning, empathy development, positive behavior management, peacebuilding, and mindfulness. The temporary closure of Little Ripples has not stopped refugee staff from showing their dedication to empowering their communities. This means circulating iACT’s accessible and culturally relevant documents regarding COVID-19. Community leaders are helping decrease the spread of misinformation, giving and answering survey questions to help staff understand how the situation is unfolding (NGO’s response, food and hygiene material accessibility, asking how they are feeling and what support they need, etc.), and listening to and guiding their community during this time.
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Stage 5: Scaling

Little Ripples has grown from reaching Darfuri refugees across four camps in Chad to also supporting Burundian refugees in Tanzania as well as Central African refugees in Cameroon. iACT seeks to expand Little Ripples to Greece, Uganda, and CAR.
Registered in United Statesin United States

Focus Areas:

Refugees, Emotional Development, Child Protection and 5 MoreSEE ALL

Refugees, Emotional Development, Child Protection, Pre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education, Leadership Development, Peace and Resilience, Agency and GenderSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Chad, Tanzania and Cameroon

Chad, Tanzania and CameroonSEE LESS

10,230
Lives Impacted to Date
3
Key Partners
3
Countries Implemented In
3
Employees
Verified Funding
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Problem

Globally, over 11 million children have been forced to flee their homes. The disruption of family and community structure, as well as the acute shortage of resources, profoundly affects the physical and psychological well-being of all refugees; but especially of young children. Ninety percent of brain development occurs before the age of five; these years are the foundation from which children grow and their future will be determined by their experience in displacement.

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Solution

Little Ripples is an early childhood development program that empowers refugees and communities affected by humanitarian crises to implement child-centered, gender-inclusive, quality, and comprehensive early childhood edcuation that supports the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children ages 3 to 5. While focusing on decreasing harm and risk, the program focuses on physical, mental, behavioral, and emotional growth.

Target Beneficiaries

Refugees and communities affected by humanitarian crises living in displacement: children ages 3 to 5, parents and caregivers, and men and women trained and employed to adapt and lead the Little Ripples program in their community. Special attention to gender is given in all trainings and programs. With the rise of COVID-19 and the Little Ripples program currently on hold, iACT leaders are ready to prepare and continue to empower their communities during this time.

Mission and Vision

Little Ripples is designed to build long-term capacity and address the unique needs of children and communities affected by trauma, violence, and displacement. Little Ripples seeks to develop a strong foundation of learning, interpersonal skills, empathy, and peace for refugee children and teachers to recover from severe trauma, grow into happy, healthy, and contributing members of society and reach their full potential amidst the uncertainty of their present and future.

Competitive Advantage

Little Ripples fills a gap in early childhood care and education solutions for children living in displacement. No other organizations or programs focus on how to build the capacity of refugee communities to adapt, implement, lead, and scale early childhood education in their community. The refugee community takes over the tasks associated with implementation, monitoring, and scaling. This model allows for the program to be adapted by each community and creates the space for quality, culturally-inspired early childhood development. By ensuring refugee ownership, voice, and agency from the beginning, sustainability is built into this model from the outset. A refugee-led model continues to be imperative during the spread of COVID-19 This crisis is an opportunity to utilize the leadership, knowledge, and strengths that refugees possess. The response to the crises should be co-created with the refugee communities if it is to be effective and respectful. They should lead in the response.

Planned Goals and Milestones

iACT continues to create culturally relevant and accessible documents that leaders can circulate in their communities containing information about COVID-19 symptoms, precautions, myths, hand-washing, and mindfulness exercises; along with guidelines for community leaders and parents/caregivers. They have been translated into 10 languages. iACT’s COVID-19 response also includes supporting our refugee friends with supplemental funding for enhanced health and hygiene practices and materials.
Funding Goal20,000
New Implemented CountriesGreece, Chad, Cameroon, Tanzania

The Team Behind the Innovation

iACT is a team of 6 staff members and 80 volunteer Technical Advisors in the U.S. with expertise in advocacy, community organizing, ECD, trauma recovery, mindfulness, education in emergencies, and humanitarian assistance, and 172 refugee men and women employed in eastern Chad and Cameroon. Since forming in 2009, iACT has strategically kept a lean U.S. based staff to encourage ownership and built local, community capacity; all iACT programs in refugee camps are lead by employed refugees.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Apr 2020
Funds RaisedPENDING
TITLECOVID-19 Response: This includes funding for soap, water buckets, and the dissemination of life-saving information (printing, phone credit, etc.). 100% of donations go towards the COVID-19 refugee response.
 
as part of
 Donations
Mar 2020
New Product Or Service
COVID-19 Facts and Precautions Documents
Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
May 2013
Created
Date Unknown

Supporting Materials

Little-Ripples-Curriculum-2019.pdf
Little-Ripples-facts-03-22-19.pdf