Little Ripples: Culturally Inspired Pre-School

About the Project

Little Ripples (LR) provides a cost-effective and replicable early childhood development program that empowers refugee women to implement culturally inspired, play-based education in order to support the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of refugee children. Little Ripples operates in refugee camp Goz Amer, eastern Chad, one of twelve refugee camps hosting over 360,000 refugees from Darfur, Sudan.
The program is based upon utilizing the structures and human resources at hand, thereby eliminating the need for costly construction and instead focusing on providing refugees with substantial access to expertise, resources, curriculum, and training. The LR skeleton curriculum is introduced to teachers during a comprehensive, participatory training. Upon completion of training, teachers adapt and implement the curriculum with activities, songs, and stories reflecting their culture, context, experiences, and the needs of the children. The LR model has been recognized as an outstanding, cost-effective community-based solution by UNHCR, JRS, OpenIDEO, and UK Aid. iACT has been asked by organizations to expand LR in eastern Chad, and into South Sudan, Jordan, and Cameroon.


April 24, 2019 (last update 09-19-2019)