Little Ripples

Refugee-led early childhood education

Little Ripples is an innovative, early childhood education program that trains and employs refugee women to support the social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children ages 3 to 5 through play-based learning.

Guided by international experts in education, early childhood development, leadership, mindfulness, trauma recovery, and mental health, the Little Ripples curriculum provides a state-of-the-art foundation for daily activities and is adapted and culturally-inspired by the refugee women teachers.

Little Ripples maximizes the resources at hand in refugee communities by partnering with families to host in-home centers called Little Ripples Ponds. Ponds have two teachers and serve up to 45 children each. Education Directors–refugee women nominated by their teacher peers–provide support to up to four Ponds, and lead the teachers in weekly meetings. The daily meal, essential to the development and learning of children, is locally sourced, prepared, and served by the host mother and one other neighboring woman.

In refugee camps, women and girls make up more than 50% of the population, yet men hold the majority of formal employment positions. Further, women do not have equal participation in decision-making. Through Little Ripples, women are employed, attend three-to-four iACT Teacher Trainings a year, and receive weekly leadership and human rights training, facilitated by the Little Ripples Education Directors, to increase their confidence and capacity.




students are impacted by Little Ripples


teachers employed at Little Ripples schools


of brain development occurs before the age of 6.


daily meals are served at Little Ripples in a year


Support Little Ripples CAR

Support our newly trained teachers in the Central African Republic!

Buy Supplies for Little Ripples CAR

We did not fully reach our fundraising goal to cover all expenses related to our CAR trip, but you now have the opportunity to support the teachers by sponsoring the essential materials they need to educate their children.



Amm Goulash is 22 years old, and a Little Ripples Pond host and cook. She lives with her husband and their two-year-old son. Her husband is a farmer, often working in the fields hours away from refugee camp Goz Amer.



Join iACT in honoring Girls around the world

Today, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, is International Day of the Girl. I’d like you to meet one of our Little Ripples students, Suraya. Suraya loves her teachers at Little Ripples and enjoys coming to school to learn about letters and counting. Each day, she looks...

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Promising Practices in Refugee Education

Our team has just returned from a long week in New York City where world leaders came together for the United Nations General Assembly. The week is often described as one of the most frenetic and wide-ranging weeks on the global development calendar. Most...

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Who’s Hungry??

Doesn't this food look mouth-watering? This was one of the meals served at a Little Ripples Pond in camp Djabal, eastern Chad. The two women in green are the cooks at this particular Pond, and they are truly skilled at making sure all these kids are well fed at...

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