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Tools of Empathy at the World Innovation Summit on Education

Tools of Empathy at the World Innovation Summit on Education

Last week, Gabriel and I headed to Doha, Qatar, for the World Innovation Summit on Education, otherwise known simply as WISE (check out #WISE2017 on social media). You may remember that last year, Little Ripples won the 2016 WISE Award. It is not only innovative to...

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Fall 2017 iACT Impact Report

Fall 2017 iACT Impact Report

You wanted to see your impact so we're proud to present our Fall 2017 Impact Report. This report delivers a detailed look at how our programs have performed over the past year and a look ahead to 2018. iACT uses this information to make sure we're creating the most...

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Announcing iACT’s Newest Team Members!

Announcing iACT’s Newest Team Members!

Abdullah. Nouha. Idriss. Fatna. Photo: Gabriel Stuaring/iACT I'd like to introduce the newest coaches of the Refugees United Soccer Academy! These four women and men hail from Darfuri camp Iridimi, and will be training boys and girls there in soccer skills,...

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Solidarity on the Field

Solidarity on the Field

When I woke up about an hour before my alarm went off today, I can’t say I was particularly surprised. It happens every time I am more excited than usual for my soccer games, a special practice, or in this case, my first time helping to train and select new coaches...

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What should never be the norm

What should never be the norm

While we were observing the Academy candidates train, this little girl wandered over to us. You’ll see her try and touch Gabriel’s beard and inspect our soccer equipment. As she was doing this, we realized that she had some sort of intellectual or developmental...

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Souliman = Leader

Souliman = Leader

I first met Souli in 2012, when he tried out for the first Darfur United team that was to travel to Iraqi Kurdistan to compete in a soccer World Cup for groups of people not recognized by FIFA. From the first day, it was clear that he was a leader. Souli took...

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First Impressions

First Impressions

Wow, what a fun first day at Iridimi camp! This was my first time visiting this eastern Chad Darfuri refugee camp, and so far, I'm loving my experience. Everyone we've interacted with has been super friendly, the camp feels pretty spacious and clean, and it looks like...

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Coaches and Teachers

Coaches and Teachers

A week ago, I never would have believed that watermelons grew in eastern Chad. I saw the plants’ vines tangled in the sand as we drove from Guererda to Iridimi today. The fruit is sold everywhere—from the markets in the villages to the little restaurants in the...

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On the Road, Shaking and Thinking

On the Road, Shaking and Thinking

The car ride from Guereda to Iriba shook me to the bones, especially the ones on my back. It was a bumpy two-hour drive through sandy and rocky terrain. Long drives used to be the norm back when I started coming in 2005. Now we jump on the small humanitarian flights...

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