California Teens for Darfuri Education

Supporting early childhood development for refugees

In 2016, a small group of California teens spearheaded by Eve Levenson of Brentwood School in Los Angeles, CA, took on the challenge of providing early childhood education for Darfuri refugees in eastern Chad, a community who was forced to leave their home in Darfur, Sudan, because of genocide that began in 2003. 

From Eve: "I learned about Little Ripples through my work with Jewish World Watch and Brentwood School's relationship with iACT through our 10th grade refugee research project. This inspired me to take on a summer project of raising the funds to start a new Little Ripples Pond. I have decided to continue this project to raise funds to continue the preschool and have expanded it to include other California teens as a way to foster activism and a passion for social action. I hope that you share my desire to help children have the opportunity to grow emotionally and intellectually, and to invest in the future of Darfur!"

To support the existing Pond and a daily meal program that's essential to growing and learning, we are looking for 45 people to give a monthly tax-deductible donation of $20. The meal program for an entire year is $4,125, including two salaries for local women!

Little Ripples is a refugee-led, culturally-relevant, and cost-effective early childhood development program that builds the capacity of refugee women and improves the early development of refugee children ages three to five. iACT works directly with refugee beneficiaries to establish, adapt, and implement Little Ripples—laying the foundation for a lifetime of well-being, learning, health, and peace for children affected by displacement and violence.

Eve's Pond:

Little Ripples Pond in refugee camp Djabal supported by California Teens for Darfuri Education

Eighty-five percent of brain development occurs before the age of five; therefore, lack of proper development at this age can put children at risk of irreversible damages. A space with a trained teacher can provide for a child’s basic needs such as cognitive stimulation, affection, and socialization,  contributing to healthy brain development. In eastern Chad, where approximately 37,768 refugees are under five years of age, no comprehensive early development program or teacher training exists for this vulnerable age group.

Join Eve, California Teens for Darfuri Education, and iACT in improving the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development of refugee children in eastern Chad. Your support will help us sustain early childhood education and create a lasting impact on an all-too-forgotten community.

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