California Teens for Darfuri Education

Supporting early childhood development for refugees

In 2016, a small group of California teens, spearheaded by Eve Lemelson 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. 


To support the existing Pond and a daily meal program that essential to growing and learning, we are looking for 45 people to give a monthly tax deductible donation of $20. 

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 3-5. 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.

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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