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Causes: Education, International, International Development, International Human Rights, Preschools, Soccer, Sports

Mission:

iACT seeks to aid, empower, and provide hope to those affected by mass atrocities. We encourage individuals within communities, institutions, and governments to take personal responsibility to act on behalf of those affected by genocide, mass atrocities, and crimes against humanity.

 

iACT is a global team dedicated to putting a face on the numbers of dead, dying, and displaced while creating mutually enriching relationships between those in danger and those willing and able to act, fostering a new culture of participation. 

Target demographics: Refugees and those affected by mass atrocities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 7,000 children in Refugees United Soccer Academies, over 2,000 children ages 3-5 in Little Ripples preschools, and 165 refugee men and women employed.

Geographic areas served: Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Tanzania, Sweden, United States

Programs: Sports, education and human rights programs. The Refugees United Soccer Academy is a place for refugee girls and boys ages 6 to 13 to learn about teamwork, leadership, and peacebuilding, all while improving soccer skills. 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. LEAD with EMPATHY is a peer-taught leadership development curriculum designed to strengthen the capacity and confidence of refugee men and women.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this organization and everything they stand for!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that iACT does to help refugees touches my heart. As an early childhood educator, I know that the education of preschool age students is vital. This is such a critical, formative time in a child's life. iACT's Little Ripples early childhood education programs are filling a need in refugee camps in Chad and other countries, where such services have been non-existent. Children not only learn academics in a play-based, developmentally appropriate environment, but they also participate in mindfulness exercises, which can help them cope with their often challenging circumstances. Right now, iACT is working to fill a need left by food gaps. Refugee families have a very small ration on which to get their food each month. iACT is conducting a campaign now , #iACT4Meals, which aims to raise funds to fill the dangerous gap in food supplies for refugees.
iACT's programs also have at their core, the mission for their programs to be refugee-led. This may be where they differ from other programs, and why they are so successful. Refugee women become teachers and help prepare the food in the Little Ripples Ponds, and receive a salary for this.
In addition to working with very young children, iACT also runs sports programs, where refugee men, women, boys and girls all can learn about team work and leadership through playing soccer. Refugees United is an amazing team of athletes, and iACT is now ramping up programs to include even more women and girls in the programs. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that I know how dedicated and hard the small staff of iACT works, and their work is making a positive difference in the lives of so many refugees. That is why I act, and volunteer with iACT!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with iACT since 2011 which started with me, as a mother, trying to help my own daughters learn how to help others in need and learn to be compassionate. We found iACT to help us with my daughters soccer gear donations for the refugee children. Since then, with the "iACT way" which includes vision, action, empathy, fearless, forward and research-based-thinking, the impact that iACT has had on the local, national and most of all, the international communities is monumental and tangible. I am so grateful to be involved with everyone at iACT who pride themselves on creating, developing and achieving sustainable and reproducible programs to help people in need around the world (many of those people, male and female, that are forgotten by the international communities). This environment has fueled inventiveness and inspiration for everyone that is impacted by, volunteers and works for, and supports iACT.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I worked for two years in Sudan with the international community as it struggled to come to terms with the growing humanitarian crises on four different fronts from 2008 to 2010. We worked with a number of organizations and some of them had really high overhead and salaries in exchange for questionable results. When I learned about iACT I was thrilled to hear that a small start-up can, by design, maximize program results and efficiency while keeping costs low. I was honored when they asked me to join the iACT Board and assist with expanding their methods to more countries in Africa.

Donor

Rating: 5

For over three years, I have proudly donated to iACT to support their mission of empowering and extending hope to individuals who have been affected by mass atrocities. Their innovative and compassionate approach to humanitarian action continually proves to be extremely effective because they listen to the needs and wants of the individuals in the camps. iACT works tirelessly and selflessly alongside refugees to meet both immediate long-term term needs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated and volunteered with iACT since 2005. As a donor you can be assured that the majority of money you give goes directly to the refugees. iACT has created programs (and continues to create programs) with the input and advise of the refugees. iACT's sports and education programs empowers the refugees and provides meaningful experiences for the children in the camps. To fund these programs they actively write grants, celebrate each year's success with their One Strong Kick annual fundraiser (this year is the 10th anniversary) as well as Day of the Girl events and iACT Gatherings. Another appeal aspect of iACT is activism, thanks to Camp Darfur, the Carl Wilkins Fellowship and numerous speaking engagements iACT has trained and inspired countless students and adults to take action and pursue careers in the human rights arena and beyond.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! iACT's work in partnership with refugees not only empowers communities, but it fosters hope and inspiration for those affected by mass-atrocities. As a volunteer, I have been able to see the dedication and heart of the organization from all those who are involved in iACT's work.

1 Mark H.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible Organization. I have had the great pleasure to witness first hand the impactful and relentless work carried put by this Organization in so many projects. Their commitment to ongoing support through sustainable and life changing opportunities has made one of most noticeable impacts on the people they serve.

I-Act's understanding that everyone deserves a voice has formed an unmovable platform for their many projects, targeting support and commitment to those people who don't have the voice they deserve.

Pauline R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization of such effectiveness, reach and substance, especially in a world full of a large number of well-meaning NGOs, is very rare, and I am proud to have had the privilege of volunteering with them in various ways. I have seen how constructively and carefully iACT approaches devising programs and strategies, always keeping in mind the importance of empathy, being a genuine listener and ensuring long-term and empowering support that is catered to the needs of individuals. It is also heartwarming to see the friendships formed over the years between iACT team members and people in the camps.

Here's an NGO that has a genuine interest in making lives better by involving people they're trying to help as actively as possible. If you want to know your money is going towards causes with real impact, be sure to donate for iACT or make time available to volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating and volunteering for iACT because I can truly say that I have never seen an organization that walks the walk as they do. iACT accompanies the refugees in their struggles. They sit with them and share their open hearts and minds. They listen to their stories, and TOGETHER they have created amazing programs. The shining light in all this is that the refugees asked for these programs and they are trained to run and be a part of them. iACT understands that they already have the energy and brilliant minds and that they only need the tools to help them get going. I donate to this organization because I know that every penny is very carefully thought-out on how it will be used to benefit populations who are hungry for education and for bettering the lives of their children. I love this organization. iACT inspires me.

3 Hannah Hakodesh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Throughout the years i-ACT has inspired me to become aware and educated about the plight of Refugees in Africa, specifically in the area of Sudan/Darfur where i-ACT has various programs in place to support, educate, inspire, uplift refugees living in the camps. They bring back their stories to help educate students and adults alike to continue their important missions. I recommend their non profit for volunteering, teaching students on the subject of genocide awareness, IDPs, what it means to be a Refugee and ways to get involved to make a difference directly.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I feel great about supporting iACT! Because of iACT, young children in refugee camps in central Africa have a wonderful preschool experience, through the Little Ripples program. The play-based curriculum provides a way for children to learn about peace-making and mindfulness. Because of iACT, refugee woman become trained as teachers, and can provide culturally appropriate curriculum. Besides Little Ripples, iACT facilitates many soccer academies in refugee camps, through the Refugees United program. This program helps refugees learn athletic skills and helps develop leadership skills. These two programs truly make a difference in the lives of so many refugees. I've met many of the iACT staff, and they are selfless, outstanding individuals who are the "real deal."

4 Teresa105

Donor

Rating: 5

When donating to nonprofits we always want to see the results of our donations. It is amazing to see what iACT has accomplished by implementing educational and sports programs that enrich the lives of those most in need. I am committed to this nonprofit so they can continue their humanitarian work and continue to spread the word so that others can also contribute and make a difference.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Gabriel Stauring and iACT is inspiring a whole generation of young people to be a voice for the children of Sudan. This is our story.

In March 2015, Dominic saw me watching the movie "The Good Lie" on the plane, and he asked if he could watch it with me. We watched parts of the movie together. We had many discussions about the situation in Sudan.

I told him about Little Ripples Preschool project and iACT, and he decided that he wanted to write a letter to President Obama to ask him how he can help stop the war in Sudan. In his words: "Mommy, it's good to build a preschool for the children in the refugee camps but we need to do more. We need to stop the war in Sudan." He wrote the letter and checked the mail every day for months.

A few weeks later, we were walking down Kalakaua Avenue one evening when he saw a young man playing his cello and collecting money. That's when he got the idea to play his violin and collect money for the children in Sudan.

The first time he played for 90 minutes on Waikiki Beach front (outside the Starbucks on Kalakaua Ave), and he raised $78.70. In the Spring of 2015, he played on the streets of Honolulu and California (he was asked to move from Pier 39 because he didn't have a license!). For our Easter Chapel offering at 'Iolani School, Dominic was able to make an offering of $732 for Little Ripples.

This is how we change the world - one heart at a time. iACT is giving refugee children a chance at life. iACT also gave my child a chance to be a part of their work to change lives. Let's raise a whole generation of children who use their power for good in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is committed to empowering refugees through education and sports. Their efforts have changed the lives for the better of many families that endure the almost unbearable consequences of genocide and refugee life.