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Review for iACT, Redondo Beach, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Role:  Volunteer