"Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me."
— Fred Rogers, television personality
is a program of the Jesuit Refugee Service serving the youngest Darfuri refugee children in Chad and their families. It 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.
Guided by international experts in education, early childhood development, leadership, mindfulness, trauma recovery, and mental health, the Little Ripples curriculum provides a state-of-the-art foundation for daily activities and is adapted and culturally-inspired by the refugee women teachers.
Little Ripples maximizes the resources at hand in refugee communities by partnering with families to host in-home centers called Little Ripples Ponds. A daily meal, essential to the development and learning of children, is locally sourced, prepared, and served by the host mother and one other neighboring woman.
Jesuit Refugee Service
The mission of Jesuit Refugee Service is to accompany, serve and advocate for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. JRS works in 47 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, and social needs of more than 750,000 refugees.
JRS has worked in Chad since 2008, providing education in all twelve refugee camps hosting Sudanese refugees from Darfur, with a total population of over 300,000. Our projects span all education levels, including preschool, primary, secondary, and tertiary education, in addition to child protection and teacher training.