Sara-Christine Dallain (MPH 2013, CHS)
Sara-Christine Dallain is a Project Coordinator for i-ACT, a Los Angeles based nonproﬁt organization that implements a range of education, sports, and communication technology projects directly serving and empowering the Darfuri refugee population in eastern Chad. Her work consists of collaborating with refugee leaders to develop, implement and evaluate i-ACT projects in the camps, as well as carrying-out program development and community organizing activities in the U.S. The main goal of i-ACT is to foster resiliency among refugee populations that have experienced severe trauma and loss.
This photo was taken in November 2013 in refugee camp Goz Amer. Sara-Christine and hercolleague were conducting a training with Little Ripples teachers on techniques for play based learning and creating a peaceful and safe school environment.
Little Ripples is a preschool program targeting children 3 -5, tailored to a refugee population exposed to severe trauma. The program plants a seed of education and peace for children, while building the capacity of refugee women. Little Ripples is led entirely by women from the community who are trained and hired to serve as the teachers and leaders of the school. The Little Ripples curriculum focuses on the foundations of play based learning, peace-building and trauma recovery, and encompasses Darfuri culture and values. Teachers receive ongoing training, contribute to the development of the program and curriculum and regularly report on the status of the school and health of children.
Additionally, i-ACT is using soccer as a vehicle to promote leadership, education, health, and life skills in the refugee camps. Through the Darfur United Soccer Academy, refugee men and women are hired and trained to provide children ages 6 – 13 a safe place to play, to heal and to learn. The Academy also serves to challenge gender norms and give equal opportunity to women and girls in the camps. Women are trained and hired to serve as coaches and leaders of the program, and for the ﬁrst time, girls are given the opportunity to play organized soccer with their peers.
For more information about i-ACT go to http://www.iactivism.org/