November 12-December 2, 2012
Members of the Darfur Dream Team, from the Enough Project and i-ACT, visited Djabal and Goz Amer refugee camps from November 10-December 2, 2012. We met with students, teachers, parents, and UNHCR and JRS field staff to assess the impact that DDT is having on education in the camps. Additionally, we gathered stories and took photos and footage of how DDT funds have been implemented in Goz Amer refugee camps. We also discussed our future plans for providing continued support in both Djabal and Goz Amer. Finally, we trained more students in Djabal and Goz Amer to use the CommKit to exchange photos and messages with their American friends. Visit the Fall 2012 Trip page to learn about opportunities students had to connect with their Darfuri peers.
November 22-December 3, 2011
Members of the Darfur Dream Team, from the Enough Project and i-ACT, visited Djabal and Goz Amer refugee camps from November 22-December 3, 2011. We met with students, parents, teachers, and UNHCR field staff, focusing on how DDT funds have been implemented in Djabal and will be implemented in Goz Amer. We delivered letters from dozens of U.S. schools and students to their Darfuri peers. On this trip, we also ugraded and replaced some of the CommKit equipment, installed new charging systems, and focused on further training the refugee students and teachers on how to engage and build community using the CommKit/Pazocalo social network. Visit the Fall 2011 Trip page to learn about opportunities students had to connect with their Darfuri peers.
March 21-31, 2011
Members of the Darfur Dream Team, from the Enough Project and i-ACT, visited Djabal and Goz Amer refugee camps from March 21-31, 2011. Throughout the trip, we offered exciting opportunities for American students and teachers to connect with their Darfuri peers. We also met with community leaders, students and teachers and UNHCR field staff to assess the work completed with Sister Schools funds, as well as current needs and future plans. Visit the March 2011 Trip page to learn about opportunities students had to connect with their Darfuri peers.
December 4-21, 2010
i-ACT spent two weeks in Chad visiting the sister schools in the Djabal and Goz Amer refugee camps. They met with teachers and students, and documented the impact of the funds you have been raising for the Darfuri refugee schools. The i-ACT team posted daily field reports, and captured many photos and videos of the camps, schools, and kids. The optimism expressed in the photos and videos show what an amazing impact your dedication has had in directly improving the quality of education in the camps.
They posted daily videos, photos and blogs with detailed reports of the trip and updates from the schools. Watch and read below.
Former Sister Schools Program Manager Stella Kenyi traveled to the refugee camps in eastern Chad from May 23-30, 2010. While there, she visited Djabal and Goz Amer refugee camps and spoke with refugee students, teachers and parents, as well as with UNHCR and its implementing partners in the field. Both UNHCR and the refugees discussed the major challenges to education in the camps, including the need for more classrooms, teacher training, school supplies, benches and desks, uniforms and expansion to nursery school and high school educations.
From March 23-April 1, 2009, i-ACT took their first trip to the refugee camps as a part of the Darfur Dream Team, but it was their seventh trip since 2005. While in Djabal refugee camp, i-ACT gathered videos and photos of the students, teachers and schools, as well as general living conditions in the camp. They also interviewed students and teachers to make profiles for the Sister Schools Program. Additionally, in this trip, i-ACT introduced the students to the CommKit technology they will later use to connect with American students supporting their schools.