Monday, December 15, 2014

Coming Soon! Li, Li, Li! Reading Storybooks Out Loud in Creole on Tele Timoun Television in Haiti and on Social Media!


Li, Li, Li! Storybook Reading Out Loud Session on Grand Rue in an Internally Displaced Persons camp shortly after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. 

Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Lifland

Li, Li, Li! Reading Storybooks Out Loud in Creole 
on Tele Timoun Television in Haiti and on Social Media!

Please support our work so all Haitian children in Haiti and everywhere in the world who can access television, radio or social media, will be able to see and hear storybooks read out loud in Creole.

This will be a wonderful tool for schools, community centers, and in all neighborhoods as well as create a model for teachers and parents on good techniques for reading story books out loud.

We are currently taping storybook reading sessions in a studio to share with Haitian children everywhere. We hope to have them online by February 2015.

Many thanks to those who are donating their time to this important effort.

Upcoming Children's Book in Creole written by Li, Li, Li! Board Member, Riva Nyri Precil


Soon to be released by EducaVision, Inc.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Please check our FACEBOOK page for photos of our activities and other items of interest/importance, articles, and reflections. Thanks! 

Friday, December 6, 2013




“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Friday, May 10, 2013



Children at Li, Li, Li reading session. Courtesy of Global Fund for Children

"But still a lot of people live in camps in very difficult situations with no access to water or sanitation. Access to food is very difficult. It is very difficult for families as well to bring children to school,”  Michel Forst, UN Independent Expert on Human Rights in Haiti, March 2, 2013 

Friday, December 21, 2012


Haitian children take part in a session run by Li, Li, Li!, one of the groups backed by the Global Fund for Children
 (Photo from Financial Times article New Hopes for Haiti)
New Hopes for Haiti, by Orla Ryan, Financial Times Magazine, December 21, 2012

Excerpt on Li, Li, L:i! Read from today's Financial Times Magazine in England:

"On the nights when rain renders the ground a muddy mess, Claudie Simean’s three children sleep on the rubble she keeps inside her tent in Camp ENAF 3, a cluster of just over 20 tents, in Port-au-Prince. Most nights it is so hot inside that her children sweat in their sleep. During the day, there is little for them to do. “They don’t go to school, they don’t do anything,” she said. “One of the biggest problems in the camp,” agrees Lemy Magdalie, the camp co-ordinator, “is that there are a lot of children who don’t go to school.”

For the parents who can’t afford to buy books or pay school fees, weekly readings – organised by GFC partner Li, Li, Li! – provide welcome relief. A dozen or more children listen, their faces rapt, as local reader Sophia Remy tells them a story in Creole. The boys and girls peer at the picture book Remy holds in front of them, as she recounts a tale of a walrus with a sore tooth. “Li, li, li!” she declares, the Creole for “read, read, read”. “La, la, la!” they respond with enthusiastic shouts. Since 2010, Li, Li, Li! has reached about 60,000 children through camp reading sessions. Slowly, people are being evicted from the camps by landlords eager to get their land back. As the camps disband, Li,Li Li! is already considering how it can set up libraries and take its readings into community centres.

But the lack of alternative accommodation means there are still likely to be people in camps in three years time. Larger agencies promised to help, but have not delivered, people in the camp say. “To me it is heartbreaking,” said Stevenson Jean Paul, who works for Li, Li, Li!. “We were not supposed to be living like this. After three years, the government and the international community should have done better.”

See full article about Global Fund for Children's partner projects in Haiti by clicking here. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Please help us to continue our work in Haiti's tent camp communities.

Sophia Remy and Clifford the Big Red Dog talk to the children at
in tent encampment "Camp Marassa" following a storybook about his adventures.
Photo by Stevenson Jean Paul (September 2012)
Li, Li, Li! is in great need of funding to meet our ongoing expenses of salaries, transportation costs, translations, shipping, seminars, teacher training, production of manuals, etc. We recently sent more than  1,000 children's books, and dozens of puppets, to Haiti for our reading sessions and to create tiny libraries in tent camps and community centers. (We are not in need of books right now.)
In January 2013 it will be three years since the earthquake yet a humanitarian crisis continues
  • Approx 375,000 people remain among 575 internal displacement camps (tarp and tent camps)
  • This week former President Carter while in Haiti said shame on the international community for not coming through with their pledged donations to Haiti
  • Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti with 3 days of heavy rains compounding damages from Hurricane Isaac in August 2012. Sandy caused  massive flooding, landslides, widespread damage to agriculture, loss of livestock, loss of bridges and roads, significant erosion, and a death rate of at approximately 60, the rise in Cholera, 27,000 homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands left hungry from loss of produce and subsequent rise in price of food.
  • Cholera. According to Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health following Hurricane Sandy there were 3,593 new confirmed cases of cholera and another 837 suspected cases. This brings the total cumulative number of reported cholera cases since October 2010 to 618,383 with 7,721 reported deaths. Haiti currently has the most cases of ongoing cholera in the world and in fact its number of cases surpasses the rate of all other countries combined. There was no cholera in Haiti before October 2010.
  • With continued lack of funding to enable sufficient numbers of cholera treatment centers, adequate sanitation, a water system infrastructure, Haiti is expected to continue to be plagued with cholera cases and more fatalities due to weather conditions that include heavy rains, flooding, mudslides, unsanitary conditions and the continuing numbers of persons still living in internal displacement camps or forced into unsafe housing. Families living in the tent camps are especially vulnerable.
  • At least half of Haiti's children cannot attend school.

"Books and "nourishment for the mind" should be an essential part of the emergency relief effort when disasters such as the Haitian earthquake occur..."


People reach out to catch books, donated by the Cuban government, in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Photograph: Ramon Espinosa/AP   Photo from article mentioned below.
Li, Li, Li! Read mentioned in an important new article in the British paper, The Guardian, about the value and importance of books for children post disaster. Thank you author Edwidge Danticat for your beautiful quote and continued endorsement and mentoring to our work!
Edwidge Danticat: "I saw personally how much comfort books can bring to young people living in internally displaced camps and tent cities through my involvement with an organisation called Li, Li, Li! where Haitian teachers and artists, who were sometimes displaced themselves, read books to children in the camps. Though people were in a lot of pain and were suffering a great deal, they were able, for an hour or so, to find some comfort in the pages of a book," said Danticat. "I have great belief in the power of words, written or read, to help us begin healing. I have experienced it in my own life and I have also seen it in action."

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Please support Li, Li, Li! reading storybooks in Haiti's tent camps with a donation today!

Two of our big fans on St. Mary mountain.

"Our partner Li, Li, Li! in Port-au-Prince provides children in tent camps an opportunity to escape their reality with therapeutic and interactive reading sessions. After experiencing a great deal of trauma and continuing to live in unfathomable conditions, children need a safe place to come together, play and learn. This program brings education to the children, which is a dream come true for most, as they do not having the means to afford it. Li, Li, Li!’s reading program illustrates the hope for Haiti’s future."   Isaac relief efforts & the urgency to make progress on Haiti's tent camps by Sandra Macias del Villar for Global Fund for Children, August 31, 2012


September 2, 2012 -- More than 390,000 Haitians still live in approximately 575 horrid tent and tarp camps. As long as children are still living in tent and tarp camps, and more than half still cannot go to school, Li, Li, Li! Read remains committed to continue reading storybooks out loud in Creole in camps in and around Haiti's capital city. 

Children still endure aftershocks (as recently as today!), a deadly cholera epidemic, severe weather conditions (such as last week's Tropical Storm Isaac), continued loss, forced and violent evictions, and uncertainty about their future.

In addition to promoting literacy and reading readiness, our reading out loud sessions help the children relieve stress, make them laugh, and introduce them to important concepts, ideas, and information. The stories are often accompanied by puppets, present engaging illustrations, situations, information, or parables and lead to other activities such as art, music, theatre, discussions, and writing.

Storybook time provides a safe place for the children and demonstrates to them that they are valued, respected, and believed in. Participating in the storybook hour gives them dignity and hope. Without television, radio or books of their own, these stories provide entertainment, food for thought and discussion, and help ease anxiety at night when trying to go to sleep.

But we need your help to continue this work. Each month we pay salaries and expenses for Haitian staff/readers in Haiti. And, training sessions, artistic projects, shipping books and supplies, special events for the children in the camps, all cost money.

Please donate today. Any amount is of help. Together we can continue this work. Through our reading sessions, and our engagement advocating for universal education, we can advance the dream of full literacy for all of Haiti's children and a transformed and more just Haiti. Please click on the paypal buttons on either side of the screen to make your contribution today. If you would like to break your donation into monthly payments, please write us at LiLiLiRead@gmail.com.  Thank you all for your support. Or checks can be mailed to Li, Li, Li! Read, 70A Greenwich Avenue, New York, New York 10011. We can do this --- together!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Please support Li, Li, Li! reading storybooks in Haiti's tent camps

While we are giving thanks for family, friends, home, & country, let us also give thanks for our capacity  to love, feel compassion and our ability to act on our concerns for others -- here and abroad.

Our trained teams of readers continue to read storybooks in 25 tent camps per week, reaching more than 3,000 children per month. Li, Li, Li! brings joy, stimulates imagination, ignites hope, and models literacy and the power and diversity of books. And, while cholera continues to rage and take lives, we brief children, and their families, on precautions and treatment.

Please continue to support  the unique and empowering work of Li, Li, Li! Read. Please donate today. Your gift of $25 or more will make a difference. Donate through our secure Paypal button.

See friend of Li, Li, Li! Samantha Black's appeal letter at http://laughingmaze.blogspot.com/2011/10/samanthas-appeal-letter-on-behalf-of-li.html