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"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!