Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"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."