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.