LIDÈ means both “Leader” and “Idea” in Haitian Kreyol.
LIDÈ is an educational initiative that uses the arts and literacy to build resiliency and empower at-risk adolescent girls in rural Haiti, helping them to transition into academic or vocational education.
LIDÈ provides academic support and arts programs that empower girls who have been denied equal access to education and strengthen their resiliency. LIDÈ trains and employs Haitian teachers and youth program facilitators, and collaborates with grassroots organizations and schools so that programs derive from local needs, strengthen local capacity, and foster the community support girls need to begin their educational journeys. The LIDÈ Foundation believes that arts in education inspires personal empowerment, resilience and self-efficacy.