LIDÈ programs serve out-of-school and “at-risk” adolescent girls. Girls in LIDÈ discover their unique voice through creative writing, theater, photography and film. These disciplines become a gateway into an academic education as well as a means for improving literacy, leadership and critical thinking. LIDÈ activities come together in values-based themes that help adolescent girls explore the life questions that all youth face on a local and global scale.  Our program work begins with understanding the needs of a community and then training teachers to provide arts programs to adolescent girls. We then mentor these programs toward sustainability. As programs continue, they provide a safe space where LIDÈ participants find their human dignity and inner strength, gain learning and life skills, and walk a path toward resiliency, self-determination, efficacy, and leadership through service.

Teacher Empowerment & Student Learning
LIDÈ empowers teachers with a tool for developing their own creative ideas into effective curriculum. This tool helps them develop values-driven activities that achieve skill-based outcomes, and cognitive and psycho-social goals.

LIDÈ currently serves over five hundred girls with a staff of thirteen Haitian teachers at a total of 12 locations in remote, rural Haiti.