Lidè begins when communities invite the programs and join with us, through consultation and collaboration, in ensuring programs address the concerns of their girls.
Lidè trains locals — sometimes local academic teachers, sometimes just local youth who care and who want to both learn and to serve — in how to facilitate programs, and then hires for paid positions as facilitators from within that trained group.
Lidè participant, girls ages 9 to 22, as well as differently abled youth (both girls and boys), come from remote areas where quality education is rare, where families earn less than a dollar a day, where girls are more often expected to get pregnant or leave for cities where they will work in domestic labor than they are to finish high school, and where youth with disabilities are shut away from the rest of the world. But Lidè girls are all rich in their hopes, their determination, and their ability to find joy in life.
Lidè programs build resiliency through the arts and help girls find and use their own voices in creating a better world. Lidè also provides informal education at programs to improve learning skills, and for some to bring them up to proficiency in basic reading and writing, and for those of highest need and highest determination, scholarships so that they can complete a basic education.
“Hunger in childhood can lead to irreversible mental stunting, lower intelligence quotients (IQs) and reduced capacities to learn,” (UNICEF). Many Lidè girls eat only 1 meal a day, and sometimes, no meal at all. That is why all Lidè programs include a meal, cooked by local women, and including a variety of vegetables, beans, and whole grains sourced by local farms.
6. Raising Capacity
Lidè is committed to raising capacity wherever it works. One way we do this is through apprenticeship programs where girls who have been in the program for at least a year and who are 17 or older can become apprentices after completing a training. Sime have even gone on to become full-time facilitators. Lidè also consults and trains internationally for Education in Emergencies, creating Safe Spaces for Girls in displacement situations, and effects of traumatic experiences on learning.