Friday, December 31, 2010

Please donate to Li, Li, Li! reading out loud in creole program for Haiti's displaced children in the tent camps

Photo of Li, Li, Li! reading session donated by William Wheeler @2010

DONATE NOW to bring joy, literacy and employment to Haiti’s earthquake victims!

Dear Friends,

Please include Li, Li, Li! in your end of year donations. Donate by midnight tonight to claim your 2010 tax deduction. Click here to donate online.

Please take one minute to donate $20 or more to our not-for-profit organization Li, Li, Li! Read. Every dollar goes to our program in Haiti.

Li, Li, Li! is a storybook reading out loud in Creole program for Haiti's children living in tent & tarp encampments after becoming homeless or displaced by the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Our trained readers read in 25 camps per week – reaching more than 3,000 children per month in Port-au-Prince, Leogane, Tabarre, Cite Soleil, Delmas, Pernier, and other neighborhoods and towns.

Our program’s focus is psychosocial engagement, literacy promotion and job creation for Haitians. Since October, we also have a cholera education & resource component enlisting children in the prevention, identification and treatment of cholera (more than 3,300 deaths and 150,000 sickened by cholera in Haiti since mid-October). The World Health Organization predicts that 650,000 more will be sickened in Haiti this coming year.

Read more about us in the Edwidge Danticat article featuring Li, Li, Li! in the January 2011 issue of Good Housekeeping (on newsstands now). Danticat quotes one of our readers, Natacha: “Kids who are now laughing were crying so much after the earthquake…Many are always reliving the whole thing in their heads, but when I read them a story all of that disappears for a moment. They become children again.”

Alice Speri explains in her AFP article Reading sessions help Haiti children through quake trauma that “…Li Li Li! is not only about stress release, it is also an attempt to entrench a love for reading in a country where, before the earthquake, 44 percent of the population could not read or write, according to UN estimates.”

For a quick who, what, where, when, and why, visit our About Li, Li, Li! page. And, you can click here to review our Accomplishments and Goals. We need your help to make these goals happen.

As we approach the one year anniversary of the January 12th earthquake, approximately 1.3 million people remain in horrendous and unsanitary conditions in spontaneous encampments.

Please help us to continue to provide important and sustainable services to Haiti’s children in the tent & tarp camps. Join us in this timely, meaningful and uplifting work.

Donate by midnight tonight to claim your 2010 tax deduction. Click here to donate online.

Or mail a check to: Li Li Li! Read, 70A Greenwich Avenue, Suite 373, New York, New York 10011


Michelle Karshan, Caitlin Karshan & Riva Precil

In Haiti: 011509-3871-0400, In U.S.: Leave messages at: 212-613-6033, Fax: 212-202-3992 (internet fax), Email:, Web: / Li, Li, Li! is a not-for-profit organization registered in the State of New York