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Rainn Wilson on empowering girls in Haiti through the arts

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Rainn Wilson on empowering girls in Haiti through the arts

Lidè Haiti uses the arts and literacy to empower at-risk adolescent girls.

Rainn Wilson is best known for playing "Dwight" on NBC's The Office. He co-founded SoulPancake, a website and production company that seeks to tackle "Life's Big Questions."

Rainn also joined with his wife, author Holiday Reinhorn, and Executive Director Dr. Kathryn Adams to found Lide Haiti, an educational initiative in rural Haiti that uses the arts and literacy to empower at-risk adolescent girls and help them transition into school or vocational training. 

Uplift through education

The Lidè program works to uplift women and girls who have been denied equal access to education.

Lidè trains and employs Haitian teachers and collaborates with grassroots schools and programs, such as "Smallholder Farmers Alliance", "Fonkozé", and "H.E.L.P." 

'Leader' and 'idea' 

In Lidè, program participants gain life and leadership skills, and they get much-needed community support to begin their educational journey.

The Lidè Foundation believes that arts in education inspires personal empowerment, resilience and self-efficacy.

Lidè means both "Leader" and "Idea" in Haitian Creole.

Link to donate: http://www.lidehaiti.org/#donate

How your donation can help:

  • $5 - Provides one girl's notebooks and pens for the whole year
  • $10 - Funds a literacy book and notebook for an out-of-school youth to learn how to read and write
  • $40 - Supplies a wellness and first-aid kit for a program

How your donation can help:

  • $50 - Funds a year's writing materials for one program location
  • $80 - Provides a camera that will serve four participants
  • $100 - Funds teacher training
  • $125 - Funds one meal per week and clean drinking water daily year-round for one participant

How your donation can help:


  • $350 - Funds a part-time teacher for a month
  • $50 - Funds a year's writing materials for one program location
  • $80 - Provides a camera that will serve 4 participants
  • $100 - Funds teacher training

How your donation can help:


  • $500 - Provides a full-scholarship for qualifying Lidè participants to attend vocational or secondary school (grades 7-12) for one year
  • $1,000 - Provides a year of funding for the internship program that provides teaching-while-learning opportunities to older/advanced level participants
  • $5,000 - Allows Lidè to give a university scholarship to a youth who will teach in the program in a service-to-learning exchange

How your donation can help:


  • $7,000 - Allows us to expand programs to one of the communities currently on a waiting-list for a Lidè program
  • $10,000 - Enables Lidè to offer training and program support to organizations serving girls in international conflict and crisis zones

If you have camera or computer equipment you want to donate, please contact info@lidehaiti.org to obtain a current "needs" list.

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