Haitian Coast
       
     
  On March 18th, 2016, I traveled to Port-  Au-  Prince, Haiti and met up with Kathryn Adams, Executive Director of the  Lidè Foundation . As the website states, "  Lidè is 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." I traveled there as a guest teacher for 11 days for the purpose of teaching the girls (and teachers) about photography and portraiture. Based out of the city of Gonaïves, we traveled daily to rural communities where the program works with adolescent girls on an ongoing basis  . Culturally, the female, including the youth, have huge responsibilities (ie. cook, clean, do laundry, make charcoal, farm, and   child care, among others). Typically, these girls do not have any down time. To know what it means to simply be a child and explore creatively is virtually non  existe  nt. Thus Lidè. They have an ongoing program in 7 (soon to be 8) locations throughout Haiti. They are giving these girls the freedom to hear their inner voice and to find out who they truly are through the arts.
       
     
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Martin & Sonya Lachman's Residence, LA, CA
       
     
Stationary Head with Movable Mouth