Lakou Zanfan, led by Dr. Charlene Désir

Lakou Zanfan is a literacy youth program in rural Haiti in the southern region of Jacmel that began in 2019. The program started as a summer program where local children ages 6-16 could obtain literacy, socio-emotional development and opportunities to imagine a world beyond their circumstances. The curriculum is grounded in the arts, culturally relevant readings, intergenerational learning, cultural and environmental preservation activities. Our goal is to have year-round programming with sustained consistent staff, a youth center, and continued programming and curriculum development. As a Harvard educated school psychologist of Haitian descent it is Dr. Désir’s commitment to support youth to provide avenues for them to contribute their talents to the emerging opportunities and creating ways to be in community and live a sustained life. 

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