Lakou Kajou's Project Team

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Linda Hawkins Costigan
, Executive Producer, is a Los Angeles-based documentary film producer and director. Her documentary films and reality series include the award-winning Inshallah: Diary of an Afghan Woman. She also directed the award-winning, feature-length documentary film, The World According to Sesame Street, which https://sites.google.com/a/bbutterfly.org/bbc/home/our-work/pmeh-team/Tilou%20no%20background.pngexplored Sesame Workshop's international children's educational media work. After the 2010 Haitian earthquake, Costigan produced short films in Port-au-Prince as part of a Sesame Workshop-Mercy Corps co-production. Costigan is currently producing and directing Growing a Revolution, a feature-length documentary film about pioneer urban farmer Will Allen and the increasing concern over feeding our growing population. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and studied film at the University of Paris: Sorbonne and Jussieu.



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Patricia Préval, Project & Strategic Development Manager, oversees the Haitian-based operations for Lakou Kajou's development and implementation, supporting all aspects of operational planning, fundraising, public-private partnerships and the project's sustainability strategy. Prior to joining Blue Butterfly Collaborative, Préval has contributed to a series of media efforts to advance awareness on policy and social issues touching the lives of the Haitian people. Her experience includes three years of collaboration with the Haitian government to establish best practices in public communication services; helping the development of free-of-charge mobile cinema programs made available throughout Haiti; advocacy initiatives for free speech in connection with emblematic abuse cases; and preparing audio and video contents and archives for the purpose of informal education. Préval holds a BA from McGill University (Montréal, Canada) in agricultural engineering.
 

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Carole Sassine is Lakou Kajou's Educational Consultant and chaired its Curriculum Workshop, held in Port-au-Prince on February 28, 2015. Sassine currently teaches at the State University of Haiti and  provides consulting services to Haiti's Department of Education and as part of various organizations of civil society. Her professional commitment to education in the country, since obtaining a degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Paris VIII, France, is constant. Recipient of a scholarship (Fulbright) in the early 1990s, she holds a Master of Education from Northern Illinois University, USA, where she also completed postgraduate studies in adult education. Her recent experience in Haiti has spread to areas of education policy, vocational and university education, environmental education, and issues affecting the rights of women and children.