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Mar 28, 2011

Special Soccer Weekend!

Playing!
Playing!

The community recently came together to hold an informal football weekend in honour of one of our volunteers, Tanya, who came to Haiti and brought uniforms, shoes, and footballs for the teams.

The weekend was not a typical tournament – instead it involved only a few teams playing over just four days. It was a pleasure to see the different team leaders coming together to watch children and young adults play ball.

What’s more, these team leaders often live far from one and other. While the issues they face in their communities may be similar, they never meet to discuss them and find common solutions.

Football tournaments, even if they take place only over a few days, give these young people an occasion to come together, get to know each other, and start to break down barriers. These connections build stronger individuals and communities.

This small tournament also reminded us how much we still have to accomplish before the teams kick back into high gear in June. Over the summer, all the teams will play several times every week, and they’ll all need uniforms, shoes, footballs, and first aid kits.

Your support has made this special weekend possible, and we hope that your on-going support will make this summer an exciting time for youths who have lost so much in the past year.

If you have friends and family who might want to help, don’t hesitate to use the “Tell a Friend” feature on this page. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Media@EDVolunteers.org.

Thanks so much for your support, and warmest regards from Haiti!

Soccer is for the community - many come to watch
Soccer is for the community - many come to watch
Kick-off
Kick-off
Younger kids also got a chance to play
Younger kids also got a chance to play

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Mar 3, 2011

On-going Growth in Haiti

EDV staff and two children we've helped
EDV staff and two children we've helped

Following Global Giving’s visit in January, our work in Haiti continues to grow. We’ve recently begun providing scholarships to children in our community who would otherwise be unable to attend school.

As education is the key to long-term recovery, we’ve coupled these scholarships with reconstruction and transitional classroom construction in high achieving schools. As the rainy season approaches, these reconstruction projects become even more essential. Unsafe roofs and walls are difficult in the dry season, but deadly in the rainy season when high winds and flooding affect all of Haiti.

We’ve also begun a new programme with our partners Medical Relief and Education International to address the urgent health needs in Haiti. This health education programme combines clinics with health education with the ultimate of giving Haitians the information they need to place their health firmly in their control.

We launched our health programme with work in several orphanages as well as a cholera and a disease prevention programme in the rural community of Fond de Negres.  

Combined with our on-going work in English education and community development, our reach in Haiti continues to expand, and it would have been impossible without your support. We hope you’ll continue to follow our work in Haiti and support us in any way you can.

Thanks so much for all you’ve done, and our warmest regards from Haiti.

Deworming a baby as part of health education
Deworming a baby as part of health education
Deworming a baby as part of health education
Deworming a baby as part of health education
Two orphans with their volunteer english teacher
Two orphans with their volunteer english teacher

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Mar 3, 2011

Urgent Construction for the Rainy Season

Happy scholarship recipient
Happy scholarship recipient

Our education programme continues to grow. With our first 25 scholarship recipients in school, we’ve begun our monitoring and evaluation process. Project managers visit the school at least twice a month to check up on the children and ensure that any issues are addressed.

It’s a real pleasure to visit the school where these kids are attending. Just a few short weeks ago they spent their days idle in the street. Now they spend them in classes learning how to read and write.

We’re looking forward to identifying more children so that our scholarship programme can continue to grow, and we’re hoping that you’ll help us fund this growth.

We also recently built another transitional classroom. This project, which took place at Emes School in Port au Prince, went beyond simple classroom construction. Our team demolished and replaced unsafe walls, repaired damaged walls, and poured a concrete floor in the bathroom, improving sanitation. We are looking forward to completing our work at Emes School by building a drainage system on the property which will further improve sanitation.

Together, our work has provided a safe environment for the 20 children who are now in class there and provided space for more children to attend class in this high achieving, community school.

Our construction projects are becoming more and more pressing as the rainy season approaches. Unsafe, unstable roofs and structures are difficult in the dry season. They become deadly in the rainy season when flooding, high winds, and heavy rains become a reality.

Please help us build as many safe roofs as we can before the rains begin in late April by letting your friends know about our project and encouraging them to support us the way you did.

Thanks so much for all you’ve done, and we look forward to hearing from you should you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to email Media@EDVolunteers.org.

Happy class of scholarship recipients
Happy class of scholarship recipients
Emes School before our work
Emes School before our work
Repairing the damaged walls
Repairing the damaged walls
The roof going up!
The roof going up!
New, safe classroom space
New, safe classroom space

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