As observed during our brigades, soccer (or futbol) is a well-loved pastime and the national sport of Honduras. However, because over 66% of Honduras live in poverty, having access to soccer balls isn't a reality. Soccer is a way for community members to connect, form important relationships, and simply have fun in a stressful life burdened by intense poverty. For kids, soccer is a way to further cognitive development and socialization through the development of important social and language.
Because of the extreme poverty in Honduras, with many of our patients living under $2/day, purchasing soccer balls and equipment is simply not feasible. 16% of children in Honduras are child laborers and work in agricultural fields or camps where they are exposed to toxic chemicals, harsh UV rays, and deprived of the opportunity to attend school and engage with peers. To support and provide for their families, as many as 800,000 kids do not attend school in order to work.
On our brigades, each kid is enthralled with the potential opportunity to take home a soccer ball and is disappointed that they are reserved for the local schools only. With appropriate funding and support, we will be able to ensure each child leaves the clinic with a smile on their face and an accessible way to engage in the sport they all so dearly love. Because of the level of extreme poverty and financial stress present in the locations of our sites we need your support to make it a reality.
We endeavor to deliver high-quality community-based medical and dental care to people living in rural Honduras. Through providing soccer balls, we are supporting the long term cognitive, emotional, and physical health of children. Soccer teaches kids important lessons of sharing and connections with peers and fosters the development of fine motor skills and socialization. Soccer serves as a vehicle for practicing language, working together with others, making friends, and building confidence.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).