Since we posted this project on Global Giving, the growth of our soccer programme has delighted us. With your help we’ve provided shoes, uniforms, balls, and goals. While we’ve only been able to fund a few teams to date, the results are already showing.
Teams generally play during the summer months, but this year they decided to organise a mini championship over Christmas as well. More than 100 youths turned out to compete during their break from school.
Again and again we hear the same thing from the youths who play in the league your donations support: Football seems like a small thing, but it brings hope and a positive outlet for youths who need it most.
As we move into 2011, we’re hoping to provide a fresh start for all 12 of the teams your donations will support.
Please tell a friend about this project and help us keep youths playing in Port au Prince, and thanks so much for your support!
First and foremost, thanks so much for your contribution to community based soccer in Haiti.
Since our initial investment in this programme, we've witnessed the power of sports in bringing communities together. In Haiti, many people feel strongly connected to their immediate neighbors, but not to those who live around the corner or down the block.
When these community teams play against one and other, coaches, friends, and families who wouldn't otherwise meet start to talk and realise how much they have in common. This community cohesion is key to long-term recovery in Haiti.
And the long term effects on community aren’t the only benefit that community sports bring. For young people devastated by the earthquake the positive effects of belonging to a team cannot be overstated.
We see the way team members they support each other and how much it changes their lives, but we need your support to keep these Haitian youths playing! Help us keep Haiti's youth playing and the community connected and talking through sport by telling your friends and family about our project in Port au Prince and why you support it.
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