With just a few weeks left until the start of the soccer season, we’re excited about the enthusiasm of the local teams as they prepare their fields, start to practice, and organise their leagues.
That organisation of leagues has led to quite a change! This is the league’s first season since the earthquake, and they’d like to put all the difficulties of 2010 behind them by making this the biggest soccer season they possibly can, and that means a lot more teams. They’d like to see more than 900 youths playing on almost 100 teams.
With your support, we’ll be able to get these kids playing soccer in Haiti, giving them a positive outlet this summer and reminding them that even though more than a year has passed since the earthquake, we haven’t forgotten them.
Until May 20th, it’s even easier than usual to support community football in Haiti. During Global Giving’s Recurring Donation Challenge, any recurring donation you make gives us the possibility of winning up to $2,500!
Just $10 a month from you might mean we win more than $2,500, so please dig deep and give what you can. If you can’t make a contribution, you could still help by letting friends and family know about the Recurring Donation Challenge.
Regardless of whether or not you’re able to make a recurring donation, your support continues to inspire us. Thanks so much for all you’ve done, and warm regards from Haiti.
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!
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!
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