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GOALS now working with over 500 children in Haiti


GOALS now working with over 500 children in Haiti

In its first year of existence, GOALS has been able to reach out to over 500 of some of Haiti's poorest children.


has been on the road in Haiti a lot in the last month. We started new sites in La Coline and St. George in Haiti’s South department; Bainet, in the Southeast; Magandu in the West; and nearly doubled our programs in Leogane.

This means that we’ve been jumping in the car and seeing the country’s most remote rural communities, and helping some of Haiti’s poorest kids discover the joy of playing soccer with a real ball.

These kids already know that
GOALS does more than just soccer, however. Community clean ups, clean drinking water, and scholarships are all part of our efforts to improve these young players’ of quality of life now and in the future.

As a result of our busy month, GOALS is proud to announce that we currently work with over 500 children through our daily programs in Haiti! Through our outreach to players’ families, we impact an additional 2,064 people through these children’s households. In June, GOALS celebrated its one-year anniversary by spreading to new communities and forming new partnerships

When you drive through Haiti, it’s amazing how many soccer fields you see. On the side of highways, steep mountain slopes, in front yards, and on the beach – makeshift pitches are everywhere. Nearly all of the time, they’re odd shapes, sizes, and surfaces.

The beautiful thing is, though, that the rocks underfoot and lopsided goal posts don’t change anything that’s important about the game. The kids still run as hard as they can, show off their footwork, and cheer like they’ve won the World Cup after every goal.

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Kona Shen


Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 23:00

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