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Sport for development in Haiti


Sport for development in Haiti

Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, sportanddev takes a brief look at some of the activities that have used sport as a part of reconstruction efforts in the country

Various initiatives run by a number of different organisations have used sport as a means to provide activities and support to young people living in the wake of the catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010.

Reconstruction and re-building of infrastructure
Schools, clinics, small businessess and other structures required reconstruction, activities in which actors such as Architects for Humanity spent 2011 working on a number of planning and building projects. Architects for Humanity, also designing the FIFA-supported Football for Hope centres and a number of other community sports structures, has been working to support reconstruction of various small businesses that are positioned in key areas of Haiti's economy to indirectly generate jobs.

Sport for development initiatives
Organisations such as GOALS Haiti launched appeals at the end of year 2011 to garner support for their activities in Haiti, providing assistance to children and young people. HavServe Haiti launched a pilot project in the village of Lebrun to help with reconstruction efforts, including the building of a football pitch. Other organisations active in Haiti include Willsport, BlazeSports America, Club de Volleyball Banzaï, Peace and Sport, the ITTF, the NBA and UNICEF, amongst others.

Watch a video about Haiti's sport solidarity initiative in partnership with Peace & Sport

Take a look at the sportanddev overview of Sport for Development efforts in Haiti


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Usha Selvaraju


Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 23:00


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