Community service is a core part of GOALS’ work in Haiti.
Community service includes public town meetings, census and needs assessment surveys, and local development projects that involve players’ families and adults in the area. Service also includes activities and events organized for children younger than 10 years old, and players who don’t yet have places on local GOALS teams. GOALS teams often fulfill their community service requirement by conducting community outreach programs for local adults and children.
We most recently started a new tree nursery "Pepinye" project located in our Bossan site. Working with a local agronmist kids are learning to plant and care for tree seedlings. By the end of summer they will have planted 5,000 seedlings which once ready will be distributed in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Mathew.
The Dream Team scholarship program, which also requires community service participation, often works on local projects and events to make an impact in neighborhoods as well. Past events include a soccer tournament to promote Global Handwashing Day, organizing community planting parties for household vegetable gardens, and “Kid days,” called Jounée Timoun, which seek to engage local elementary school children in the S-3 model of soccer, community service, and educational activities. Current community service focuses on health education and disease prevention through interactive workshops.