Sport for Peace and Development

Haiti

  • Countries:

    Haiti

  • Dates:

    2008 to 2014

  • Beneficiaries:

    50 000 children and young people

  • Project leaders:

    Peace and Sport and the Haitian Olympic Committee

  • Peace and Sport’s role:

    • In 2007: Support the program ‘Sport for Peace and Development’ run by the Haitian Olympic Committee aiming to use sport as a vehicle for community values among Haitian youth
    • Provide technical expertise through a Peace and Sport coordinator for sports centres and their projects
    • In 2010: Backing for the emergency response plan ‘Solidarity in Haiti’ offering support and assistance to young people aged 9-20 housed by relief camps following the earthquake.
    • Send a container filled with several tons of sports equipment, given out by the Haitian Olympic Committee after the earthquake for different local stakeholders (relief centres and sport centres)
    • In 2012: Support the ‘Badminton for Peace’ project run by the Haitian badminton federation (FEHBAD) and the international badminton federation (BWF), rolled out in 20 schools and aimed at offering kids aged 9-16 a safe environment for playing badminton
    • In 2014: Develop the use of the Sport Simple Manual in the sports centre located in the Carrefour neighbourhood of Haiti, home to roughly 465,000 people, a third of whom are under 14 years old
    • Capacity building for directors and instructors at the International Olympic Committee’s Hope Centre, focusing on the management, implementation and execution of their peace through sport program for bringing about lasting change

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Since the Haitian revolution (1791 to 1803), the country has been in an almost permanent state of insurgency, with successive military coups and civil wars leaving thousands of victims in their wake. In addition, Haiti has a very weak economy and is the poorest country in the Americas.

On 12 January 2010, a devastating earthquake measuring 7.0 magnitude on the Richter scale took the lives of 200,000 people, injuring 300,000 others and leaving more than a million homeless, mainly in the capital Port-au-Prince.

Badminton, judo, athletics, volleyball, football, basketball, mini tennis, taekwondo, handball and chess

  • Democratisation of the access to sports activities and facilities: New sporting activities have been rolled out at the sports centres, and thanks to international donations, new sports facilities have been built
  • Use of sport as a tool to address targeted issues: The sports centres use sports activities to help reduce urban violence, to encourage integration of youth and to help youngsters recover from the trauma of the earthquake
  • Sustainability of the programs: The sports centres are autonomous in the management and daily running of their facilities using sport-for-peace activities for sustainable development

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