"GOALS is a non-profit organization that uses soccer in Haiti to engage kids in community work that improves their quality of life, the environment, and local leadership. Programs include after-school activities, competitive soccer clubs, summer camps, workshops, and high school scholarships."
UPDATE #2 - POST HURRICANE ISAAC - 8/29/2012
-VIEW OUR MOST RECENT BLOG POST REGARDING HOW THE GOALS HAITI TEAM IS FARING FOLLOWING HURRICANE ISAAC. A LENGTHY POST DETAILING CONDITIONS AND WHAT GOALS HAITI IS DOING TO HELP CAN BE FOUND HERE - SHARE OUR CAMPAIGN WITH YOUR FRIENDS, WE ARE SO CLOSE TO OUR GOAL, LET'S KEEP THIS MOMENTUM GOING!
NEW PERK OFFERED: 8/24/2012
-ALL DONATIONS OF $100 OR MORE, INCLUDING PREVIOUS DONORS, WILL RECEIVE A HIGH GLOSS ART PRINT OF THE PICTURE BELOW. THE PICTURE WAS TAKEN BY A GOALS SUPPORTER AND IS YOURS, ON TOP OF ALL OTHER PERKS THAT ARE LISTED, FOR DONATIONS EXCEEDING $100. TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNIY AND HELP US TO REACH OUR GOAL. THANK YOU!
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE - 7/25/2012:
GOALS Haiti has been awarded the "Best New Project" award by Beyond Sport -- an organization chaired by former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair, that promotes the use of sports for change in the world. Considered to be the, "Nobel Peace Prize" of sports, GOALS Haiti will receive further support from Beyond Sport and be able to leverage their resources to promote awareness through a network of partner organizations. Thank you to all supporters who have taken time and resources to promote GOALS Haiti!
My name is Jared and I am an outreach volunteer for GOALS Haiti, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is on the ground doing community development in Haiti. GOALS stands for Global Outreach And Love of Soccer. Our work in Haiti is headquartered in Léogane, a town southwest of Port-au-Prince. We support community soccer programs in the West, Southeast, and South departments and have partnered with multiple organizations in the Cité Soleil neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. Soccer serves as the engine for GOALS as soccer is a sport that the Hatian people are extremely passionate about.
I discovered GOALS Haiti while surfing the net one day and was blown away by their end-to-end approach to philanthropy in Haiti. I immediately knew that this was a worthy foundation to donate my time and energy to. What made GOALS so different to me than other organizations was their long-term approach to creating a lasting impact in the communities that they serve. All of the GOALS staff are actually Haitian citizens living in the communities that the foundation operates in, which by design, helps GOALS to have a more intimate understanding of the socioeconomic issues at hand. What people do not realize is that a little bit of money goes very far in a place like Haiti, so any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
You can read the story of GOALS Founder, Kona Shen, by clicking HERE
Please read more about our programs and aspirations below and see if you can help us out. We've tried to come up with some great perks for funders, so here we go.
For different amounts, you could receive anything from a GOALS Laptop Sticker, to a custom ironwork art wall decoration from a Haitian artist, to being designated as a GOALS Ambassador!
We will also be posting updates as we go through this 60 day journey together, so stay tuned!
GOALS FOR GOALS HAITI:
We want to raise $4,000 to support the following:
-Food, water & transportation
-Community Service Materials
In turn, the kids receive the following monthly benefits:
-32 hours of soccer practice
-8 hours of community service
-8 hours of classroom learning/education
-Regional soccer matches
-Participation in other special events/local projects
100% of all GOALS donations go straight to the communities we serve; ALL administrative costs are paid privately.
WHY SUPPORT GOALS HAITI?GOALS is focused on creating effective ways for the young people of Haiti to improve their lives and communities both on a daily basis and for future generations. Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and continues to struggle with economic and political instability. The areas in which GOALS operates lack basic services, opportunities for young people, and resources for local development. Through our programs, boys and girls become passionate about community projects, education, and health initiatives. GOALS emphasizes both education and action, and invests heavily in children and young adults to become change-makers for themselves and their communities.
- GOALS programs directly impact over 500 children each month, and an additional 3,500 people are affected through outreach to players’ families and local communities.
- GOALS’ community projects are determined by community-identified needs. In 2010, GOALS built a public toilet and 230 hurricane shelters in a rural Haitian village called Destra. Prior to these projects, 69% of residents lived in tents or under tarps due to the devastating January 2010 earthquake, and 96% of residents had no access to any toilet or sanitation facilities.
- Additional projects include mobile health clinics, hygiene promotion, and household vegetable gardens.
- 92% of children in GOALS’ competitive soccer clubs report that this is the first time they have ever been part of an official team, with a coach, cleats, uniforms, and practice equipment. GOALS’ daily and monthly programs provide children with their first free, local programs aimed at personal development and community-wide change.
- GOALS has set a target of directly impacting 1,000 children per month by 2013 by expanding our current programs. Current donations are funding GOALS’ summer camps for 250 children in Léogane, Haiti in 2012.
Read more about our summer camps HERE
GOALS IN THE MEDIA
-Huffington Post: GOALS Founder Kona Shen/GOALS featured
-Huffington Post: Haiti Earthquake Aftermath: Charities Tackle Illiteracy in Country's Slums
-Norwich Bulletin: Article featuring the work of Kona Shen and GOALS in Haiti
-Total Football Magazine: Youth Tournament in Haiti Proves Football is More Than Just a Game
-Sports Doing Good Newsletter #13 featured the work of GOALS Haiti
-Can Soccer Save The World - Article on GOALS Haiti
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
-Please share our indiegogo campaign page URL via e-mail, on your Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media. Even if you do not have any desire to donate, please help us with our awareness by sharing the page.
-Visit our Twitter (@GOALSHaiti) and Facebook pages: follow, friend and like!
-Organize an equipment drive - firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our equipment drive page HERE for more info