There are over 18,000 child soldiers in Colombia. Our Sports for Peace program is using soccer to change the statistic.
Happy Somali Youth Day! In celebration Mercy Corps is hosting a 10-day youth soccer tournament in Garowe, Somali. In communities recovering from conflict, Mercy Corps uses the power of play to bridge divisions and promote peacebuilding.
Photo: Lindsay Murphy/Mercy Corps
This week 14 soccer coaches from Haiti are visiting our HQ in Portland, Oregon! These men and women are the cornerstones of an effort to leverage the power of soccer to teach Haiti’s young people about preventing the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Special thanks to Columbia Sportswear for providing the sharp-looking rain jackets!
Photos: Genna Martin for Mercy Corps
The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti was just the first tragedy to strike Emmanuella’s young life: She escaped the rubble of her home, only to lose even more amid the violence of her neighborhood.
Learn how Mercy Corps works to give kids like Emmanuella what they deserve - a chance to thrive.
Today, on World AIDS Day, Mercy Corps and Partners In Health are joining forces in Haiti to launch Foutbol pou Lavi — Soccer for Life — a program designed to harness the power of soccer to stop the spread of HIV.
We’re gathering today in the national stadium in Port-au-Prince to raise awareness about World AIDS Day and Foutbol pou Lavi. We want to increase the number of people who know their HIV status by offering Volunteer Counseling and Testing; reduce discrimination and stigma of people living with HIV through interactive discussions and educational health activities; and promote unity through mixed-gender soccer games.
Soccer has an incredible unifying force that creates a healthy outlet for youth to channel their hopes and rebuild their lives. Our goal with Soccer for Life is to foster that environment while bringing attention to a powerful disease afflicting Haitian communities.