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!

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Photos: Genna Martin for Mercy Corps

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.
Read more.

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.

Read more.