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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Haiti 2018
GOALS Haiti is a youth sport for development program working in rural Haiti. In 2017, “A Clean Field” project was executed to address the issue of plastic bottle waste in the communities where GOALS Haiti works. The project partners with youths between the ages of eight to 18 in the collection of used plastic bottles from their community and soccer fields to sell to the largest bottling company in Haiti. In turn, the company then reuses the collected waste.
Haiti is a country lacking in basic infrastructure and most of the population is living in extreme poverty. GOALS Haiti works in rural Haiti where there are no other organizations working because there is no electricity or potable water. In addition, there is no proper system for waste management and the issue of litter especially plastic waste which can be seen in most places.
The solution is to teach kids about the environment through volunteerism. In order for the kids to be a part of the GOALS program, they must agree to give back to their communities with volunteer work through waste plastic bottle collection. The kids from Leogane rural community in Haiti practice sustainable recycling fostered through the environmental awareness within the program. This teaches them the importance of community involvement thereby motivating the kids to become young leaders within their communities.
By using sports to attract youth to participate in GOAL Haiti’s programs, the organization continues to engage an active audience to educate and involve in community development. The sport for good model has been successful in providing youth an outlet to not only live healthier lives but create real sustainable change within their communities. In turn, the kids teach their family members about caring for the environment thereby, developing a sense of environmental stewardship at community level.