A SOHaMO family’s tent in Cité Soleil, the most notorious neighborhood in Port-au-Prince.
This Saturday, a BlazeSports delegation will touch down at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Since the devastating earthquake struck the island nation in January 2010, BlazeSports has worked closely with the Haitian National Paralympic Committee and Ministry of Sport to establish five sports clubs and to aid the country’s disability community. At the most recent count, we are currently serving 634 Haitian children and adults with disabilities and their families. In our visit next week, BlazeSports staff and a multi-national group of experts and professionals will be teaching, training, providing care, hosting a girls’ soccer clinic, and supplying our clubs to the best of our ability.
You can help us do so.
Our friends at SOHaMO (Society of Handicapped and Aged) are in particular need. SOHaMO, now officially a BlazeSports club, is a community-organized association founded by and for the elderly and those with disabilities in Cité Soleil, a Port-au-Prince neighborhood recognized by the United Nations as the most dangerous in the world. As the situation in Cité Soleil worsened after the quake, the bonds of SOHaMO strengthened. These remarkable individuals built their own tent city, stood up to the armed gangs, and cared for not only their own members, but also street children and young people with disabilities who have been abandoned by their families.
You can help us help SOHaMO either by donating to BlazeSports, or by contributing any of the following items specifically requested by SOHaMO:
- New children’s clothing
- Educational toys
- Toilet paper
- Sports equipment (please check with us regarding which items are most in need)
- Hygiene kits
- Wound care supplies
- Flashlights (with 100,000 hours of light)
- Art supplies (pastels, street chalk, watercolors, sketch pads, etc.)
- Talcum powder
If you choose to donate items, please be sure that they get to the BlazeSports office by Thursday. And if you have any questions feel free to contact us at 404-270-2000.
When you’re grilling burgers or hitting the beach this Memorial Day weekend, please think for a moment of those in Haiti for whom each day is a struggle to survive. We here in the U.S. are tremendously lucky, and it is our obligation to offer a hand to those fate has placed in the world’s more troubled corners. None of us can do everything, but together, we can certainly do something.