BlazeSports Delivers Second Mini Festival to Promote Physical Activity in Haiti

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This past week, BlazeSports Haiti organized the second of four mini festivals designed to promote physical activity in Haiti. This second mini sports festival included the participation of 74 students (36 females) from the Monfort Institute.

The Monfort Institute, led by Sister Mona Haig, is a well-known religious institution in Haiti that works with young people who have visual impairments, blindness and deafness,  with ages ranging from 3 to 20 years of age. The institution has more than 350 students of whom 92 are serving as interns. They offer courses ranging from kindergarten to professional technical studies, and with branches in three areas of the country, the Monfort Institute is undoubtedly one of the major centers for deaf education in Haiti.

The festival activities took place, thanks to funding from USAID, US Department of State – Sports United, and the United Nations Office for Sport Development and Peace, in a fun and festive atmosphere, featuring workshops of athletics, including boccia, volleyball, recreational games and a major focus on football. Under the guidance of six specialized BlazeSports leaders and with the help of Monfort Institute staff, the students participated in activities for 4 hours straight, demonstrating great sportsmanship and friendly interactions throughout the day. 

In addition to the success of the activities, we must also mention that President of the National Paralympic Committee of Haiti, Jean Chevalier Sanon, as well as sports journalist of Le Nouvelliste, Enock Nere, made visits to the festival to observe the activities. 

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The girls from the Monfort Institute warming up to take part in the physical activities.

 

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BlazeSports trained coaches lead stretching before the soccer session.

 
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BlazeSports Delivers Mini Festivals to Promote Physical Activity in Haiti

Thanks to funding from USAID, UN Office of Sport Development and Peace, and Department of State and in partnership with local schools in the Port-Au-Prince metropolitan area, BlazeSports will organize four mini festivals to promote physical activity for kids with disabilities.

The first mini festival was attended by 64 children and youth, 23 of them girls, with physical and learning disabilities at the Center Foyer d’Amour in Haiti.

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The activity began with a welcoming from Daniel Pierre-Charles, BlazeSports country director, followed by words of thanks from the director of Foyer d’Amour Rose May Legouté.

The mini festival commenced in a supportive and festive atmosphere, where the participants seemed very happy. After four hours of learning and fun games, the kids from Foyer d’Amour thanked BlazeSports for offering a full day of physical activities where they could showcase their talent and prove that their disability do not prevent them from being physical active.

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Hopefully in the near future BlazeSports, in partnership with local schools, will be able to offer continuing programme for kids with disabilities. Rose May Legouté, the director of Foyer D’amour, thanked this type of activities that allow kids to increase their self-esteem, to value each one ability that is often undervalued even in their own home, and to show each one of the kids the potential they have.

The second Mini Festival will be delivered in early May, in partnership with Monfort Institute.

These mini festivals are part of a multi-agency project in Haiti that aims to promote Adapted Physical Education at three centers in the metropolitan area of Port au Prince.

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