Community outreach is a core part of GOALS’ work in Haiti. Community outreach includes public town meetings, census and needs assessment surveys, and local development projects that involve players’ families and adults in the area. Outreach also includes activities and events organized for children younger than 10 years old, and players who don’t yet have places on local GOALS teams.
GOALS teams often fulfill their community service requirement by conducting community outreach programs for local adults and children. The Dream Team scholarship program, which also requires community service participation, often works on local projects and events to make an impact in neighborhoods as well.
Past events include a soccer tournament to promote Global Handwashing Day on October 15, organizing community planting parties for household vegetable gardens, and “Kid days,” called Jounée Timoun, which seek to engage local elementary school children in the S-3 model of soccer, community service, and educational activities.
Current community outreach focuses on health education and disease prevention through interactive workshops. To read more about how we train kids and community members to help improve personal and public health, please read “Improving Health in Haiti, from Kids to Communities.“