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Living Cite Soleil – L’Athlétique d’Haïti Soccer Families

Bridge over river of sewage leads to Cite Soleil, Haiti A river of sewage demarcates Cite Soliel from vacant land to its north; symbolic of the regard Haiti’s elites have for the people on the other side. Ostracized, isolated, and crime ridden, the area has been left to fend for itself. Part of Port Au Prince, Cite Soleil has a reputation of being the worst slum in the western hemisphere. Enter Boby Duval. Through his youth development program,  L’Athlétique d’Haïti, Duval has brought hope to thousands of families, children and elderly in Cite Soleil.  Since 1995, L’Athlétique d’Haïti has grown to provide sports training, nutrition, and medical and educational assistance to more than 2,000 children daily. For the majority of them the meal given at L’Athlétique d’Haïti is the only meal they’ll eat that day. Continue reading »

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Soccer in Cite Soleil – L’Athlétique d’Haïti

“A hero is a kid who accepts responsibility to uplift himself in the most adverse conditions, maintains himself, and really does succeed in changing his life.” – Boby Duval

Soccer player at L'athletique d'Haiti, Cite Soleil, Port Au Prince, Haiti

Soccer player at L’athletique d’Haiti, Cite Soleil, Port Au Prince, Haiti

Vision is the ability to look at something and see what it might become.  Boby Duval is a visionary and human rights activist who has fought for social justice all his life. In 1995 he bagan working in Cité Soleil, the poorest, most violent slum of Port Au Prince, Haiti.

There he founded L’Athlétique d’Haïti, an afternoon program for underprivileged youth designed to use sports (mainly soccer) to teach life skills, raise self-esteem, and acknowledge and nurture the dignity of every child. The program was planned to create a safe environment away from the overbearing stress of their harsh living conditions, with it’s walled fields literally providing the kids a place of refuge. Continue reading »

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