“We were not expecting such a wonderful gesture from Portland or anybody else. We thought that one day this day might come. This day was a like dream come true. Before this day we had only one ball to take us to the championship. Now we have six balls on top of that one ball we had. We are extremely happy and say thank you.”
In the red shirt holding the ball is the captain of the soccer team for the village of Lorie, 30 minutes from Cap Haitian, and the north coast of Haiti. He’s one of the 515 people treated in two days in the village of Lorie during a mobile health care clinic, run by the Haitian Caribbean American Organization of Texas: HACAOT. Lead by a seasoned group of military veterans from Texas, and a dedicated crew of doctors, nurses, and clinicians from the upper mid west, 19 Americans came to Haiti for one of the busiest work weeks of their lives.
6 soccer balls were hand delivered this week thanks to the HACAOT mission, and a collaboration between Adam Bacher Photography and the Timbers Army, a fan based charity group for Portland Oregon’s professional soccer team, the Portland Timbers. The Timbers Army donated 24 brand new professional grade soccer balls, and Adam Bacher Photography brought them to Haiti for distribution. Game season for the Lorie team starts in two months, allowing time for the field to dry out (background of group photo below).
When given the balls, team captain, Gary Louis, said:
“We are extremely happy. We were not expecting such a wonderful gesture from the Portland team or from anybody else. We thought that one day this day might come. This day was a like dream come true. Before this day we had only one ball to take us to the championship. Now we have six balls on top of that one ball we had. We are extremely happy and say thank you to them. . . . . we will pray for the team (Timbers) so they can become more successful and be able to help others as well.”
If the Lorie team makes it to the championship they’ll play a 30 game season. One member said, “We are starting to have support. With these balls we have a future.”
Yesterday and today a bright spot shone on a group that couldn’t need it more, with the biggest gift being the healthcare they received the day before. In their best clothes today, many of them were hard to recognize. The need in Haiti is tremendous. I’m quite sure if they had shoes they’d have been wearing them.
Together with local interrupters and a Haitian doctor, the HACAOT mission was to treat as many people as possibly was a tremendous success. For five days the HACAOT team set up and broke down a mobile health care clinic, at sites between a half hour and two hours away. Add two full days of travel on each end, and you get a week which thousands of Haitians and a few Americans will never forget.
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