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Peace Day in Haiti

Haiti, September 24, 2010

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    Rain didn’t slow down our Peace Day celebration. This photo shows our talented Moving Forward coordinator, Guivens (in blue), explaining the significance behind having an International Day of Peace. Photo: Kyle Dietrich/Mercy Corps
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    "Nou se chanjman” (We are the Change): The boys’ match had fireworks and passion, showing us how the Haitian under-15 boys soccer team made it to the final at the Youth Olympics in August 2010. Photo: Kyle Dietrich/Mercy Corps
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    These two young girls presented their picture and encouraged youth to choose peace. Photo: Kyle Dietrich/Mercy Corps
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    It’s not only boys that play soccer in Haiti. These gifted girls came from different neighborhoods around Port-au-Prince to play a “friendly” match for peace. Photo: Kyle Dietrich/Mercy Corps
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    Each trained mentor in our Moving Forward project receives one of these sports kits, equipped with soccer balls, Frisbees, a first aid kit, educational materials, t-shirts and other sports materials. Photo: Kyle Dietrich/Mercy Corps

For the past few years, Mercy Corps has been taking part in a campaign to raise awareness of the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21, through sports activities.

On September 21, 2010, Mercy Corps Haiti brought together more than 300 youth from earthquake-affected areas around Port-au-Prince to present their messages of peace and unity through poetry, song, dance, theatre and illustration. Young representatives from different neighborhoods then came together for two friendly soccer matches to promote teamwork and demonstrate the remarkable soccer skills of young Haitians.

This celebration brought together partners of Mercy Corps’ Moving Forward project, which aims to reinforce the psychosocial well-being and critical life skills of underserved youth through sport and play-based activities.

Below are a few photos from the celebration.