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.