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Youth celebrate Soccer for Life

Haiti, May 28, 2012

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Photo Credit: Lindsay Murphy/Mercy Corps

A few kids take it easy during Mercy Corps' Foutbol pou Lavi ("Soccer for Life") activities, which started last December. The program uses soccer to teach young people how to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS; Haiti has one of the highest rates of the disease in Latin America.

In the first several months, coaches have already reached more than 1,100 boys and girls aged 11-16, using soccer drills and games to impart key lessons about prevention, testing and general health during 12 weekly sessions. Public soccer tournaments also provide a safe place for larger communities to access HIV testing and counseling.