AMDA Sports Exchange Program in Haiti
AMDA International and AMDA Haiti implemented a sports exchange program for unity targeting the youths of Haiti aged from 11 to 14 years old in Port au Prince, Haiti. The program was conducted for on the 13th and 14th of September 2012 and AMDA HQ dispatched one of its staff for the occasion. Students from the following schools and following teams participated at the games.
1. Fc. Cristophago in red & yellow uniform
2. Fc. AJA (Juvenile) in white uniform
3. Fc. Tigers in black & blue uniform
AMDA HQ sponsored the whole program for the two days including the uniform for the players and coaches. Students clearly showed their competitive and sports skills on the ground and regardless of the hot weather they all enjoyed playing soccer.
Most of these students came from homes that are badly affected by the 2010 great earthquake in Haiti. Some of the players who participated in AMDA's sports exchange program between Haiti and Dominica republic children in 2009 were also participated in this year program under the Fc. Christophago team. They proudly called themselves the "AMDA team".
The program started with a one-minute silence followed by the national anthem and flag raising ceremony. A local musician participated in this program to sing the anthem plus to entertain the players during their break.
Many volunteers came to support the team and help the organizers, AMDA-Haiti. It was clearly apparent from the crowd, how much a Haitian loves soccer; not only by the players but also the on-lookers/ audience. AMDA also provided the food for the players and coaches all in all about 80 mouths per day and twice a day; once before the game begins and then lunch.
At the end of the 2 days program and out of the three teams, Tigers emerged as the champion team. All players (17 per team) received a medal and each team was presented a trophy of various sizes depending on the results. AMDA Haiti members and HQ staff presented the medals to the players and coaches.