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L'Athlétique d'Haiti and SHLF

SHLF has partnered with L’Athlétique d'Haiti to make a difference in the lives of Haitian children

 

Since our inception, the Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation has been researching the best vehicle to fulfill Strachan’s vision of ‘making a difference in the world.’

Besides being a cornerstone in Strachan’s life and development, sport is a proven tool to help achieve goals in education, health, gender equality, child protection and child development. That is the concept of sport for development – that sport is not just an end in itself, but also an effective tool to help improve the lives of children, families and communities.

Through the family of Strachan’s wife, Dr. Chloe Roumain-Hartley, we are proud to have initiated a relationship with L’Athlétique d'Haiti, an organization that provides after-school sports and tutoring for youth from Cité Soleil and Bel Air slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haiti, Chloe’s home, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Plagued by political instability, violence, poverty and environmental degradation, citizens of Cité de Soleil and Bel Air have little to no access to the services and amenities that Canadians consider basic and essential. Out of 1,032 schools in Port-au-Prince, only 4 offer sports to their students. While the law provides for athletic programs, there are neither funds, facilities nor staff to follow-through.

L’Athlétique d'Haiti provides 1,300 children aged 6 through 20 with after-school tutoring, sports and one hot meal a day to youth enrolled in school full-time. In an area wrought with extreme political instability and gang violence. L’Athlétique d'Haiti has thrived for ten years, established infrastructure, provided sports to thousands of youth, and developed some of the nation’s top athletes.

The Strachan Hartley Legacy Foundation will be partnering with L’Athletique d'Haiti in 2008 to help them build capacity to help provide sustainable programs to an increasing number of children and enable them to reach their full potential.

Read the story of Bobby Duval, founder of L’Athlétique d'Haiti.