May: Scoring big for Haiti
Plan USA eNews: May 2010
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Letter from the editor
Inspired by recent events in Haiti, Jack, a 14 year-old boy from Massachusetts is proving that people of all ages can stand up and do something meaningful in the face of disaster: I wanted to share with you his story, which provides a great lesson for us all.
After hearing about the medical conditions and lack of medical supplies in post-earthquake Haiti, Jack began to wonder how he could make a difference for children affected by the tragedy. He wanted to do something to raise funds for Haiti's recovery, and build awareness as media coverage starts to fade.
"Goals for Haiti"Jack came up with an idea that uses his love of soccer – a game that transcends culture and language and is loved by people all over the world – to benefit the children and families of Haiti.
This spring, he is asking sponsors and local businesses to pledge $5 for every goal that he scores for his team during this season, which started in April and continues through June.
After coming up with the idea for his fundraiser, Jack did some simple math and figured out that if he gained enough sponsors, he could raise $10,000 – enough money to provide the people of Haiti much-needed medical equipment and medication. His older sister Meghan jumped in to help with the business side of things, so that Jack could focus on the game.
Shalrie Joseph, a player for the New England Revolution, also heard about Jack’s "Goals for Haiti" and stepped forward to support the cause. In addition to sponsoring the fundraiser directly, Shalrie is working with Jack to set up a soccer clinic for local children, the proceeds of which will also go towards Jack’s goal.
So far, Jack has scored three goals. Despite an injury early in the season, he continues to focus his efforts on scoring goals for Haiti, and helping children and families in need.
If you would like to support Jack’s efforts, please visit his "Goals for Haiti" fundraising page. The money raised will be distributed to Haiti recovery efforts through Plan.
Stories from the field
Plan acts as food crisis threatens Niger
Right now, 7.8 million Nigeriens - almost 60% of the country’s population - are facing moderate to severe food shortages due to poor rains and insufficient harvests. Find out how Plan is responding and what you can do to help.
Innovative water system improves lives in Mali
An eco-friendly water supply system installed by Plan now provides clean drinking water to the entire population of Kofèba, Mali. Before the water system was installed, only 11% of residents were able to obtain safe drinking water.
Haiti earthquake update
Children in Haiti return to school
Thanks to your generous donations, Plan helped more than 5,900 kids in 40 schools resume their education last month. See video footage at a Plan supported school showing excited children dancing and singing.
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Plan youth from Haiti featured in Teen Vogue
Stefania, age 15, is one of 25 youth volunteers trained by Plan to help younger children in Haiti cope with the aftermath of the earthquake. Stefania was interviewed by Teen Vogue magazine and is featured in this month's issue.
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May 9th is Mother's Day!
Meaningful gifts for Mother's Day
This Mother's Day, give a gift that will make a lasting difference in the lives of children across the world. 'Gifts of Hope' can be given in your own mother's name or to honor someone special.
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