In January 2014 the Move Forward dance- and basketball program was launched in Kenscoff, a community on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Thanks to the crowd-funding campaign and a staff who was willing to work on a voluntary base, we were able to set up our first program. Move Forward partnered with the Haitian organization AJVPH and had the support of the staff of Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO).
The kick-off program ran 10 days from January 10th – 19th and was facilitated at EFACAP, a local public school. 100 Teenagers were recruited from 3 public schools by our local partner organization. The train-the-trainer sessions took place during the weekend of January 6th-9th, 2014. The Move Forward project consisted of 6 international MFH members, 5 local coaches, 25 local volunteers and 1 international filmmaker.
Goals and Objectives
The Goals and Objectives of the program included the following:
Move Forward Haiti’s kick-off program in January 2014 was a success. The training environment fostered the values of teamwork, discipline and talent development. With this programmatic concentration and an overall focus on community building, empowerment, learning and fun, all participants were provided with a variety of experiences they will not soon forget.
In response to the follow up questionnaire distributed one month after the program, teens reported feeling proud of their accomplishments, feeling they had a better understanding of the discipline they received training in, and had developed a desire to continue dance or basketball.