The problem to be addressed through this project is stigma. Children with epilepsy in Haiti are excluded from all activities including sometimes schooling. With this project the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance will organise a soccer camp during a period of two weeks during the summer for children aged between 7 to 16, girls and boys with epilepsy regardless of their levels. During this time, the children with epilepsy will be involved in play and learn activities surrounded by well trained soccer teachers, volunteers and medical professionals.
Participants will be taken care of from Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 17h. The daily workouts will be supervised by professional soccer players and AHE volunteers. Trainings will focus on technical-tactical coordination and will be provided in a fun way. The physical portion of the camp aims to educate young people about physical activity. It will also convey the values of mutual respect and openness to others, values that accompany the conduct of all activities. During the educational part of the camp, physician and nurses will teach children about basic hygiene, good eating and sleeping habits as well as answer questions about epilepsy. Volunteers will also participate in cultural activities with the children including reading, singing and dancing sessions.
The project will receive US$5,000 from the Promising Strategies Program.