Sakala serves as Cite Soleil’s only youth community center, to develop children and young adults through athletics, agronomy, and education. Founded as a Pax Christi peacebuilding project, Sakala builds people of courage and character, to strengthen the families and communities of Cite Soleil.
Sakala works to the future where every child of Cite Soleil can join positive groups and programs, readily and freely available. We see a future where each of these children chooses a peaceful alternative to armed groups and violence. Sakala seeks to inspire the 150,000 children of Cite Soleil, in a way that one day a new Cite Soleil will inspire a new Haiti.
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Our results in serving the people of Cite Soleil:
SAKALA served 250 members (ages 4-25) and 350 total participants (ages 4-25) at our single location in Cite Soleil during FY2014. SAKALA benefitted from over 100 volunteers, and hosted three external community events per week.
SAKALA After School Program (drop-in): 250 members @ 3 hours per day (including soccer, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, gardening, computer learning center, library), 12 total hours available each day of the week
Educational Scholarship: 100 beneficiaries (school supplies: 250 beneficiaries)
English Class: 25 girls ages 6-10 years
Digital Plantain computer literacy program: 100 children @ 2 hrs per week
Day Camps: 300 youth @ 2 months (including soccer, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong, gardening, computer learning center, library)
Soccer Camps: 250 youth @ 11 months
Outdoor Fieldtrips: 200 hours per year (1 group of 30 participants per trip)
Micro Platform for Peace (MPP): 37 members @ 1 meeting per week and 2 large events per year
Inyon Espotif Kleb (IEK) soccer teams: 6 boys teams = 150 members; 1 girls team = 30 members @ 2 practices per week and 3 games per month
Corps d’Elite leadership/internship program: 12 young adults ages 20-25
Art programs and internship: 5 youth and young adults @ 10 hours per week
Agronomy internships: 2 college students @ 40 hours per week (May-July)
Health/sexual education classes: 30 students @ 1 class per month
Hosting community classes/events: 3 groups per week (ie. boy scouts, school groups, church groups)
Economic Development for Youth (EDEYO): 10 members @ 2 weeks initial training and 1 meeting per week
Volunteers: 100 volunteers total (including 7 coaches, 30 Konbit garden volunteers, arts, classes, maintenance)