In having a fundraising focus for January, the boys in Merton House did just this, and learnt about an innovative sports programme supported by Children on the Edge in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Haiti is a desperately poor country. According to UNICEF one in five Haitian children have no access to clean water. Since the earthquake in 2010 many children have ended up living rough on the streets where they are forced to depend on the kindness of strangers, making them vulnerable to traffickers and violent gangs.
The boys at Glyn School spent the entire month raising money for boys their own age, living in the slums of Port-au-Prince. The programme they were raising money for provides football coaching, support and counseling. As the children gain a sense of belonging through team sports, they also have access to education, learn from positive role models and are provided with a food package after each practice session to take home.
The amount raised by Merton House is enough to fund 819 children for a week’s worth of football coaching and food parcels. The Glyn boys used various ideas and events to reach their goal. These included a a sponsored silence, a sponsored 'Keepy Uppy' on the school field, a day spent with uniforms turned inside out, the hosting of a fiercely contested cross bar challenge and the running of a chess and X Box clubs for a week.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Merton house for their contribution, and will be keeping them posted on what their money has achieved. Find out more about our work in Haiti, and think about donating to the project.