Protect the Children's Future (PCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in rural areas of Haiti through education, soccer, and social services.
PCF provides educational, health-related and social services to disadvantaged children in rural areas of Haiti. In addition, we facilitate access to such services where access is lacking, and assist other organizations (domestic and international) that are working to promote the welfare of PCF’s target population. Our current programs: Soccer. Currently we provide economically disadvantaged boys and girls with an opportunity to develop their character as well as their soccer skills in a structured environment under the guidance of qualified adult soccer coaches, who are given supplemental training. We have three soccer programs, one in Miragoane, one in Corail Lherisson, and we just started a new program in Petite Riviere de Nippes. We provide training for their local coaches and equipment (shin guards, cleats, uniforms and balls) is supplied to the children at no cost, but participation in the program is contingent upon their academic performance. Education. We provide full scholarships (covering tuition, exam fees, textbooks, school supplies, meals and uniforms) to needy children of all ages, enabling them to attend primary or secondary school. These children typically are orphans or have unemployed parents who cannot afford the cost of education, which is not free in Haiti. Clothing. We distribute shoes and clothing to needy families. The shoes – which afford protection against dangerous parasites that can infect those who walk barefoot – are donated by the U.S.-based charity Walk in My Shoes. The clothing is donated by supporters in the U.S. Toys. We provide simple toys as seasonal holiday presents to needy children, most of whom have never owned a toy before. Vocational Training. PCF plans to broaden the scope of its services in the near future to offer vocational training to disadvantaged adolescents who are forced by circumstances to drop out of school. This training would provide them with a means of livelihood. Leadership Program. One of PCF's goals for the summer of 2013 is to start a leadership program for high school students based on the methodology of Models of United Nations.
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Featured PCF projects in urgent need of support: PCF is partnering with Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., to sponsor a week-long soccer camp in the Haitian town of Anse d'Hainault in July 2014. One hundred middle-school students will receive training in soccer skills and compete in a soccer tournament. Holy Trinity parishioners will be on hand to help with the camp and to conduct English conversation classes for interested students throughout the week, and local coaches will receive training to continue the soccer program after the camp is over. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PCF is creating a community computer learning center in the Haitian town of Corail Lherisson, whose 3,100 citizens have no access to computers. So far, we’ve managed to procure 56 laptop computers and secure donated premises for the center, but we still need additional computers, as well as solar panels, batteries and inverters to supply electricity – plus projectors, headphones, a scanner, a small copy machine, a DVD player, educational materials (including language DVDs and CDs) and other supplies.
December 22, 2013 Dear friends of PCF: With the end of the year approaching, we would like to thank you for your generous support of Protect the Children’s Future (PCF) over the past 12 months. Thanks to donors like you, we accomplished a great deal during that time, improving the lives of disadvantaged children in rural areas in Haiti in multiple ways: • We provided full scholarships (covering tuition, exam fees, textbooks, school supplies, meals and uniforms) to 65 needy schoolchildren living in the town of Corail Lherisson, an extremely disadvantaged rural community with no household water connections, no electricity and virtually no employment possibilities. The children we helped, ranging in age from 6 to 12, have unemployed parents who can’t afford the cost of education, which is not free in Haiti. • We initiated the “HaitiMUN” leadership program, conducting a four-day train-the-trainers activity to prepare 39 high-school faculty advisors in Miragoane and Corail Lherisson to teach their students the skills they need to debate in the Models of the United Nations (MUN) format and become community leaders. We also provided each faculty advisor with a manual to help them train their students. • We continued our boys’ and girls’ soccer programs in the town of Miragoane. Initiated in 2012, these programs provide economically disadvantaged children with an opportunity to develop their character as well as soccer skills in a structured environment under the guidance of qualified adult coaches. Equipment (shin guards, cleats, uniforms and balls) is provided at no cost, but participation is contingent upon the children’s academic performance. A total of 65 boys and 20 girls participated in 2013. In addition, PCF held one soccer tournament in Corail Lherison that involved 65 children, and sent two soccer coaches from the U.S. to Haiti. These coaches, who paid their own way, trained PCF’s local coaches, met with the players’ parents, conducted practices, ran a soccer minicamp that was attended by 65 boys and girls, and met with the members of a soccer club in Petite-Riviere de Nippes that had requested assistance. • We provided food, clothing, shoes and toys for children in Ramier, a small, impoverished community that includes children and adults with physical disabilities. • We distributed more than 300 pairs of shoes to needy children through the national school in Corail Lherisson. The shoes – which afford protection against dangerous parasites that can infect those who walk barefoot – were donated by the U.S.-based charity Walk in My Shoes. • To help counter a recent downward trend in Haitian schoolchildren’s ability to write and spell, we cosponsored a spelling bee organized by local schools in Miragoane, providing dictionaries and other educational prizes for the contestants. • We initiated a project to create a community computer learning center in Corail Lherisson, whose 3,100 citizens have no access to computers. We procured 56 laptop computers for the center and secured donated premises, but are still in need of additional computers, as well as solar panels, batteries and inverters to supply electricity for the center – plus projectors, headphones, a scanner, a small copy machine, a DVD player, educational materials (including language DVDs and CDs) and other supplies. PCF’s goal is to serve as many disadvantaged children as possible in these Haitian communities, and to eventually branch out to the country’s other underserved rural localities. But without your help, we may not meet these goals. Your contribution will make a world of difference in the lives of the children we assist. You can donate online at www.protectchildrenfuture.org or mail a check (payable to Protect the Children’s Future Corp.) to P.O. Box 1167, Bowie, MD 20718.Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or comments. We can be reached by telephone at (301) 538-5153, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support. Sincerely, Harry Gray President
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Our PCF coaches from Miragoane, Corail Lherisson, and our new program in Petite Riviere de Nippes recently got invited to participate in a coaches training program put on by G.O.A.L.S. Haiti and Coaches Across Continents in January! It will be great experience for our coaches and great exposure for our program! Just got word last night that we are registered and ready to go!
Found out some great news today for PCF...we just got word that we are going to be given some equipment and shoes for the kids in Corail Lherisson and Miragoane from US Soccer Foundation!