One World Futbol Project

The fourth graders have developed a plan to purchase two One World Futbols by the end of the year to send to children in Haiti. Rather than just asking for money and buying futbols that will be sent to children we’ll never get a chance to see, we would like to raise the money ourselves and send the balls to places where we can see the kids who are going to benefit from them. In order to send the balls to a specific location, we needed someone to personally deliver them.  Luckily, in working with my Uncle Bill, we have found a group of people willing to help.

My Uncle Bill recently returned from a trip to Haiti in which he worked with a local ministry. Here is what Bill emailed me when I asked him if he came across any candidates that he felt were worthy of our donation:

“On Sunday we spent the day out at JohnJohn and Kristi’s. He is a Haitian minister and she is a nurse/teacher from Iowa and they met and married in the States and set up a school/church and other broad set of ministries in Haiti under the name of UCI. It was amazing what they were accomplishing there and our church was going to help fund the building of a university on their grounds. They already had K-12 working and were expanding to college and vocational training – primarily agri-business. They also had a program that provided pumps to farmers to bring water up from a river and gravity irrigate crops. Kevin – this is the contact I will give you to send the Futbols to – Kristi said ‘they are like gold here.’ I appreciate you sending items to Haiti – they can really use anything. On our trip to the Citadel, we passed a field where kids were playing soccer with a fruit! They love the game there but really don’t have a lot of balls to play with.”

Our plan is to purchase two One World Futbols to send to my Uncle in Iowa.  He will then pass them on to the youth group in his church because they will be going to Haiti this summer.  The youth group will then pass them on to JohnJohn and Kristi, who will deliver the futbols to children who are sure to appreciate the generous gift of the students from 4A.  They have told us they will send pictures of the children who will receive the futbols, which I will share with everyone.

Our fundraising plan: To purchase and ship two One World Futbols, we will need to raise $56. I am asking students to return cans and bottles from home to the grocery store and bring some or all of the deposit money to school to add in our One World Futbol jar. It doesn’t matter if you bring in five cents or five dollars. The point is to participate in helping another group of kids.  Parents, we would appreciate any help you can offer your children in this process.