Monthly highlights from 2005

December 5, 2005 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

The following are highlights and some photos from a busy 2005 (before we had a blog).

December 2005

November 2005

  • Nov. 27 – Second Anniversary Celebration of Batey Libertad Women’s Group. Thanks Laurie for fundraising!
  • Nov. 16-25 – University of Vermont class to Batey Libertad. Numerous projects by date below, plus the class helped with the new school construction, set up computers for the new lab, and got together with their pen-pals.
  • Nov. 23 – Grassroot Soccer demonstration and soccer match at Batey Caraballo. Thanks to our hosts Sara and Caitlin at the DREAM Project.
  • Nov. 21 – Batey Libertad to the beach! 2 gua guas and 2 mini-vans stuffed full with smiling faces.
  • Nov. 20 – Soccer Tournament at Batey Libertad. Batey Libertad Men’s team win amongst 8 teams!
  • Nov. 19-20 – Two-day youth soccer tournament in Esperanza. Batey Libertad Boy’s team win! Thanks to Essex United Soccer Club for all the donated jersys and soccer balls.
  • Nov. 20 – New York Times story published on labor abuses in bateyes entitled “Immigrant Laborers from Haiti are Paid with Abuse in the Dominican Republic“. Carlito from Batey Libertad quoted.
  • Nov. 18-19 – Batey Libertad Community Health Clinic. Thanks to MAP International and Champlain Valley Urgent Care for medical supplies.
  • Nov. 17 – Grassroot Soccer training and demonstration at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago. Thanks to the Dean of Students for hosting us!
  • Nov. 16 – Batey Libertad fundraiser and seminar by Paola Peacock Villada, GRS/BL summer teaching fellow, at Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA.
  • Nov. 12 – Airing of National Public Radio story on the Batey Libertad’s Grassroot Soccer Program on the weekly sports show “Only a Game”. Have a listen and see pictures of Milanda in action at: www.onlyagame.org/shows/2005/11/20051112_8.asp
  • Nov. 12 – UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources graduate student fundraiser for Batey Libertad. Thanks Brendan, Leah, and Val for an awesome event.
  • Nov. 7 – Dinner Out! Batey Libertad Fundraiser at the Tantra Restaurant and Lounge, Burlington, VT. Thanks to July for making this happen!

October 2005

  • Oct. 8 – Batey Libertad Raffle at UVM Parent’s Weekend Annual A Cappella Concert. Thanks to Nikki for making this happen, and to the Top Cats and Cats Meow for helping us fundraise! Thanks also to the many downtown Burlington businesses that donated items for the raffle, including: Apple Mountain, Ben & Jerry’s, Borders Books, Bruegger’s Bagels, Lindt & Sprungli Chocolates, Olympia Sports, Peace & Justice Store, and Uncommon Grounds.
  • Oct. 7 – Jon and Pat Erickson present “Sustainable Development and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic” at Annual Conference of the Caribbean Institute, Burlington, VT.
  • Throughout the month – Juggle-a-Thon Batey Libertad fundraiser with boys and girls soccer teams of Montpelier, VT public schools. Thanks Nooch and all the athletes for making this happen!

September 2005

  • UVM fundraiser supports trip of Batey Libertad community to 2-day medical specialist clinic in Santiago. Thanks for the ride Ramon!
  • Ben Bellizzi, University of Vermont alumni, begins 8 week trip to Batey Libertad to continue Grassroot Soccer teacher training and youth instruction, teach English language classes, and coordinate plans for computer lab and new school building.

August 2005

  • T-shirt fundraisers at Vermont soccer camps. Thanks Nooch and Ben!

July 2005

  • July 22 – Jon Erickson presents “Grassroot Soccer: Using Sport for Health Education and Social Change” at the Third Biennial Meeting of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics, Tacoma, Washington.
  • Demonstration of Grassroot Soccer curriculum at Batey 6 near Santo Domingo with Vision Mundial project. Yanlico, Milanda, and Wilson from Batey Libertad run the activities with Paola and Kirk Friedrich (Managing Director for GRS) on hand. Covered by National Public Radio (see Nov. 05).
  • Jul. 1-3 – Batey Libertad Community Health Clinic. Thanks to MAP International and Champlain Valley Urgent Care for medical supplies.

June 2005

  • Jun. 28 – Batey Libertad to the beach! Thanks for the ride Ramon!
  • Paola Peacock, Grassroot Soccer/Batey Libertad summer teaching fellow begins 3 month trip to Batey Libertad to train Libertad soccer players to facilitate HIV/AIDS prevention education curriculum and coordinate projects.
  • Jun. 5 – Grassroot Soccer training of BLC volunteers and Africa Teaching Fellows with Kirk Friedrich, managing director of GRS.

May 2005

  • May 13 – Military raid of Batey Libertad (see article on illegal deportations in El Caribe). University of Vermont group commenced an emergency fundraiser to provide immediate support for all the effected families. Thanks to Mary Fobare for the timely donation!
  • Throughout the month – Grassroot Soccer t-shirt fundraiser. Thanks to UVM graduate student intramural teams for outfitting their teams with GRS t’s.

April 2005

  • Apr. 30 – Jon and Pat Erickson present “Grassroot Soccer: Sports in HIV/AIDS Education and Social Change,” at the Batey Relief Alliance’s 3rd International Conference – HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic and Haiti – a Bilateral Challenge, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Apr. 27 – Grassroot Soccer workshop with students from New York City’s High School for Environmental Studies.

March 2005

  • Mar. 18-20 – Batey Libertad Community Health Clinic. Thanks to MAP International and Champlain Valley Urgent Care for medical supplies.
  • Mar. 20 – Soccer tournament at Batey Libertad. Men’s team wins.
  • Mar. 19 – Host BRA Dominicana for a site visit at Batey Libertad Community Health Clinic.

February 2005

  • Feb. 25 – First Annual Libertad Speaker Series kicked off by Michelle Wucker, author of “Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola,” University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Thanks to Michelle for a wonderful visit, and to all our co-sponsors including: Lintilhac Foundation, UVM Environmental Program, UVM ALANA Studies Program
  • Haitian art auction held at the University of Vermont to raise money to build school and health clinic at Batey Libertad. Thanks to all the UVM students for purchasing and lugging the art back from Santo Domingo.

January 2005

  • Jan. 3-16 – First University of Vermont service-learning class to Batey Libertad. Trip milestones included: initiated pilot Grassroot Soccer HIV/AIDS prevention education program; presented results of pilot to Batey Relief Alliance in Santo Domingo; initiated community health clinic program.
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