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FPV is now DPV

Futbol para la Vida is now Deportes para la Vida, a core part of the youth leadership programs of the DREAM Project based in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. Originally started at Batey Libertad as a partnership with the University of Vermont and Grassroot Soccer, DPV has grown into a nationwide program with support from Peace Corps and funding from their PEPFAR program (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).

DPV DPV currently hosts two facilitator trainings and one National Conference each year for youth leaders and Peace Corps volunteers from across the Dominican Republic. DREAM co-sponsors two additional reinforcement events for active trainers per year. Over 200 facilitators have been trained since 2010, and over 1,400 students yearly receive this powerful course. This nation-wide network of facilitators enables the program to grow into many areas, where health and life decision-making education is much needed.

For more information, contact DPV coordinator Yanlico Munesi Dusdal.

November 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

HIV/AIDS education program expands to Haiti

Coaches Foutbol pou LaviA new “Soccer for Life” program based on Futbol para la Vida, originally developed at Batey Libertad, was recently launched in Haiti as Foutbol pou Lavi by Mercy Corps and Partners in Health.  With the help of Yanlico Munesi Dusdal from Batey Libertad, the program kicked off on World AIDS Day on December 1 in Port-au-Prince.  Foutbol pou Lavi developed from the curriculum originally adapted from Grassroot Soccer, a global leader in sports-based HIV/AIDS prevention education.

The new program has already trained 60 people from around the country to be FPV coaches. Each will work with 40 youth over the next six months. In total, the 18-month project will reach over 13,000 young people in a country where an estimated 2 to 3 percent of the population is infected with HIV — among the highest prevalence in Latin America.

For more information, read “‘Soccer for Life’ Kicks off on World AIDS Day“.

December 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Fulbright Meets FPV in Batey Libertad & Monte Llano

Saludos a todos,

For my first post I wanted to first just quickly introduce myself and my work in Batey Libertad and with Futbol Para la Vida. My name is Chelsea McGuire and I am a Fulbright scholar studying HIV/AIDS health culture in bateyes, primarily in the Cibao and North-coastal regions of the Dominican Republic.

I arrived to the D.R. at the end of August 2009 and have been living in Batey Libertad (also part-time in Santiago) ever since. My involvement in FPV in multifaceted. First, I identified the program as the perfect vehicle for my research. If I was interested in HIV-related health culture, what better way to access that information than to participate with a HIV prevention program that works in the same communities where I am researching? The idea is the take advantage of the fact that a FPV program is something that is noticed, and talked-about by the entire community. It is in those conversations, stimulated by FPV, that people express their opinions, beliefs, and perspectives on HIV, AIDS and health.

My research methods also involve working with local research assistants, who will be participating in what is known as ‘conversational journaling.’   Some of the FPV trainers expressed interest in joining my research team, further connecting me to the FPV program by bringing  them on as my assistants.

Based on these two initial connections, combined with a few great opportunities for FPV that came to me through some of my research affiliations, I took on the role as a volunteer coordinator for FPV during my first 4 months here. As I will describe in the next few blogs, we are now on our way of establishing a partnership with Peace Corps, thanks to some great meetings and demonstrations done by the FPV trainers.  My remaining 5 months I am expecting to take a less active role in the coordination work for FPV, especially since one of our highly experienced trainers, Yanlico Munesi, has expressed interest in taking on more responsiblity in that area. I will be continuing to participate, but will focus more heavily on my research responsibilities to the Fulbright program in the months to come.

Which brings me to my final connection with FPV: the program is also a research target for my study.  As a way of ‘giving back’ to the program, I want to provide a second scientific study that looks at the effectiveness fo the program. Unlike the work Zak Kaufman already completed, I will be conducting a purely qualitative study, using methods such as participant observation, conversational journaling and focus groups. Furthermore, as opposed to focusing strictly on the impact and effectiveness of the program on the adolescents who have participated in FPV, my research will be looking more at the community-wide impact of the program, focusing on adult non-participants.

I will be continuing this series of posts to brief all of FPV and Fundacion de Libertad’s supporters, participants and any other interested-folk on what has been going on with the program in the past 4 months and where we are going in this new year.

Let me finish by saying that it has been a privledge to work with the talented FPV trainers and the FPV staff throughout 2009 and I am very much looking forward to continuing our work together in 2010 and beyond.

Thanks and Happy New Year to all!

January 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm 1 comment

World AIDS Day premiere of new documentary featuring Batey Libertad projects

Please join the University of Vermont travel-study program to the Dominican Republic and the Center for Health and Well-Being on World AIDS Day for the world premiere of:

Cane and Able: Hope in Hispaniola

Chittenden Bank Room (413), Davis Center
University of Vermont
Tuesday, December 1st at 4 p.m.

This new documentary by Fleischer Films highlights ongoing service-learning projects of University of Vermont students and faculty in Haitian migrant communities in the Dominican Republic, including a community farming initiative with Seeds of Self-Reliance and an HIV/AIDS prevention education program with Grassroot Soccer.  Following the film will be a short discussion with UVM faculty Jon Erickson (Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources), Pat Erickson (Animal Science), John Hayden (Plant and Soil Science), and McKew Devitt (Romance Languages) and current and past students from their Dominican Republic classes.

For more information on upcoming January and March faculty-led programs abroad to the Dominican Republic, see:

For more information on the event, please contact Jon Erickson at or 802-656-3328.

November 30, 2009 at 1:47 am Leave a comment

Soccer tournament and fundraiser a big success

While the shoes didn’t come off, and we played in the indoor tennis courts, the 5th Annual “Lose the Shoes” soccer tournament and fundraiser otherwise went off without a hitch despite the cold weather outdoors.  Thanks to Christina Newman and Devon Bryne for organizing what has quickly become a University of Vermont fall tradition.  And thanks to our sponsors, Boloco Burritos, Bruegger’s Bagels, and Eurosport for the good eats and prizes.  All proceeds supported the Futbol para la Vida HIV/AIDS prevention education program, a collaboration of Fundacion de Libertad.

Here’s a short video capturing the day’s events and tying the UVM event to the network of “Lose the Shoes” tournaments happening at college campuses around the country in support of Grassroot Soccer and affiliate programs.

October 4, 2009 at 4:04 pm Leave a comment

5th Annual “Lose the Shoes” Tournament and Fundraiser to benefit Futbol para la Vida

Please join us for the University of Vermont’s 5th “Lose the Shoes” soccer tournament and fundraiser in support of Futbol para la Vida, an HIV/AIDS prevention education program in the Dominican Republic that is part of the international Grassroot Soccer network. This semester’s 3 v. 3 barefoot soccer tournament will be held on Sunday, October 4th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the University of Vermont campus. Join us on the intermural soccer fields near the Patrick Gym for some food, prizes, music and … of course … barefoot soccer. For more information or to pre-register a co-ed team, please get in touch with Christina Newman at If you need convincing that barefoot soccer is a good idea in Vermont in October, just check out picts from past UVM “Lose the Shoes” events: 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st.

September 29, 2009 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

4th UVM “Lose the Shoes” event part of nationwide fundraiser

On Sunday, April 26th, the University of Vermont hosted its 4th “Lose the Shoes” barefoot soccer tournament and fundraiser to benefit Futbol para la Vida, an HIV/AIDS prevention education project in the Dominican Republic and a member of the international Grassroot Soccer network.

The 3 v. 3 tournament missed the beautiful Vermont spring (a 1-day season) by just one day, but futbolistas braved the cold and the wind to play in four rounds of barefoot games, followed by found rounds of single elimination playoffs. The day included a raffle with prizes from Burlington businesses, music, pizza from Papa John’s, and of course a Grassroot Soccer demonstration.

Many thanks to all the UVM students, faculty, and alumni who played (including Achier who came all the way from Boston!). A special thanks to Christina Newman and Devon Byrne who organized the fundraiser. If you’re interested in getting involved with a “Futbol para la Vida” UVM student club and helping to organize our next barefoot tournament in the fall, please get in touch with Christina at

April 26, 2009 at 10:11 pm 1 comment

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