Meet Yves Bruno, our Haiti program soccer team coach and recreational therapeutic programs leader. Yves was born and raised in Petite-Riviere-de-Nippes, Haiti and started as a soccer coach at You Care. We Care. in the beginning of 2018 when our residential program was first founded. Due to the lack of job opportunities in rural Haiti, coaching soccer was Bruno’s first paid job at the age of 40.
“I was excited about the opportunity to support my family, make my community proud, and be able to help children,” says Yves.
Shortly after joining our team, Yves’s talent and passion for working with children became evident and the soccer program quickly expanded into a therapeutic coaching model. In addition to coaching the soccer team, Yves helped our kids learn how to read and write and spent many hours teaching the children leadership and social skills one on one and in small groups.
“Soccer is incredibly important in Haitian culture. Both boys and girls begin playing at a very young age. I think it’s wonderful to introduce other important life skills, like teamwork and problem-solving, through soccer. It’s a way to teach and heal our kids in a creative and fun way,” Yves continues.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved and schools have closed in Haiti and around the world, Yves and our soccer program have become a crucial part of keeping our kids happy and healthy- both physically and mentally. Every day, our kids express how much they enjoy their one-on-one coaching sessions with Yves and small group soccer drill time. In our eyes, this service is truly essential.
Alongside coaching, Bruno serves the community by volunteering to teach children and adults in Petite Riviere De Nippes to read and write. Recently, he has also created a small healthcare education-based group for children in our program and children in the community to learn about hygiene and how to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
“You Care. We Care. finds so many ways to support the local community. The organization has provided jobs to locals like me and resources to families. That has made a huge difference. It’s wonderful to see positive changes in my hometown and the overwhelming support for our organization.” Yves concludes.