Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean

Sports Gift has distributed sports equipment to over 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The poverty is severe in many countries in this region. Our gifts include orphanages and other youth programs where the children are facing significant challenges. Below are some of the stories from the Latin America and the Caribbean region:

2013

Argentina

Partner Organization: Sports Gift Volunteer Family
Items Donated: 42
Children Impacted: 40+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls and soccer uniforms that was donated by a family that volunteers their time with Sport Gift. While on a trip to Argentina, the family donated the soccer equipment to children in Argentina.

Belize

Partner Organization: Believers World Outreach Missions
Items Donated: 169
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, basketballs and other sports equipment was donated to the children of Sand Pedro, Belize; Sports Gift has donated to this program on multiple occasions. 40% of Belizean children live below the poverty line. There is a very high AIDS rate in this area, and many children only have one parent. This sports equipment went to a VBS for the children and daily soccer games.

Belize

Partner Organization: Full Gospel Church of God
Items Donated: 309
Children Impacted: 135+
This gift of sports equipment included uniform team sets, soccer balls, baseball mitts, baseballs, and goalie gloves. This program sets out to help at risk kids and young adults avoid drugs and crime. This is an island community, and the people that work here make about $15/day. There is rampant drug use, crime, theft and poverty. This program does a variety of outreach programs such as home building and community teachings. The sports equipment would be essential in spreading the gospel at sporting events.

Costa Rica

Partner Organization: Calvary Chapel High School
Items Donated: 60
Children Impacted: 80+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls and practice pennies. The barrios of this community are full of poverty, drugs, alcohol and prostitution. There is rampant racism and elitism. This organization will be holding a soccer tournament for impoverished children, as well as a VBS, medical clinic, and beach games.

Dominican Republic

Partner Organization: Athletes In Action
Items Donated: 107
Children Impacted: 130+
This gift of sports equipment included baseball gloves, baseballs, bats, and other sports equipment. Athletes In Action worked with University teams and youth teams in the community.

El Salvador

Partner Organization: The Crossing Church
Items Donated: 78
Children Impacted: 700+
This gift of soccer equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, shin guards, cleats and other related soccer equipment. This equipment was used for outreach, and this program served the entire community through a local church. The community is in Las Dalicias, El Salvador, which is very impoverished. For instance, there is no running water with very small homes with dirt floors.

Guatemala

Partner Organization: More Than Compassion
Items Donated: 175
Children Impacted: 70+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, footballs, baseball mitts, baseballs, batting helmets, jump ropes and other sports equipment. The supplies were donated to a school and orphanage in the city of Huehuetenango.

Guatemala

Partner Organization: Athletes In Action
Items Donated: 102
Children Impacted: 250+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, practice pennies, jump ropes, baseballs and other sports equipment. The supplies were donated to youth programs in Guatemala City.

Guyana

Partner Organization: Peace Corps.
Items Donated: 299
Children Impacted: 130+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, soccer cleats, practice pennies, jump ropes and other sports equipment. Approximately 2,600 people live in the remote village Wakapoa and some families live in traditional grass huts. Cooking is done on firesides. The average family has 8 children and it is hard for parents to afford basic items such as clothing, school supplies and sports equipment. The sports equipment is being used to provide organized sports for the children in this community.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Cross to Light
Items Donated: 949
Children Impacted: 2,000+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniform sets, soccer cleats, shin guards, cones, playground balls, Frisbees, soccer nets, basketballs, referee flags, running shoes, warm ups, t-shirts, track uniforms, basketball jerseys and basketball shorts. This is a gospel message ministry that has a Bible Training Center which provides training and relief aid to the people of Port au Prince. Over 1 million people in this region live in tents as a result of the earthquake. 80% of the population are either orphaned or widowed. These people are homeless and spend most days looking for food. This program networks with local churches and orphanages to provide relief aid distribution, teaching and outreaches. People with Cross to Light share the gospel, distribute aid and pray with locals.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Kids Around the World
Items Donated: 63
Children Impacted: 5,000+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, shin guards, soccer balls, t-shirts, running shoes and many other kinds of sports equipment. Sports Gift has donated to this program to a large extent on multiple occasions. The mission of this program is to provide hope to children where there is little reason to hope. The sports equipment was donated to Haiti, to an orphanage just outside Port-au-Prince. The orphanage is called Love A Child, and they have a main center near Port-au-Prince, and several satellite locations with smaller children’s homes and feeding centers.

Honduras

Partner Organization: Action Humana de la Luz Eterna (AHLE)
Items Donated: 227
Children Impacted: 80+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, cones and other sports equipment. This program provides relief to house, feed and educate abused, neglected and orphaned boys in Honduras. These boys have been orphaned and the sports equipment is used to offer organized soccer for the boys.

Jamaica

Partner Organization: Athletes in Action
Items Donated: 45
Children Impacted: 50+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs and other sports equipment. The program provides basketball clinics for children in Jamaica at orphanages and schools

Mexico

Partner Organization: Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa
Items Donated: 82
Children Impacted: 150+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer cleats, soccer jerseys, goals and other sports equipment. The community of Maneadero has very poor living conditions. This program organized a soccer tournament for the children and carnival.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Capo Beach Calvary
Items Donated: 74
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, and other sports equipment. This sport equipment was used in Baja Mexico orphanages, mostly at the homes but some on organized teams. These children are either orphans, homeless, come from abusive households, extreme poverty and other circumstances.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Sumba Foundation
Items Donated: 347
Children Impacted: 150+
This gift of sports equipment included playground equipment, soccer uniform sets, cones, soccer balls, basketballs and Frisbees. The sports equipment was donated to a rural school in Baja California Sur.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Harvest Christian Fellowship
Items Donated: 328
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included a soccer uniform set, soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, soccer cones and pumps. The mission of this organization is to share the gospel and administer God’s love to people in need. This equipment will be distributed to the Lily of the Valley orphanage. The goal of this organization is to rescue abandoned and destitute children in Tijuana, provide them with shelter and an education and the love of God. This sports equipment will go directly to the kids in an orphanage.

Nicaragua

Partner Organization: Lighthouse Church
Items Donated: 64
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, footballs, sportswear and other sports equipment. This program distributes sports goods to youth programs in Nicaragua. Most live in small villages of ~250 and the poorer communities subsist on about $3/day.

2011

Belize

Partner Organization: Believers World Outreach Missions
Items Donated: 406
Children Impacted: 200+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, basketballs and other sports equipment was donated to the children of Sand Pedro, Belize; Sports Gift has donated to this program on multiple occasions. 40% of Belizean children live below the poverty line. There is a very high AIDS rate in this area, and many children only have one parent. This sports equipment went to a VBS for the children and daily soccer games.

Belize

Partner Organization: Full Gospel Church of God
Items Donated: 297
Children Impacted: 135+
This gift of sports equipment included uniform team sets, soccer balls, baseball mitts, baseballs, and goalie gloves. This program sets out to help at risk kids and young adults avoid drugs and crime. This is an island community, and the people that work here make about $15/day. There is rampant drug use, crime, theft and poverty. This program does a variety of outreach programs such as home building and community teachings. The sports equipment would be essential in spreading the gospel at sporting events.

Brazil

Partner Organization: Open Arms Brazil
Items Donated: 241
Children Impacted: 500+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer cleats, soccer balls, cones, and jersey uniform sets. The goal of this organization is to meet the emotional, physical, and academic needs of children and their families that live in communities at high risk for drug and alcohol addiction, prostitution, violence and abuse. This program works to develop extra curricular programs that work to develop character in at risk children, develop children imagination and love for literature, arts and sports and promote social skills and emotional wellbeing. This equipment is going to Assis, which is a rural region but plagued by problems such as illegal drug trade, criminals, addiction, robbery, kidnapping, and prostitution. The living conditions of these children are very poor, and there is rampant poverty, abuse, and homelessness. This organization provides a home and way of life for these kids through soccer and other activities. The soccer equipment will impact the children that really need a nice gift from someone who cares for them. This soccer equipment will be used to host soccer camps for at risk children.

Colombia

Partner Organization: Athletes in Action
Items Donated: 80
Children Impacted: 150+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, soccer balls, whistles, ball pumps, and a flag football set. Athletes in Action is a group with Campus Crusades for Christ that sends teams of college athletes to compete overseas and spread the message of Jesus Christ. This team will be going to Columbia to compete and encourage local teams. The local teams lack many resources.

Costa Rica

Partner Organization: Believers World Outreach
Items Donated: 253
Children Impacted: 80+
This gift of sports equipment included playground balls, soccer balls, uniform sets, ultimate Frisbee kits, jump ropes, pumps, and metals. The barrios of this community are full of poverty, drugs, alcohol and prostitution. There is rampant racism and elitism. This organization will be holding a soccer tournament for impoverished children, as well as a VBS, medical clinic, and beach games.

Costa Rica

Partner Organization: Peace Corps
Items Donated: 47
Children Impacted: 60+
This gift of sports equipment included volleyballs, soccer balls and an ultimate Frisbee set. The mission of the Peace Corps is to promote world peace and friendship. The community of Colorado de Biolley is rural and small, and very distant from any modernity. The sports equipment will go to school children and locals that want to participate in a sports team. Their living conditions are very minimal; there are no recreational facilities or extracurricular activities in the community. This program sets out to minister to the children by working with a local pastor and through showing Gods love and compassion through prayer and activities.

Costa Rica

Partner Organization: Portantorchas
Items Donated: 225
Children Impacted: 90+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, goalie jerseys, soccer balls, shin guards, playground equipment and coaching kit. This sports equipment was given to a poverty stricken orphanage and school where underprivileged children go. This community is located in southern Costa Rica near San José, capital. The sports equipment went to the orphanage and also to the outreach program to go out to other villages. Costa Rica

Partner Organization: Reaching the Hungry
Items Donated: 105
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included Frisbees, pennies, soccer balls, cones, basketballs, playground balls, soccer jerseys and a clipboard. The goal of this organization is to mobilize churches to put their faith into action by providing opportunities to serve the physically and spiritually hungry around the world. The people in the communities that this team is serving are extremely poor. There are many children in orphanages in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

Partner Organization: Softball Salon Para la Familia
Items Donated: 152
Children Impacted: 40+
This gift of softball equipment included softballs, jerseys, shirts, mitts, bats and other related softball equipment. The mission of this program is to develop the possibility for involvement in sports without regard to age, gender or ability in an environment of respect and camaraderie. This program seeks to reach various low-income neighborhood communities-between 40 and 50 children. They worked in the metropolitan area of Cost Rica but they hope to spread their reach throughout all of Costa Rica.

Dominican Republic

Partner Organization: Christ Community Church of Milpitas
Items Donated: 343
Children Impacted: 200+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, baseballs, bats, helmets, jerseys and other sports equipment. They went to the town of Boca Chica, just outside Santo Domingo. They came in contact with about 100 families as well as a Haitian refugee camp which houses several families. The locals in Boca Chica are very poor. For example, they live in 'siding' houses with dirt floor. The children do attend school, but are very desperate for food and clothing, as well as any luxury items. Therefore, this sports equipment was a great gift for them.

Dominican Republic

Partner Organization: International Youth Initiative
Items Donated: 342
Children Impacted: 1,000+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, cones, soccer balls, uniform sets, clipboards, air pumps and jump ropes. This organization was designed to empower the younger generations to lead global community change. The main goal is to restore hope for youth and their families. Volleyball equipment will go to Marua, which is a poor industrial community where most individuals are factory workers, own corner stores, or are unemployed. Most children lack positive role models, mentors, quality education and medical care, preventing them from becoming productive adults. Sports are particularly important to these youth because they provide an escape from their overwhelming life circumstances and an affordable means of recreation. Sports also help keep kids out of the growing drug trade violence in this region. This equipment will also go to Santo Domingo, which is home to many dysfunctional families such as teen mothers and domestic troubles. This organization also works to develop character and life purpose in the youth prison system in the DR, and uses sports to promote character building and values.

Dominican Republic

Partner Organization: Ninos de la Luz Ministry
Items Donated: 467
Children Impacted: 300+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniform sets, soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, cones, a first aid kit, Frisbees and cleats. This church's mission is to put impoverished people in touch with God. They rescue children from the streets and provide a safe family environment for them to grow up in. They teach life skills to older orphans that have been emancipated. All of the teachings are biblically based and focus on discipleship.

Dominican Republic

Partner Organization: Ace Wireless
Items Donated: 6,225
Children Impacted: 5,000+
This gift of sports equipment included baseball helmets, catchers gear, bats, bags, wiffle balls, cleats, hats, mitts, batting gloves, pants, baseball jerseys, baseballs, coaching shirts, t-shirts, warm ups, soccer jerseys, tennis rackets, belts and nets. Sports Gift has donated extensively to this organization on multiple occasions.

Ecuador

Partner Organization: Coast Hills Community Church
Items Donated: 391
Children Impacted: 130+
This gift of soccer equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, shin guards, cleats and other related soccer equipment. This is a community church that took 31 high school students to Ecuador to do sports and construction in the jungle. They went to Shandia in Ecuador. It is highly rural jungle community, no phones or electronics. The community is about 500 people, and most of them have not left the jungle. They live in raised huts and many of them sleep on the floor.

Ecuador

Partner Organization: Manny Mota Foundation
Items Donated: 1,436
Children Impacted: 2,000+
This gift of sports equipment included bats, mitts, gloves, shin guards, balls, t-shirts, warm ups, cleats, belts, jerseys, pants, running shoes, socks, helmets, bags, hats and catchers gear.

Ecuador

Partner Organization: Ace Wireless
Items Donated: 1,270
Children Impacted: 1,000+
This gift of sports equipment included batting helmets, bats, catchers gear, soccer cleats, tennis rackets, basketballs, warm ups, basketball shorts, basketball jerseys, baseball jerseys, volleyball jerseys, volleyball shorts, soccer jerseys, t-shirts, shin guards, running shoes, baseball cleats, baseball pants, baseball jerseys, hats, soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs and cones.

El Salvador

Partner Organization: The Crossing
Items Donated: 231
Children Impacted: 200+
This gift of soccer equipment included balls, uniforms, shin guards, cleats, cones, pennies and other related soccer equipment. This equipment was used for outreach, and this program served the entire community through a local church. The community is in Las Dalicias, El Salvador, which is very impoverished. For instance, there is no running water.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Black Social Work Association of Cal State University East
Items Donated: 421
Children Impacted: 400+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, pennies and air pumps. The goal of this organization is to provide assistance, advocacy, and fight for social justice in communities where the people have been disenfranchised and disempowered. They will be sending professors and doctors to apply their skills to assist the people of Haiti through current struggle and strife.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Calvary Chapel
Items Donated: 421
Children Impacted: 300+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer cleats, jerseys, water bottles, shin guards, t-shirts, uniform sets, socks, volleyballs, equipment bags, basketballs, soccer balls, playground balls, footballs, ultimate Frisbee sets, cones, bags and Frisbees. This mission trip went to Haiti with the goal of helping the earthquake victims and sharing the love of Jesus. The town where this equipment is going is extremely poor; many people live in tents and most homes have been destroyed. The water is filthy and many are dying of cholera.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Children of the Nations
Items Donated: 1,040
Children Impacted: 5,000+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, baseballs, baseball uniforms, gloves/mitts and other sports equipment. This sports equipment was shipped to the Dominican Republic then Haitian pastors distributed to the most needed areas in an orderly manner. Currently, the Haitian children are traumatized and play therapy is very helpful. Soccer and baseball are popular sports, and the equipment helped many children in surrounding Port-au-Prince area.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Cross to Light
Items Donated: 3,337
Children Impacted: 2,000+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniform sets, soccer cleats, shin guards, cones, playground balls, Frisbees, soccer nets, basketballs, referee flags, running shoes, warm ups, t-shirts, track uniforms, basketball jerseys and basketball shorts. This is a gospel message ministry that has a Bible Training Center which provides training and relief aid to the people of Port au Prince. Over 1 million people in this region live in tents as a result of the earthquake. 80% of the population are either orphaned or widowed. These people are homeless and spend most days looking for food. This program networks with local churches and orphanages to provide relief aid distribution, teaching and outreaches. People with Cross to Light share the gospel, distribute aid and pray with locals.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Delta Ministries International
Items Donated: 203
Children Impacted: 150+
This gift of soccer equipment included uniforms, goalie jerseys, soccer balls and cones. One of this program's priorities is to provide wholesome after school activities for children who have no home and nowhere to go. They worked in Cabaret, a town about 30 minutes outside of Port-au-Prince. There is a tent city that was initially supported by Samaritan's Purse. The local pastor is trying to build a school for the children in the tent city.

Haiti

Partner Organization: International Youth Initiative
Items Donated: 173
Children Impacted: 1,000+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, jerseys, cones, pennies and other sports equipment was given to a community just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This community had substantial damage after the earthquake and is home to several tent cities. Most youth are poorly educated, not in school, belong to jobless families, homeless, and living in extreme poverty. Through developing a basketball program and in the future, a youth soccer league, this program aims to bring hope and vision to the most desolate of situations.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Kids Around the World
Items Donated: 2,592
Children Impacted: 5,000+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, shin guards, soccer balls, t-shirts, running shoes and many other kinds of sports equipment. Sports Gift has donated to this program to a large extent on multiple occasions. The mission of this program is to provide hope to children where there is little reason to hope. The sports equipment was donated to Haiti, to an orphanage just outside Port-au-Prince. The orphanage is called Love A Child, and they have a main center near Port-au-Prince, and several satellite locations with smaller children's homes and feeding centers.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Promise Child
Items Donated: 2,575
Children Impacted: 3,000+
This gift of sports equipment included running shoes, t-shirts, soccer uniforms, soccer balls, basketballs, footballs and other sports equipment. This program worked with Calvary Chapel Caneille which is located in Caneille, Haiti which is a rural community in a remote, mountainous area in the Central Plateau of Haiti. There is no electricity or running water. The poverty is extreme. Children have few social activities or diversions to enjoy. However, the children love soccer and there are several teams in the area that play for enjoyment. Some play barefoot on an open field, sometimes putting on adult men socks to give the appearance of real soccer team apparel.

Haiti

Partner Organization: The Global Mission
Items Donated: 158
Children Impacted: 130+
This gift of soccer equipment included soccer balls, pumps, referee uniforms, flags, cones, whistles, uniform sets, basketball nets and Frisbees. This program is targeted at the residents of Croix-des-Bouquet, which live in cement blockhouses with many members inside or tents. Most are unemployed and many were severely affected by the earthquake. Many families cannot afford to send children to school, so they are kept at home cooking, cleaning and caring for siblings. This program holds a VBS and trains hundreds of local pastors to initiate a spread of Christianity nationwide. They also try to provide clean water to the local community and create reconstruction projects to give jobs to the unemployed.

Haiti

Partner Organization: U2U
Items Donated: 214
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of soccer equipment included uniforms, goalie jerseys, balls and other related soccer equipment. This program collects soccer uniforms and equipment and distribute to redevelopment projects that it has relationship with. The soccer equipment was given to the island of Lagonave off Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There are devastated communities, and the equipment was donated to orphanages, schools and hospitals.

Haiti

Partner Organization: Unto Others Ministry
Items Donated: 427
Children Impacted: 200+
This gift of sports equipment included uniform sets, soccer balls, baseball bats, equipment bags, ultimate Frisbee sets, pennies, cones, footballs, soccer cleats, baseballs, mitts, baseball jerseys, pants and shin guards. This organization feeds, clothes, helps and loves people in order to share Christianity with them. Haiti has been severely impacted by natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, and suffers from violence and corruption. People are often naked and live in tent cities, and sit around hungry, scared and bored everyday. This program goes from tent to tent sharing Jesus with families and praying with them.

Honduras

Partner Organization: Ocean Hills Community Church
Items Donated: 283
Children Impacted: 200+ This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, playground balls and other sports equipment. This church had a mission trip to the island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras. Their goal was to reach out to people through humanitarian aspects such as sports and medical needs. They went to the city of Helence. A river that separates it into two parts splits the island of Honduras. Helence has no roads, no running water and no electricity. The entire population of the area is around 1,000 people, and it is an extremely poor community.

Honduras

Partner Organization: Peace Corps
Items Donated: 235
Children Impacted: 55+
This gift of sports equipment included cones, soccer balls, basketballs, uniform sets, soccer cleats, whistles, clipboards, referee items, air pumps, and Frisbees. The goal of this program is to provide the youth of Municipo with safe places to play sports. Thereby decreasing the growing threats of violence, poverty and drugs. This city only has 2 paved roads and frequent blackouts in electricity. This city lacks a sewage system or regular trash collection. This situation is growing increasing dire as there is a dysfunctional education system, growing crime rate, drug trafficking and youthful population. It has an increasingly high murder rate and the education system is on a perpetual strike. A very small percentage of students go to secondary school and an even smaller proportion goes on to university. This organization aims to relate life goals to soccer and utilize lessons from the bible to instill values and success within children.

Honduras

Partner Organization: UCI Global Medial Brigades
Items Donated: 525
Children Impacted: 700+
This gift of sports equipment included team uniform sets, soccer balls, cleats, pumps and extra jerseys. The goal of this project is to provide healthcare, toys and school supplies for poor children that would better their childhood. These communities lack many resources and are very far from cities so residents much walk for days to arrive at destinations. Many homes rely on outhouses and wells for water. Some homes are made of brick, but many are many from whatever material people can find. Sports Gift has donated to this organization on multiple occasions.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Athletes in Action
Items Donated: 94
Children Impacted: 50+
This gift of sports equipment included baseballs, mitts, batting gloves, footballs, kicking tees, clipboards, air pumps, bats and flags for football set. AIA sends teams of college athletes to compete in impoverished countries and to spread the love of Jesus. This team is going to Peubla, and the athletes will play local teams and give their equipment away before they leave.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Corazon de Vida Foundation
Items Donated: 572
Children Impacted: 750+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, running shoes, basketballs, footballs and other sports equipment. This sport equipment was used in Baja Mexico orphanages, mostly at the homes but some on organized teams. These children are either orphans, homeless, come from abusive households, extreme poverty and other circumstances. This program has supported 9 orphanages in Tijuana and 5 in Ensenada mostly with food, water, utility, education, medical and housing.

Mexico

Partner Organization: El Nino
Items Donated: 118
Children Impacted: 600+
This gift of sports equipment included playground equipment, soccer uniform sets, cones, soccer balls, basketballs and Frisbees. El Nino is an extremely poor area and was hugely affected by the El Nino storms in 1997. Children rarely attend school because of the cost of tuition and most roads are unpaved. Due to the efforts of local churches, there has been progress in making this society more modernized, for instance weekly trash pick up has been implemented. This program provides children with money for school tuition, a uniform, school supplies, and shoes, in order to promote education.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Fellowship Builders
Items Donated: 324
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, soccer uniform sets, whistles, first aid kits, playground equipment and jump ropes. This program has missions in Mexico with 40 children, teenagers and young adults. It is a 450-acre ranch in Baja California. It provides Christian ministry to poor people.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Foundation for his Ministry
Items Donated: 161
Children Impacted: 125+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, baseballs and other sports equipment. This program has missions in Mexico with over 200 children (babies-teens). It has an asphalt playground that, with equipment, could be better used for volleyball and basketball. It also has a large grass area that can be used for soccer and baseball/softball.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Grace Outreach
Items Donated: 536
Children Impacted: 350+
This gift of sports equipment included running shoes, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, basketballs, baseballs, mitts, footballs, playground balls and other sports equipment. This sports equipment was donated to Rosarito, Mexico to small colonies surrounding Rosarito that have recently formed youth teams in a league and do not have any uniforms or equipment. Most children live in shacks and have never had a uniform of their own because their parents struggle to provide the basic needs of food and shelter. The teams recently formed and are playing on Sunday afternoons in a league that was approved by the city and is being run by the Youth Pastor at Calvary Chapel Rosarito.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Harvest Christian Fellowship
Items Donated: 87
Children Impacted: 12+
This gift of sports equipment included a soccer uniform set, soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, soccer cones and pumps. The mission of this organization is to share the gospel and administer God's love to people in need. This equipment will be distributed in a boys program supporting teenage boys in rural Mexico.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Lily of the Valley
Items Donated: 437
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included uniform sets, soccer jerseys, shin guards, soccer cleats, cones, soccer goals, clipboard, first aid kits, air pumps, basketballs, soccer balls, ultimate Frisbee kits, bags, playground balls and footballs. The goal of this organization is to rescue abandoned and destitute children in Tijuana, provide them with shelter and an education and the love of God. This sports equipment will go directly to the kids in an orphanage. It is in an urban part of the city. There are parks and sport centers, but the kids cant afford the high rates these centers charge to practice sports.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Promise Child
Items Donated: 89
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of equipment included soccer cleats and running shoes.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Rosarito Beach Christian Church
Items Donated: 464
Children Impacted: 250+
This gift of soccer equipment included balls, uniforms, shin guards, cleats and other related soccer equipments. This program has reached out to the community of Baa, Mexico to help supply needy children with some basic needs. The living conditions are from middle class to extreme poverty. Many of the families are a one parent family usually the mother, and most of the living conditions are very poor. These children receive no gifts or toys except through donations.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Saddleback Church
Items Donated: 190
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, pennies, cones, jump ropes and other sports equipment. This program worked with 2 Purpose Driven churches in Ensenada, Mexico-La Vina and El Gran Rey. Both areas are of low socioeconomic status. Part of their time in ministry was spent in introducing the five purposes to the children of the community through soccer clinics.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Sasare Wanzando
Items Donated: 372
Children Impacted: 520+
This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, baseball bats, pants, batting gloves, baseball mitts, baseballs, wiffle balls, t-balls, bases, helmets, jerseys, soccer, uniform sets, soccer balls, pumps, Frisbees, bags and soccer cleats. This organization was designed to assist schools and start an economic development project. There is 80% unemployment in this region. This equipment will be used in schools and after-school programs.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Transformación Urbana Internacional, A.C.
Items Donated: 156
Children Impacted: 150+
This gift of soccer equipment included uniforms, goalie jerseys, balls, cleats, cones and other related soccer equipment. This program has offered young people ages 12-25 meaningful recreational activities, mentoring, life skills training, psycho-spiritual development, leadership training, while helping them implement community improvement projects. The program is in the process of starting a street soccer league that will significantly increase the number of youth involved in that project.

Mexico

Partner Organization: Vista Assembly of God
Items Donated: 348
Children Impacted: 300+
This gift of sports equipment included baseballs, bats, gloves, soccer uniforms, t-shirts, running shoes and other sports equipment was given to Tijuana, Mexico. This area is very poor and giving these underprivileged children sports equipment help them have an interest in sports and keep their mind occupied instead of going out in the streets and cause harm to themselves. Tijuana is known for being a high risk city, and this program believes that with being a blessing they can see that there are still people out there that want to help instead of trying to hurt them.

Nicaragua

Partner Organization: Bring It Promotions
Items Donated: 680
Children Impacted: 500+
This gift of sports equipment included baseballs, bats, mitts, baseball jerseys, hats, soccer uniforms, soccer balls and other sports equipment. This program distributes sports goods to youth programs outside of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. There about 10,000 inhabitants in the areas just south of the tourist center of San Juan del Sur. Most live in small villages of ~250 and the poorer communities subsist on about $3/day. This program works primarily with the people from Las Delicias, "Container," El Carizal, and Escamaquita which comprise somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000 people with children spread over about 10 schools of various sizes.

Nicaragua

Partner Organization: Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa
Items Donated: 683
Children Impacted: 250+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, cones, soccer cleats, team uniform sets, shin guards, baseballs, baseball mitts, bats, batting helmets, catcher's gear, ultimate Frisbee sets and pennies. The goal of this mission trip is to serve the community, the church, the refugees and the people of Nicaragua. The equipment will go to Managua and Leon, and will be used in street festivals and in a team working with refugee children.

Nicaragua

Partner Organization: Just Hope
Items Donated: 392
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included uniform sets and soccer balls. This program focuses on sustainable development in Santa Emilia, for instance by installing a water system and supporting the local clinic. Santa Emilia is a community in the mountains. Most residents work on coffee plantations, which only allows them to work a few months out of the year. They also work for subsistence wages, meaning that these people are some of the poorest people in this hemisphere. By helping these people have better lives, and then proclaiming Gods love as the reason for it, this program acts as a missionary for God.

Nicaragua

Partner Organization: Kids Around the World
Items Donated: 398
Children Impacted: 1,000+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, uniform sets, shin guards, soccer cleats and t-shirts. The goal of this organization is to provide safe play equipment for children that have a hard time 'just being a kid'. Very often children are victims of economic stress, natural disasters, and war. This program embraces these children with the love of god by providing playgrounds, community support, nutritious meals, and leadership training programs.

Panama

Partner Organization: Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa
Items Donated: 563
Children Impacted: 400+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, baseballs, baseball mitts, basketballs, volleyballs and other sports equipment. Their mission trip to Panama was with a team of high school students, and was designed to give them an opportunity for practical ministry by serving the community, the church, and the people of Panama. They worked in Panama City, Chorrerra and Los Mortales, and most of their outreach was to a fairly poor group of people including a local orphanage, two fire stations and a street children program in Curundu.

Panama

Partner Organization: Global Business Brigades at UCLA
Items Donated: 295
Children Impacted: 100+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs and other sports equipment. The business brigade volunteers went to the Island of Niadup in the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. The community has about 200 inhabitants and about 40% are children. In the afternoon, the community enjoys participating in a wide range of activities, especially sports. They are excellent volleyball, soccer and basketball players and organize daily games.

Panama

Partner Organization: Global Law Brigades at UCI
Items Donated: 194
Children Impacted: 180+
This gift of sports equipment included jerseys, footballs, soccer balls, kicking tees and air pumps. The mission of this organization is to empower volunteers to facilitate sustainable solutions in under resourced communities while fostering local cultures. This is a very rural area. Sports gift has donated to this program on multiple occasions.

Suriname

Partner Organization: Peace Corps
Items Donated: 93
Children Impacted: 15+
This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniform sets, soccer cleats, soccer balls, cones, air pumps, and jerseys. Most access to the Aucan village is by boat. A road was built last year but it is not passable in the wet season. These residents are the decendants of African slaves who escaped captivity and established a community in jungle interior. These people are currently subsistence and commercial farmers. The commercial side of the farming provides only enough money to buy the most basic goods and services. They cannot afford infrastructure improvements such as improved water, electricity, sanitation facilities or road construction. Many kids drop out of school and begin working at age 10-12.