“We wanted to start a team for girls, too, so that they could feel comfortable playing with other girls (and) learn the rules, new techniques and skills as most of them had never played before.”
And, she goes a step further, offering the girls lessons on health education and life skills, as well as team-building activities.
“We started with about 25 girls and within a month had more than 50 girls regularly attending practice. Unfortunately, we had to start turning away girls because we don’t have the resources to accommodate so many girls,” she wrote.
Klarman’s Andover roots remind her that team sports help build character and provide valuable life lessons.
“There aren’t very many opportunities (in Haiti) for adolescents, especially girls, to socialize together and just be kids. Typically after school, they return home to do chores. ...
“One of my colleagues, Taryn Silver of Sharon, and I wanted to provide the girls here in Haiti with those same Andover opportunities. It’s been very well received in the community with lots of people offering to help, attending our activities and watching our matches,” she wrote.
But funds for things like bringing equipment to Haiti, providing water and a snack at practice and paying for transportation are limited.
Klarman is seeking donations to support the soccer program. To make a contribution or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org for her address or check out www.gofundme.com.