Mikael Silvestre to Build Vocational Training Center in Haiti

RENNES, France - The soccer player, Mikael Silvestre, former French international, will inaugurate this month, in Haiti, a vocational training center for carpentry, machinery, technology, which is at its origin and intended to help young Haitians after the earthquake.

The Werder Bremen defender (Germany) will meet students from the first promotion (60 teenagers aged 14 to 18, girls and boys) on 14 June in the town of La Croix-des-Bouquets, near Port-au-Prince.

"The goal is to tell them we need them, that the country needs them, because foreign aid is coming but now they really puts the tools in the hands for Reconstruction their countries, through training in various trades, " said the player.

Silvestre, supported by UNESCO since 2005, has already established four similar centers in disadvantaged parts of the world under the label "Schools for Hope" Guinea, Niger, Laos and Senegal.

"I try to restore some of what I received in my childhood because I had the chance to attend school, learn to read, write, and can be formed at the same time football, the things that many children around the world can not do, "he explains.

The project budget, € 170,000, was completed thanks to his personal contribution, with his former partners of Arsenal, Chelsea players and an auction, in Rennes, his first club.

"I became interested in the issue of educating children with the birth of my first daughter and then I contacted UNICEF in early 2000. But with them, the action was sporadic, I did act as a spokesperson. There, with the UNESCO, I am invested in projects from start to finish, "he says.

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Source: Le Télégramme

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