Savela Jacques Berenji

Savela examines whether Future Generations Haiti could use sports to encourage a gradual change in the trends and evolution of prejudices between residents of the community of Cite Soleil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Historically, sports games are used as a method of social integration and unification between people from different cultures and walks of life, as well as a way to instill national pride among citizens. Savela bases her theory that sports can help in unifying the slums in Cite Soleil on the thoughts of M. Ban Ki-Moon, who is the Secretariat General of the United Nations. He claims that sports are an essential factor in social change and peace, and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development goals set up by the United Nations. In Savela’s research, questionnaires, interviews, and documentaries were used to access whether the relations between citizens living inside and outside of Cite Soleil could improve due to unification through sports. Sports events between communities can foster psychological comfort needed to boost morale, unify citizens, and break down socio-cultural and economic borders- all circumstances required to pave the way for peace.