Resilience and Courage
The inspirational story of Team Zaryen, a Haitian amputee soccer team born out of the rubble of the January 2010 earthquake, will soon be featured in a documentary film. Healing Haiti’s Children, is an hour-long documentary that chronicles the efforts of the Knights of Columbus and Project Medishare to provide medical and rehabilitative services to the suffering people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake. The documentary was previewed at an international sport and disability conference in London this past June on the eve of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Tens of thousands of people died in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and more than 2,000 Haitians lost limbs. In the aftermath of the quake, the Knights of Columbus joined with Project Medishare to launch the "Healing Haiti's Children" initiative making prosthetic limbs and therapy available to every Haitian child who suffered an amputation because of that disaster. The Knights of Columbus committed $1 million to the program that was administered by Project Medishare. To date, hundreds of children have received prosthetics and therapy through the K of C-Medishare program. The Amputee Soccer team, Team Zaryen, was formed as part of this program to help amputees rebuild their lives and to help remove the stigma associated with being an amputee or disabled in Haitian society.
"Answering the biblical call to help our neighbor, the Knights of Columbus has a long and distinguished history of helping those most in need – including those with disabilities," noted Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. "That, combined with our long standing connection to sports as a means of team building and transcending differences – both in Europe and the United States – made our work in Haiti a natural fit for the Knights."