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2007.10.04

* NBA star returns to his native Haiti to see UNICEF’s work with impoverished children

* 24 Sep 2007

Basketball star Sam Dalembert knows the odds against children like these at the Lakou day center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Poverty, violence, HIV, poor education and a lack of quality healthcare and clean water all take their toll on Haiti’s children. Mr. Dalembert returned home for the first time in eight years last week to see first hand the work of UNICEF in his native Haiti and to connect with young people.

The Lakou center offers street children a refuge from the dangers of their daily lives. It is a place to relax and to learn literacy and vocational skills. But the simple presence of a figure like Mr. Dalembert may be equally important to the center’s children.

SOUNDBITE (French) Father Stra Atillio; Director, Lakou Day Center for Street Children
“These children often have the impression they’ll never be able to change anything, that they’re nothing, worthless. They see someone like them and he says he was barefoot too, someone like them who has been able to go far and to go high. How many times have I said to the young people, ‘you have to aim high and aim far’ and Mr. Samuel Dalembert has come here to say ‘aim high and aim far – you can do it - I did, and you can too.’”

In the hills of the remote central plateau Mr. Dalembert visited of the Zamni Lasanté project. With the support of UNICEF and other partners, the ambitious program offers free, high quality health care and an extensive program of community health and social services in a region where even basic health care is hard to come by. Mr. Dalembert, who has been active with the NBA and UNICEF in the ‘Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS’ campaign, was impressed by the highly successful HIV/AIDS treatment programs and the efforts to prevent mother to child transmission of the virus.

SOUNDBITE (English) Sam Dalembert, Philidelphia 76ers
“The fact that such a small hospital can do something like that in an location like this, imagine many more like that in different locations – it would make such a great difference, so you can see the potential.”

Back in Port-au-Prince’s infamous Cité Soleil slum, students from the St Vincent de Paul Cultural Center’s school greeted Mr. Dalembert. After questions from local and international media Mr. Dalembert took the time to speak to students in his native Créole and even to be interviewed by ten year old Jessica, 5th grader and class secretary, who asked how he felt about visiting her school.

SOUNDBITE (Créole) Sam Dalembert, Philadelphis 76ers
“I am proud to see that despite the difficult conditi

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