This amputee soccer team was created after the 2010 earthquake when hundreds in Haiti needed to have limbs amputated due to severe injuries or wounds that would not heal. Zaryen, the Creole word for Tarantula, is a spider known to carry on despite the loss of a limb. This fitting name describes the passion of the team and their vision to expand its mission beyond soccer. This team wants to send a message of hope to all who are disabled that they can carry on and be successful in Haiti.
Currently, only 2 members of Team Zaryen have a formal job. They are unable to support themselves and are often homeless and hungry. Please donate to help give them skills to support themselves and their families. The sports programs give them a sense of belonging and an opportunity to be successful. The Team Zaryen outreach programs give them an opportunity to work, give back to their communities, and give hope to others.
The Team Zaryen Men’s Travel Team currently consists of 16 players, the Women’s Travel Team has 10 players, and the Kids Team has 6 players. These teams travel throughout the country playing competitive soccer against other amputee soccer teams in Haiti. Club Zaryen is for all people with an amputated arm or leg in Haiti who want to play soccer. Roster and Player profiles coming soon! Learn about their stories, goals and dreams for the future.
How You Can Help
1. Become A Haiti Rehab Project Member
Your membership will go directly to helping pay a players salary for tasks like building rehab and medical equipment and distributing them throughout clinics in Haiti. The team also makes sandals and art to sell to support themselves, their families and the team.
2. Purchase Artwork by Team Zaryen
Players from Team Zaryen create the metal artwork seen here. The paintings are made by local Haitian artists. Proceeds will go directly to Team Zaryen to help the team meets its goals and outreach initiatives.
Got to the Haiti Rehab Project Store – Haitian Art Collection link for prices and to order.
3. Buy Team Zaryen T-shirts
Purchase Team Zaryen T-shirts with proceeds going directly to helping the Team meets its goals and outreach initiatives.
T-shirts are $17 and include shipping fees. T-shirts are available in turqoise blue, light blue, highlighter yellow, highlighter orange, highlighter green, hot pink, gold metal gold, and silver metal gray.
Go to the Haiti Rehab Project Store link – Team Zaryen T-Shirts link to order now.
4. Use Social Media to spread the word about Haiti Rehab Project and Team Zaryen!