Jaguars’ Marcell Dareus Donates $125,000 to Help Fund School in Haiti

June 28, 2018 | Sports Illustrated

During his second trip to Haiti in the past two offseasons, Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus attended the groundbreaking for a school that will be named after him, according to John Reid of The Florida Times-Union.

Dareus, whose father was Haitian, donated $125,000 through Hope for Haiti to help fund a three-classroom building at the Christ-Roi Primary School of Cammy, according to The Times-Union. Along with the actual building, Dareus’s donation will also help fund teachers’ salaries, get school supplies and establish some of the necessary infrastructure for sustaining education, according to The Times-Union.

“It is one thing to give money to something and hope for the best; it is quite something else to witness your efforts and see the gratitude and thankfulness of not just the children, but the whole community, for doing what you’re doing,” Dareus said according to The Times-Union.

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Jaguars Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus Makes Humanitarian Trip To Haiti

June 27, 2018 | Forbes

Off the field, Dareus is making a difference, too. During his team’s break before training camp he traveled to Haiti, the country where his father was born and lived until his early adulthood. Dareus’ dad, Jules, died from prostate cancer when Dareus was a young boy. His mother, Michelle Luckey, raised him in Birmingham, AL with the help of his grandmother. Dareus’ mom would die of heart failure in 2010. On her death bed, she told her son she wanted him to visit Haiti. Dareus promised his mother he would go there.

This is the second time the two-time Pro Bowler has gone to his father’s homeland. After his first visit he was so touched by the children he met that he knew he would return. He also committed financially to helping them. During his first visit he donated $25,000 and on his most recent trip he gave money again to support children in Haiti. Though his partnership with Hope for Haiti, a charity based in the United States, and a $125,000 donation through his Dareus Foundation he will help to fund a three classroom building for primary school children. Currently they attend daily classes in the small town’s church. In addition to funding the physical building, Dareus’ efforts will help pay for teachers’ salaries and school supplies.

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Marcell Dareus building classrooms in Haiti with $125,000 donation

June 21, 2018

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is on his second humanitarian trip to Haiti, and this time the former Alabama standout brought a $125,000 donation with him.

On Wednesday, Dareus attended the groundbreaking for the Marcell Dareus School Wing at Christ-Roi Primary School in Cammy.

“I’m overwhelmed with appreciation that Hope for Haiti and the Haitian community are welcoming me back with the dedication and construction of a school wing in my name,” Dareus said in a release. “More importantly, giving back to the Haitian children is so important to me because I see myself in them. Meeting the children last time has stuck with me and motivated me to continue to give back and do as much as I can to help them receive the best education possible. …

“This is something I’m extremely passionate about and something I hope will be part of my legacy long after I’m finished playing football. My first trip there was an eye-opening experience for me. There are so many selfless people there who are working to make their lives better. It’s amazing what they’re doing, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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Gulfshore Business Daily: June 20, 2018

June 20, 2018 | Naples, FL

Hope for Haiti has launched a new professional development program in place of its former Next Generation Board. The program, Leadership 360, is a two-year leadership and development program designed for emerging change-makers in South Florida. Featuring learning and networking opportunities, Leadership 360 culminates in a service trip to Haiti. To learn more and apply, visit Applications are open through Aug. 15.

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Jaguars DT Marcell Dareus taking humanitarian trip to Haiti

June 18, 2018 | Florida Times-Union

With five weeks off before training camp opens, Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is bound for the Caribbean to reconnect with his late father’s homeland — Haiti.

On Wednesday, he will see the groundbreaking and dedication of a three-classroom wing that will be named after him at the Christ-Roi Primary School of Cammy. He was scheduled to arrive in Haiti on Monday and will be welcomed by Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jack Guy Lafontant.

“It means the world to me to have an opportunity where I can help out, give a little back,” Dareus said last week. “I can’t change the world, but I can change a life.”

It is the second consecutive offseason that Dareus, 28, has traveled to Haiti. Last year, he met more than 800 children and was struck by the emotions he saw.

Through the Dareus Foundation, he donated $25,000 to the U.S.-based charity, Hope for Haiti. And he’s expected to make another significant donation this week to the charity that serves as an implementing partner for school construction, teacher training, teacher salary subsidies, mobile clinics and back-to-school support for students.

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NFL Star Marcell Dareus of the Jacksonville Jaguars Continues Charitable Efforts in Haiti with Return Visit & Partnership with Hope for Haiti

JACKSONVILLE, FL. (June 12, 2018) – Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Marcell Dareus is set to return to Haiti for the second consecutive offseason and will once again partner with the highly respected U.S.-based charity, Hope for Haiti. The humanitarian trip will see the groundbreaking and dedication of the “Marcell Dareus School Wing” at the Christ-Roi Primary School of Cammy on Wednesday, June 20 in front of school officials and the community.

Along with the dedication of the one block, three-classroom school wing in his name, Dareus, through his charitable Dareus Foundation, will make another substantial donation to Hope for Haiti, which will serve as an implementing partner for the school construction, teacher training, teacher salary subsidies, mobile clinics and back-to-school support for students.

Upon arrival in Haiti on Monday, June 18, Dareus will be welcomed by Haiti’s Prime Minister, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, at the Prime Minister’s private residence before a meet and greet reception with other high-level government officials, Hope for Haiti board members and media members.

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Hope for Haiti Appoints New Member to its Board of Directors

Hope for Haiti announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Brett McNaught as a new member of the Board, effective February 1, 2018.  “Brett’s outstanding experience in helping disadvantaged communities and children will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Skyler Badenoch, CEO of Hope for Haiti. “We are so grateful to Brett for his passion and dedication to improving the quality of life of the Haitian people, particularly children. We appreciate his commitment to serve as a director, and we look forward to benefitting from his judgement and counsel.”

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“Kudos & Kicks: Reviewing the good, bad and questionable”

Naples, Florida (1/19/2018)

Some have chosen to cast aspersions on Haiti because of its conditions and to question why Haitians are allowed to remain in the U.S. after seeking refuge from their homeland.

We’d instead choose to applaud the positive work of Southwest Florida religious organizations and nonprofits that are helping the nation and its people try to lift the future up.

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