How a Prize-Winning Boxer Fought for Haiti

The popular boxer André Berto, who hasn’t forgotten his roots, comes to the rescue of victims

Andre Berto
Photo @TheRealAndreBerto

By Débora Montesinos, HIPGive contributor

The strength of Haiti’s people is impressive. The devastation caused to the country by a powerful earthquake of seven degrees on the Richter scale in 2010 has been followed by new earthquakes and destruction due to other natural disasters like hurricanes; and because of man-made actions like economic instability.

However, despite the hardships suffered, Haitians persevere and do everything possible to move on and recover from those hard tests they’ve been subjected to. Within that daily struggle they know they are not alone and have the support and solidarity of other nations and celebrities.

One of them is the former boxing champion André Berto, who hasn’t forgotten his ancestors and roots, and devotes part of his time, popularity, and resources to bringing food and medicines to prevent diseases caused by natural disasters.

Andre Berto
Photo @TheRealAndreBerto

This October, after the category four hurricane Matthew, the boxer—who was born in Florida in 1983—traveled to Haiti bringing more than just smiles for the devastated population. He also spearheaded a social media campaign to ask for donations to help the locals.

He shared images of the time he spend with dozens of Haitian children and families. The presence of the American-Haitian boxer served as a reminder that, no matter how many times you get knocked down, the important thing is to get back on your feet and recover.

Berto traveled along with members of the Jack Brewer Foundation, which over the years has supported Haiti and helped communities affected by natural disaster survive and recover.

The World Boxing Council (WBC) shared Berto’s activities in Haiti after the state of emergency, which included the distribution of thousands of medications collected during a campaign for support.

Andre Berto
@TheRealAndreBerto

“The moment I saw that Haiti had been hit by a hurricane I knew I needed to travel there as soon as possible,” Berto said in a WBC post. “The people of Haiti are fighters; but the harm caused by this disaster is huge and they need the most support possible.”

“I’m very happy to work with the Jack Brewer Foundation to show the Haitian community that they’re not alone during this reconstruction process.”

The prize fighter’s message on his social network is even more eloquent, where he concludes that though from outside Haiti looks like a hurt country, to him what stands out is hope.

Andre Berto
Photo @TheRealAndreBerto