In early March 2010, following the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in January, the LA Galaxy and the Galaxy Foundation made a humanitarian trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to distribute supplies, deliver soccer equipment and conduct soccer clinics. Former Galaxy player Tony Sanneh was invited to travel to Haiti along with Gloria King, Galaxy Director of Community Development and the Galaxy Foundation. After the visit, the Galaxy Foundation and The Sanneh Foundation partnered to form the Haitian Initiative, a joint project dedicated to providing aid, equipment and soccer-based youth programming to the children of Haiti during the rebuilding process.
Today The Sanneh Foundation continues its commitment to help the children of Haiti. The Haitian Initiative (HI) is a collaboration of partners working together to bring sustainable programs to Haiti using soccer as a catalyst to combat the cycle of poverty. The program is designed to motivate kids to stay in school. Regular school attendance and passing grades are a requirement to participate in the program. Practice and games occur six days a week. After every practice the players receive a hot vitamin fortified meal provided by another Minnesota based organization known as Feed My Starving Children. For the vast majority of HI participants, this meal represents their only meal for the day.