I am on my way to Asia to meet with partners in Nepal, Singapore & hopefully more.

It is never easy leaving family & friends at home. Thankfully 2 friends from the Ball Project Advisory Team are coming along.

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As usual, the focus of the trip will be to meet with new & old friends & partners & see some projects & scout for new opportunities, as well as, find out what is working & what isn’t.

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It is always good to be with partners face to face on the ground where we can share a coffee or meal, talk, listen, encourage & learn from one another as we work together to help children play.

Here is an encouraging update from one of our partner Last Bell in Ukraine that works with orphans & their children.

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Thanks for providing play equipment for orphanage graduates’ children!

We work with about 500 orphanage graduates per year, about half of that closely. Many of them are parents. Our recent Ball Project grant purchases were used to purchase balls, sports equipment, and climbing/play equipment both indoors and outdoors at the Shelter, our crisis housing facility for young moms. We finished renovating the Shelter late last year, and since then it’s been full of children whose moms needed someplace safe to live!

These kids love playing together at the Shelter. Many of them were in terrible, unsafe living situations with no way to play. Now they play like other children using balls and the other equipment.

Ball Project is thankful to have so many amazing partners around the world working to help transform their communities & to help children play!

Here is a short but encouraging update from one of our partners in India:

Close to 30 volleyball students regularly attend coaching in the nights. Young men and women are much encouraged through this process of teaching sport and life.

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35 cricketers have been meeting 5 times a week in the last 6 months and learning sport and life values. Every week the cricketers on taught on a special story highlighting the importance of living by good values during sport and in life.

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This is a great example of how committed volunteers & coaches can impact young people.

Ball Project is grateful to work with so many dedicated partners around the world helping their communities & helping children play.

Help children play

“Give me a ball and I’ll have a thousand kids chasing after it.” –Solomon, Kenya

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