Here is a great update from our partner Last Bell that works in Ukraine:

Last Bell works with about 200 youth every year. Some are only in their teens; others are grown with kids. Our Day Center is open several days a week, and it’s often packed, with youth using every game and piece of furniture in the room! Foosball is especially popular.

Three young men, all orphanage graduates, are part of our Restoration Project crew. They’re apprenticing to learn the home renovation trade while being mentored by our staff. Right now they’re renovating our Day Center, where our foosball, ping-pong, and other games are. It’s an important place to all of them – one even used to rush to the Day Center after every workday was over to make sure he spent time with our staff – and now they’re giving back as part of their job! Our games are a big part of the Day Center’s welcome, making it easy for our youth to be together and get to know our staff and each other. Games make everyone feel comfortable together.

Ball Project helped sponsor some of the games & equipment in the Day Center.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in Ukraine & around the world working to help children play!

Here is a short but sweet update from LYN House, one of our partners in Indianapolis, Indiana:

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In January we started our 4th year of LYN House Basketball. We offer basketball to beginner and intermediate players ages 5 – 10 years old. This year we have over 50 players.

For the first year our intermediate teams get to play different teams at games. We have 6 teams in the league. We used our remaining Ball Project funds to purchase whistles and a new ball pump.

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Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the neighborhood & around the world working (& playing) hard to help children play!

 

Here is an encouraging update from one of our South African partners near Cape Town:

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In the central of our activities is our soccer Club VD Stel FC (3 years running) we had a u11, u9, u8 group plus the seniors team (1st year) in 2018. We are training year round. All the junior teams were in the top 5 of the local league and the seniors won theirs, going up to the premier local division this year.

Our hopes for 2019 is to add a u13 group and expand the senior training group.

The heart of the club is to be a family and home to all. Some of seniors are calling me father and not coach.

Our Club also hosted a huge 410 player tournament. with the help of some students we were able to have enough officials and an outreach item on the program. This will now be an annual event.

We have previously established community teams in areas like De Doorns, Paarl and Worcester which we will keep on supporting in efforts to sustain their teams playing soccer and sport.

Regular holiday camps happen at least twice a year in these communities where we have up to 200 kids attending each day of the 5 day program.

In addition we would like to reach out or re-engage to 2 new communities.
Vredendal: We trained 12 coaches from a college in 2009 which became active coaching for life coaches. The college collapsed, and a church took its place. we were approached by them, 50 senior players and 7 potential coaches (to be trained) want to establish a club and community outreach program.

Saron: In 2018 we assisted an outreach to Saron’s community. the local soccer club asked us to see how we can help them in their community efforts.

Thank you once again for the funding of balls, it helps us serving these guys much easier.

Thank you for being a blessing.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners working faithfully to serve coaches & communities & help 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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