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Here is an encouraging update (& a wonderful picture) from one of our partners in Bangladesh:

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We are working with different like-minded organizations and prefer partnership. Especially this we had an opportunity touch indigenous and Rohingya community children. We had some sports program with them. Also we distributed some balls to help them playing with their friends.

They enjoyed very much and excited. We hope to see them again.
Thank you to remember us.

Ball Project is grateful for our partners around the world working to help their countries & to help children play.

 

 

I am on my way to Africa to meet with partners.

It is never easy leaving family & friends at home. Thankfully 2 friends are coming along.

 

Future footballers in South Africa

The focus of the trip will be to meet with new & old friends & partners & see some projects & scout for new opportunities. Hopefully one of the practical outcomes will be to 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 a great update from one of our partners in Egypt:

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We run two soccer academies. One is in a particular local community and was started 15 years ago. Because of the audience we are able to do lots of leadership training both with the players and parents. Our soccer academies have expanded to seven cities around the country and have approximately 5,000 participants each year. Most age groups meet twice per week in the summer and range between 5-21 years old.

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Our other academy is open to everyone. It is in its third summer and currently has close to 100 participants. We combine training with character and value lessons and provide a leadership development training. This academy meets three times per week in the summer (twice per week in the winter). Our goal with this academy is to enter the competitive league later this year with selected players which will increase our scope and influence.

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We want to influence whole families and one of our strategies is to organize father/child matches. Most fathers spend the majority of their time out of the home and don’t have strong relationships with their children. These matches (and the father/child camp we run) help foster better relationships.

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May of our players tell us they notice a difference in the atmosphere of our academy compared to others they have attended. They recognize we care about them as more than just athletes. One mother told us she thanks God all the time that she found our academy for her daughter because we have been such a good influence on her.

Thank you for helping to resource our academies. You have helped us get closer to our goal of having one ball for every athlete during practice.

Ball Project is grateful for our partners around the world encouraging & impacting families & communities as they 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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