I am back home again in Indiana & back at work. It was good to go & good to be back.

The trip to South Africa was very encouraging. We met with 2 new partners & about 5 old partners.

It was great to get time with old & new partners to share stories & find out what is happening & what is working & what isn’t.

We met our partner from The Warehouse at the great Mess Cafe & ran into a former partner who we have been out of touch with for too long.

Our partner from The Warehouse used a Ball Project grant to help resource the Cape Town Ultimate league with new flying discs.

Ball Project Ultimate Frisbees Cape Twon

a couple of Cape Town Ultimate’s new flying discs

4 soccer players in Chennai, India

4 soccer players in Chennai, India

The big idea behind Ball Project is simply to help children play.

Ball Project helps children play by helping get balls & sports equipment to community leaders & coaches around the world.

Ball Project partners help children play in Africa, Asia, Europe, North & South & Latin America, & the South Pacific. Ball Project partners help children play in orphanages, prisons, refugee camps, rehab centers, schools & community leagues & clinics.

A decent soccer ball can cost anywhere from $6 in Mozambique to close to $80 in the South Pacific.

Ball Project is volunteer led & made possible by the support of our partners & donors.

Check out The Power of Play to learn more.

& obviously, Ball Project is grateful for our partners around the world working to improve their communities & to help children play.

Child at Musha Wevana children's home in Marondera, Zimbabwe, kicking one of their old "soccer balls" made from plastic bags.

Child at Musha Wevana children’s home in Marondera, Zimbabwe, kicking one of their old “soccer balls” made from plastic bags.

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I leave soon for 10 days in South Africa.

It is always hard to leave family & friends at home. Thankfully a member of the Ball Project Advisory Team is coming along.

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. & hopefully we will be training some coaches & community leaders from around South Africa, Africa & the world as well.

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 to help children play.

SCAS Ball Project balls in the back of Ruby.6.2014

Help children play

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

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