“Life is ambiguous. There are loose ends. It takes maturity to live the ambiguity & the chaos, the absurdity & the untidiness. If we refuse to live with it, we exclude something, & what we exclude may very well be the essential & dear – the hazards of faith, the mysteries of God.” – Flannery O’Connor

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Ball Project is aware that life is ambiguous & complicated. We are very thankful that people are working on tackling the big issues like poverty, violence, homelessness & more. At the same time, we think small & simple solutions can also help. & that is why Ball Project focuses on trying to help children play. It may not clear up ambiguity or solve the big problems – but it might help & won’t hurt.

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“Deep & simple is far more essential than shallow & complex.” – Fred Rogers

Ball Project partners with all kinds of organizations: coaches, teams, leagues, schools, orphanages, churches & more.

Here is a very encouraging update from one of our Prochorus partners in Kayamandi, South Africa:

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Unakho is the day care centre for differently abled children in Kayamandi. The centre started in 2009 and since then has strived to create a safe place for children who don’t always have a place in other schools. Unakho is currently the only preschool for children with disabilities within Kayamandi and Stellenbosch. C, our Principal, has been there from the start and she is such an example of unconditional love to these precious children. She is very passionate about these children and has learned so much over the past years. She has been through extensive training and courses to work with children with special needs. Khanysiwha, the assistant has also been trained to work with children with special needs. Ongoing support and regular training are provided by the CSPID team from the Western Cape forum for intellectual disabilities. Senecio, an organization that specialise in working with children with disabilities also visits Unakho on a regular basis for extra support, encouragement and training. Unakho also forms part of the Stellenbosch Disability Network in Stellenbosch. It is a network within Stellenbosch that strives to advocate for people with disabilities. We aim to work closer with other organizations that also work with children with disabilities to create more opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.

This year has been a good year, but as always it has been a challenging year. Working with children with intellectual, physical and physiological disabilities can be very challenging and draining.

Through the years C has gained so much understanding and knowledge about children with disabilities that she has also started to teach and support the parents to help and assist their children in the best possible way. She strives to assist families with the journey with their children.

In 2018 Unakho hosted 12 children. Some of the disabilities include Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD as well as two blind children. We strive to provide the children with the best possible care, stimulation and teaching. Some children are not able to speak, so communication cards are used to communicate with them. Most of the children move on to Dorothea, a Primary School for differently abled children in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch after been at Unakho. Dorothea always testifies that the children from Unakho are well prepared for school. Three of the children from Unakho will graduate from Unakho and move on the Dorothea in 2019.

We have used the funds donated by the Ball project to these projects by buying educational toys, balls and other educational needs. Thank you very much for your support. We appreciate it a lot.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners serving their communities to help children play.

Here are a couple of pictures from a volleyball clinic & a soccer clinic in India:

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BP India soccer clinic 2 2019

Ball Project is thankful for our partners & donors working to help children play!

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

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