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I am on a 2 week trip to visit Ball Project partners, projects & potential partners in India, Nepal, Malaysia & Singapore.

These trips are always exhausting & encouraging. & they are a great way to continue to grow, learn, network & build our relationships & trust with our partners.

Any thoughts, well wishes, prayers &/or good vibes sent my way will be most appreciated.

4 soccer players in Chennai, India

4 soccer players in Chennai, India

Kids in Nepal playing soccer

Kids in Nepal playing soccer

Ball Project is very grateful for our wonderful partners around the world working hard to help children by helping children play.

Several years ago in Africa Ball Project trained a group on how to build effective partnerships. Part of that partnership training was to give each training participant $20 & a soccer ball so that they could go home & start a small project & partnership.

Ball Project recently made a grant to one the participants from that training from Vietnam.

In response, our friend & partner in Vietnam shared a story about how they implemented Ball Project in their own fashion at their trainings.

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Thank you so much for this gift. Your Ball Project is truly a great project.

In Vietnam, 2010, L-one of our coaches was given a ball after a training with Sports Friends’ team. He went back to start a team of children in his village, gather them to play in his own garden every afternoon. He applied what he learned from our training, teaching the kids and developing their character. Few months later, the ball was broken. However, his home (located on a highland area) is too far from the city and he also could not afford to buy a new ball, so L decided to cut the ball, put banana leaves in and glue it back. The kids still played with that banana leaves’ ball another few months until he went to one of our regional leader meeting (L shared his story and P, one of our leaders gave him another new ball).

We very much appreciated your special gifts.

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Ball Project is grateful for our partners around the world working to serve their communities & to help children by helping children play.

1 More Child empowers children vulnerable children in Jinja, Uganda through games, education & mentoring.

In March 2014 Ball Project made a grant to 1 More Child so that they could buy soccer balls for their youth sports programs.

In March 2015 1 More Child sent copies of receipts for the soccer balls that they had bought in Europe & then volunteers had brought with them only this month.

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Sorry this has taken me so long to send to you, but this is one of two invoices as proof your donation went on footballs!  Thank you so much and the boys are now well stocked with the right sized balls.  We had a long time with no visitors, but suddenly had two lots last week. 

Thank you so much for your amazing generosity and please know that there is great joy on the football field! 

Many thanks!

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Partnerships are based on relationships. Relationships are based on time + shared experiences. & effective communication is the lifeblood of partnerships.

All of these things take time. Sometimes it takes a year to get soccer balls where they need to go. & that is fine.

We are grateful for our partners around the world & their work to serve their communities & to help children by 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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