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Sometimes things just work out.

Recently some friends went to the Caribbean to visit some friends & projects.

It ended up that Ball Project was able to help send 50 Ultimate discs, 20 soccer balls, 50 baseballs & some air pumps to Cuba.

Ball Project is always thankful for our friends & happy to help children play.

 Cuba boy with ball

Cuba boy with ball on beach

I am home from a great week of meetings with partners from around the world.

Lots of updates, lots of conversations, lots of Five Guys, lots of Starbucks. I am always amazed by the universality of coffee culture, even though I only drink tea. But as I always say, you can’t spell TEAM without TEA.

I left the time encouraged by the exciting projects our Ball Project partners are developing in Romania, South Africa, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Niger & beyond.

Our key partners in Guatemala are working to take the photography & life skills program The Viewfinder Project into juvenile detention centers & old age homes.

One of our key partners in Nigeria is building relationships & new partnerships by lending out books like Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson’s “Rework” & Todd Henry‘s “Die Empty.”

A key partner in Uganda is bringing solar power to homes, schools, health clinics & churches in remote villages that do not have electricity.

Key partners in Dominica & Jamaica are working with a bankrupt sport manufacturing company to buy high quality soccer balls at a steep discount to empower youth sports programs in the Caribbean.

I am also working on connecting some Caribbean partners together in Haiti later this year.

As usual, I am grateful for & inspired by our amazing partners working diligently & creatively to help children by helping children play.

Future footballers in South Africa

Future footballers in South Africa

 

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.

Ball Project soccer clinic Chennai India

Ball Project soccer clinic Chennai India

Nou Hope boys playing soccer with a lime in Haiti

Nou Hope boys playing soccer with a lime in Haiti

Help children play

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

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