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Here is a bit of an update from one of our other partners in Chennai India that works in a few of the poorer communities around the city:

“Hello,            

In the month of April and May, we in Chennai where able to reach close to 12 schools and communities through volleyball, cricket, soccer and field hockey. It was the summer break for the kids who study in school.

We were able to provide balls, cones, equipment, nets and other sports material that was needed. It was a joy to provide balls for the boys who enjoy playing.

One story that stands out is the work that has begun in Tirusulam, a community in Chennai which was reached by one of our motivated sport volunteer D.

We were able to coach close to 30 boys in that community providing balls. This community was richly blessed and we were able to bring a big smile in the faces of many young kids.

Thanks for the smile that you put in faces staying miles away!”

Thanks to our wonderful partners & supporters for helping children by helping children play.

After 2 weeks of Ball Project visits in Asia, I am in Florida for a week of meetings with Ball Project partners from Uganda, Jamaica, Nepal, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Dominica, Romania, Niger, Nigeria, Mozambique, Kenya & beyond.

Ball Project is a resource partner with funding for balls (obviously) & essential equipment such as goals, nets, pumps & so forth. We also do our best to connect our partners with coaching & programming experts to help them accomplish their goals in the communities where they work.

Partnerships are simply two or more people or groups working together as a team to accomplish a common vision or goal. Partnerships of this sort are working relationships. Relationships are built over time on trust, communication & shared experiences.

Face to face time is always special. Hearing project & personal updates & learning more about what is working & what isn’t working helps all of us to stay focused & productive. Sometimes we talk about projects; sometimes we talk about sports or family. The important thing is simply talking & listening & getting to know each other better so that we have a better understanding of each other & open lines of communication & growing trust.

For Ball Project & our partners the common goal is to help children by helping children play.

Ball Project is very grateful for our wonderful partners working in challenging situations, usually underfunded & under-resourced simply investing in the children & young people in their communities.

Girl in Chennai India with a soccer ball

Girl in Chennai India with a soccer ball

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.

Help children play

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

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