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Here is an encouraging update from our South African partner Ambassadors Football:

We work towards fueling a movement of coaches as parental figures and mentors. We work to address lack of stable homes and proper parenting through football.

To do this we designed a holistic coaches development process, where we invest life in a handful of mentor coaches, who in turn invest their lives into a handful of coaches, who in turn… This start a movement of coaches mentoring coaches, who then mentor coaches. In this movement players have a stable parental figure (in the male or female coach) and are being mentored. This in turn impacts the family of the player. We focus on this holistic coaches development process over 2-4 years. Investing into the coach through the mentor making strategy in partnership with other organizations and churches working with and encouraging young people.

Thank you for this partnership that enables of to buy equipment for the training of the coaches, that they then use afterwards for their impacting the players.

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Ball Project is thankful for our partners in South Africa & around the world working to strengthen families & communities by helping children play.

4 soccer players in Chennai, India

INNOCENCE MISSION – You Are The Light

And I would like to cry in the car.

The blue violet hills and the voice of Neil Young.

I left the flowers outside your door.

Your curtains were flying

Though you were not at home.

And I can only say that I have hoped for you.

Safety from fears and darkness

Are you feeling better than before?

There’s a hidden life for everyone.

Sorrow remains though you can tell no-one.

The Host on your tongue is a perfect moon.

It does shine inside you.

You shine into the room.

And I can only say that I have hoped for you.

Safety from fears and darkness

Are you feeling better than before?

Down in the hallways in wintertime.

There is your great kindness

And you are the light.

And I can only say that I have hoped for you.

Safety from fears and darkness

Are you feeling better than before?

And I can only say that I have hoped for you.

Safety from fears and darkness

Are you feeling better than before?

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

There is a hidden life in all of the coaches & community leaders that work with children using Ball Project balls & sports equipment. They don’t do it for fame or fortune. They do it for because they love sport, love children, love their community. That is their great kindness.

& I can only say that I have hoped for our partners, for the coaches, for the children & for their communities.

Ball Project is grateful for Don & Karen Paris & Mike Bitts for making such beautiful & hopeful music. Ball Project is grateful for all of our partner coaches & community leaders around the world working faithfully to help 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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