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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.

Here is another update from another partner in Nigeria.

Dreams Alive Academy Nigeria teams 12.2014

Dreams Alive Project Nigeria teams 12.2014

Dreams-alive Project is a multifaceted community based organization working among disadvantaged people in Nigeria with focus on youth and children.

Part of our effort to bring hope is using the opportunity that sports provides us to engage children and young people in life transforming training sessions on the field of play. We run academies (Dreamster Academy) in 3 communities; Masaka, Orozo and Angwan Ahmadu. We currently have 150 kids in these locations. We train Monday – Friday, setting aside Wednesdays for life discovery sessions.

We have a kid at our Masaka center, who is 14 years. He is such a notorious kid in their neighbourhood such that no one wants to associate with him. He leads a gang of other teenagers who were much older than him, and their pride trade is breaking into peoples homes to steal and beat up any one who tries to reason with them. Somehow he found his way to train with other kids at our academy. Today, there is a miraculous transformation in his life as he has broken free from his old friends and has stopped all the vices with which he was known. His parents had previously given up on him but now, he is a “changed child” as attested to by his parents.

He is just one among the many stories of change taking place in the lives of the young people that we engaged with through our work in the communities we are present.

We also engage church and community leaders through training on how too effectively use sports as a tool for transforming lives and communities.

The balls we get from Ball Project have greatly contributed in no small measure in making our work much more impactful. Doors were opened to us, relationships were developed, trust was built and lives being transformed. Thanks for helping us to learn, work and grow.

We are grateful for our partners around the world helping children by helping children play.

 

 

4 players in Chennai

4 players in Chennai

Here is a great recent update from one of our Indian partners located in the city of Chennai.

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Winter in Chennai only means that kids love to play more and more. It’s that time of the year when kids can play for long hours without having to worry about the sun, heat and sweat that will tire them. Many young boys have come forward to play soccer recently. We have been coaching close to 40 boys around the prison area in Chennai, India.

We have been giving them a good chance to play in tournaments which has been a big encouragement for the young boys. They live in communities where the young boys are not often given chances to play when the senior boys play. Most of the younger boys who get coached have not played in tournaments and are coached well. Through the “Ball Project” program we are able to provide opportunities.

This season we have also been teaching the value of serving and giving through soccer. Perhaps, no one has ever taught them before that giving and sharing are values that will build people and communities. It has been very satisfying teaching these young boys these values and in turn building young lives that will change communities.

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Ball Project is very grateful for our partners who help children by helping children play.

Going for a goal in Chennai

Going for a goal in Chennai

Help children play

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

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