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This is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Guatemala.

bw kids chasing in Guatemala

We thank you for always taking us into account, and supporting our “Victorious” Soccer School where children can be without any charge and only with the joy of participating in training. That has been thanks to the collaboration we have received from you.

We have several cases of children in need of not only economic but also of a hug to listen to them, to give them much encouragement. And that is what we try in our school, to give them that part that all or most of them lack, instructing them in the true journey of life, with a character training every time we meet to train in sport.

She is M, a young lady who started attending since the beginning of our Soccer School, and she has remained even in seasons where she has been the only woman in the trainings of her category, being very quiet she has managed to adapt to boys and training.

She is a lady with a lot of willpower, studies and at the same time works to help her family, being her family from a very poor background and having to help her other siblings, this has never being an impediment to continue training in our Soccer School.

She shared with me her joy and satisfaction of belonging to the School and how this community program has motivated her to continue in the daily struggle, despite the very long road she has to go to get to the Soccer School, she has always been motivated to share with each one of us, and to receive the good news that has also transformed her life. Not neglecting her passion for soccer.

Thanking God for your life and the Ball Project, which with your contribution have made many children enjoy soccer and especially a transformed life.

We truly appreciate your support but mostly, your prayers and encouragement to continue blessing our lives to be able to bless others and bring transformation to our communities.

Here are a few beautiful pictures of some beautiful children from one of our partners in Guatemala:

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Santiago Transforming Lives Center is located in an indigenous area, serving 100 kids weekly providing food twice a week, sport and mentoring.

kidsgames in Guatemala 2017

bw kids chasing in Guatemala

Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the world faithfully working to build communities & help 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

Help children play

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

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