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This is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Zambia about the power of play in personal & community transformation:

Here is a story that started with much ignited passion to develop young leaders in Africa prior to World Cup 2010 In Africa.

Before World Cup 2010, we trained and mobilized a lot of coaches, community, and church leaders on how to bring out Whole Life coaching and train young leaders to be fathers of the continent.

We have a number of leaders still developing young leaders and restoring the fatherhood and motherhood in the families through Whole Life coaching.

For some of us, Whole Life coaching became a life style. We decided to walk a journey with coaches and players to attain the desired goals.

From Play to Transformation:

Some of the Coaches and Players we have been walking with have made huge impact in their communities by multiplying leaders and values in the young people. A good example is Mpulungu Youth, a whole life coaching sports and discipleship initiative  that have seen about 40 boys proceed from Division 3, Division 2 and now have qualified to go to Division 1 after topping the leagues.

The team has become a role model among the 48 Football Association of Zambia registered clubs in the Northern Province.

‘We are impressed by the Mpulungu Youth boys, They have displayed both sportsmanship and Christmanship in and off the field, they therefor deserve to proceed to another level,’ Mr Mwansa K.

The 40 boys have been self-reliant to support the movement by doing various micro businesses to supplement to personal lives and the life of sports. They sell:

  • Eggs
  • Sausages
  • Fish
  • Cassava
  • Soft drinks
  • Charcoal
  • While others run Barber shops and saloons
  • Others keep Chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits and grow vegetables.

Helping Coaching others Kids.

10 out 40 have received either E or D  Fifa licenses and have gone  through Whole Life coaching and mentoring training. And some are coaching U 17, U 15, U 14, U 12, U 10 and Girls Soccer teams respectively.

160 Community Coaches involved in 200 villages with around 3,000 young people impacted per year.

Dream:

I really saw the dream. With the few boys modeling it, we are very excited to see how the vision will be unfolding.

Ball Project is thankful for all of our partners working faithfully to build their communities, transform lives & help children play.

Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in the Tampa area of Florida, USA:

When the pandemic hit a year ago it seemed like the whole world shut down.

As a team we tried to think of creative ways to continue to engage our students in fitness online. Unfortunately it didn’t really work. They disengaged with the zoom world and it was hard to build relationships with them when we couldn’t meet in person.

But we felt like we were supposed to continue on. So we offered bodyweight Totalfit fitness classes online and opened it up to our entire community, not just to the students we were trying to mentor. We had several join who had minimal experience to fitness training. Since it was online we had several join from all over the US and even other countries simply to learn the model and strategy we were using with fitness. That group formed a bond that continued past the lockdown restrictions and began meeting in person, and eventually starting using weights and other equipment.

It has been awesome to see the two young adults that had minimal experience persevere and continue with the program even though it was hard and outside their comfort zone, and now voluntarily workout extra days during the week on their own to grow in their overall health. They are even starting to help facilitate the group from time to time.

With us being back in the gym consistently, Ball Project has provided some much needed cardio equipment as well as yoga mats, jump ropes and boxing gloves that are used every week. Not only have I seen significant growth physically in each participant, but there has also been significant mental, emotional and spiritual growth as we are diving into life lessons every week and have even committed to memorizing wise sayings weekly.

One of the members of the group has also decided to use the gym and fitness as a strategy to connect with our homeschool students in the neighborhood and will workout with them 2-3 days a week and study with them afterwards. It has really been a huge blessing to have this space and the equipment provided by Ball Project and can see how this continues to work in all of our hearts to conform us more and more into who we were made to be. Thank you for your gifts and generosity.

Ball Project is thankful for all of our partners working faithfully to build their communities & help children play.

We were able to donate balls to our academy players during the lockdown for their self training and are being mentored by our coach.

We have started the work at new location in partnership with local team there. We have seen significant change in the lives of two boys specially S and A. They were very rough in their behavior and wouldn’t listen anyone or could be tamed. It has been almost 3 months now of our regular coaching and with love and guidance they have changed now. The boys now show good behaviour, are disciplined and play along with the rest of the team.


We were able to donate a ball at Nawalpur to one of our camp associate female coach who is now coaching 20 young girls at her village.


We were also able to donate 3 balls at remote village of Lalitpur where the young boys come to play though the field is very rocky.


We have been able to continue to mentor our senior players from academy and build good relationships with them.


Through Ambassadors we have been able to impact the lives of children and coaches and indirectly the families too.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in Nepal & 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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