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Here is a great update from our partner Last Bell that works in Ukraine:

Last Bell works with about 200 youth every year. Some are only in their teens; others are grown with kids. Our Day Center is open several days a week, and it’s often packed, with youth using every game and piece of furniture in the room! Foosball is especially popular.

Three young men, all orphanage graduates, are part of our Restoration Project crew. They’re apprenticing to learn the home renovation trade while being mentored by our staff. Right now they’re renovating our Day Center, where our foosball, ping-pong, and other games are. It’s an important place to all of them – one even used to rush to the Day Center after every workday was over to make sure he spent time with our staff – and now they’re giving back as part of their job! Our games are a big part of the Day Center’s welcome, making it easy for our youth to be together and get to know our staff and each other. Games make everyone feel comfortable together.

Ball Project helped sponsor some of the games & equipment in the Day Center.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in Ukraine & around the world working to help children play!

Here is a nice thank you note from Last Bell, one of our partners in Ukraine:

last bell thank you card front 12.2018

last bell thank you card back 12.2018

Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the neighborhood & around the world helping children play.

 

Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Ukraine.

Last Bell provides mentoring and help for orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. When orphans begin having children of their own, they need a lot of help! Our Shelter Crisis Facility takes in moms and children who need a safe place to stay while they get back on their feet. It’s important for moms and kids to be able to play together there.

Please take a look at this video of our little ones learning soft blocks to learn how to climb and balance: https://www.facebook.com/100002365322823/videos/1550046101750886/

Last Bell kids with Ball Project equipment 2017

Thanks, Ball Project! Much of the equipment in this room was paid for by a Ball Project grant, and we use it through the long cold months.

Ball Project is thankful for all of our partners 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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