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Here is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Malawi in Africa:

Thank you so much for your generous gift to Sports Friends Malawi!

This week, we were able to purchase the balls and have begun the distribution process to our 9 teams in the city of Blantyre.

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We will be able to give 1 ball to each netball and soccer coach who attends our Ongoing Training next month from April 12-16 in the eastern region of Malawi.  There will 65 people coming to this ongoing training and we can’t wait to see the look on their faces when they get a brand new ball. Several of these coaches have not had a ball for many months but have still managed to work effectively by just using local materials and plastic to make balls. But this will certainly be a massive boost to them and their teams.

This is one of the poorest areas in the world. Despite the extreme poverty, many of our trained coaches are working hard and are mentoring the youth on their teams.

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Thank you! We are deeply grateful for your hard work to make these encouraging gifts possible! Keep up the good work.

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Ball Project is grateful to all of our partners around the world, working hard to help children play.

Here is a short update from one of our Sports Friends partners in Malawi:

This photo is of the girls netball camp hosted in November. It was a blessed time of togetherness and fun for 2 days in the hot sun.  Over 40 C (104 F) outside but that did not stop the girls from playing and being mentored.  We thank you for your partnership in the work with us as we used 6 of the netballs that we bought from the grant we received.  There were six different netball teams who came to the camp and, at the end of the camp, we were able to give each team a ball to take home for their ongoing programs.  

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Ball Project is grateful for our faithful partners around the world working to help kids play.

Here is a great update from one of our partners in Stellenbosch, South Africa near Cape Town:

Prochorus is connected to the Shofar Christian Church and we are the main vehicle through which the church takes care of the poor. For this reason we aim to plant Prochorus branches at all the Shofar church venues.

Since the needs in these different communities are very different and projects could take many different forms, we are not bound by any one means in serving. Sport and balls are one of the small ways which we use to connect with community members, form projects and help people in their different needs. Currently we only have one projects specifically focused on one sport which uses balls and that is our Netball Project in Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch).

We used to help a soccer team in Kayamandi (Stellenbosch) with equipment and the idea was to follow through with whole life coaching. We decided to put this project on hold as there are too many other projects in the Stellenbosch area which require our attention and that timing is bad to try and grow this into a proper project. There are also enough organizations in Stellenbosch which focus on soccer and we are trying to link that soccer team which we were supporting up with one of the other groups.

Our Netball team is doing very well. They have participated in the Boland Netball League for the last two years which gave them much more depth as a team. With our great coach who used to be a player on the Univerity of Stellensch team and studied coaching, the life coaching of the players along with the sport coaching was a major success. She, along with the players have made much effort into developing the team and the project to make a real and lasting impact into the lives of the team members.

We are excited about the possibilities and potential there is for sports in impacting communities and individuals for the community transformation. We pray for provision in capacity to enable us to grow this resourceful vehicle to make more meaningful impact.

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Prochorus Netball Clinic in Stellenbosch / Photo: June Joubert

As always, Ball Project is thrilled to play a small part in the mission of our partners as they help kids play.

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

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