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A few pictures of Ball Project balls & gear waiting to help kids play in Argentina, India, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda & Zimbabwe.

Principal of R.G. Mugabe Primary School in Marondera, Zimbabwe, receiving balls. (Most of the Musha Wevana children attend RG Mugabe)

SCAS Ball Project balls in the back of Ruby.6.2014

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Ball Project Ultimate Frisbees Cape Twon

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Ball Project balls Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Shiny new Ball Project soccer balls in Uganda

Soccer balls for Nigerian children

 

 

Here is an amazing update from one of our partners in Nigeria:

In our community impact projects, soccer balls have been our most used tool to access sometimes difficult and restricted communities in rural Africa. For you to access, engage and be accepted by any community, they would want to feel the pulse of your heart; are you doing what you do for any personal gain? Over the years, we have learnt that love speaks to even stony hearts.

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Through the platform of Dreams-Alive Project, we have been able to inspire and give expression to the dream of every child i.e. To Play, Learn and Grow.

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In a community in Northern Nigeria where the people are in the process of rebuilding their lives and community after the destruction by terrorists, we are working with some community leaders to bring about relief to help remedy their pain. Our core intervention is using sports to engage with the children. The children for over 4 years have not had the opportunity to play any sports as their lives has been revolving around running from place to another. They have soccer balls to play with and we were told how they are experiencing gradual integration back into their community.

Through Ball Project, we have seen our scope expanding to other West African countries: Ghana, Gambia, Togo, Sierra Leone and Niger Republic.

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Yonglo community soccer team – Ghana

We are grateful for our partners around the world working diligently to 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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