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Last Bell works with orphaned youth and families in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Last year we reached over 600 youth and family members; this year it’s a little more complex because of the war. We’ve begun helping refugee families, while we continue to meet the needs of our community at home and take care of our own evacuees in other parts of Europe.


In June, our Stop the Cycle moms’ group was able to start meeting at the Shelter facility again. These photos are from a recent meeting. The Shelter is a place where our families feel safe and the kids always have something to do, thanks in part to the Ball Project’s help! Orphanage graduates’ children love these indoor and outdoor spaces that were created just so they can move and play.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in Ukraine & around the world working faithfully to strengthen communities & help children play.

Here is a fun & encouraging update from Indy based partner Last Bell that works in Ukraine:

Last Bell serves orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. We start with mentorship, then begin meeting practical needs in the areas of housing, education, job skills, parenting classes, and counseling.

Our first contact with orphanage graduates is in the trade schools in our city, where orphan teens are sent from all over the region. Then we invite them to the Day Center. One reason our youth love the Day Center is that we have ping pong, Foosball, and other games that Ball Project has helped us provide.

For some of our youth, this is the first time in their lives they’ve had fun with adults who care about them. It may also be the first time they’ve seen ways to have fun without alcohol! Our Foosball and ping pong tables are always busy. The Day Center is a place for learning and play, in contrast to the trade schools where our students are often frustrated and lonely.

As a reminder, Ball Project helps fund all kinds of project for all kinds of partners with the goal to help children play. Ball Project helps coaches, teams, schools, rehab centers, orphanages, churches & more.

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

Here is a short but sweet update from Last Bell, one of our partners in Ukraine:

Last Bell serves orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. We start with mentorship, then begin meeting practical needs in the areas of housing, education, job skills, parenting classes, and counseling.

Our first contact with orphanage graduates is in the trade schools in our city, where orphan teens are sent from all over the region. Then we invite them to the Day Center. One reason our youth love the Day Center is that we have ping pong, foosball, and other games that Ball Project has helped us provide. For some of our youth, this is the first time in their lives they’ve had fun with adults who care about them. It may also be the first time they’ve seen ways to have fun without alcohol! Our foosball and ping pong tables are always busy. The Day Center is a place for learning and play, in contrast to the trade schools where our students are often frustrated and lonely.

Ball Project works with schools, orphanages, clubs, teams, coaches, leagues, NGO’s, churches & other groups to help children play.

Ball Project is grateful for all of our partners working faithfully around the world to help build & serve their communities & 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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