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Since the war in Ukraine began, fewer of our youth and families are in Zhytomyr. Many are now refugees. In Zhytomyr, our community is really feeling the impact of war. But after several months of reduced programming, we were finally able to invite some of our Stop the Cycle families to the Shelter for our first Stop the Cycle meeting of the summer. For these kids, our Shelter – including the equipment The Ball Project has provided – is a safe place to play and be together with their caring Last Bell family, even in the midst of war.

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

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

Copyright Brad Livengood 2013

Before World Cup 2010, we trained and mobilized a lot of coaches and community 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. 

Some of the coaches and players we have been walking with have made huge impact in their communities by multiplying leadership values. A good example is Mpulungu Youth, a Whole Life coaching sports and mentoring 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 leadership in and off the field, they therefor deserve to proceed to another level,’ Mr MK. 

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

Kids Helping Coach others Kids. 

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

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

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

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Ball Project is consistently amazed by & thankful for our partners working faithfully in their communities to train young leaders & help children play.

It is great to share what happening in our sports projects. Because of the pandemic all sport activities was stopped. But we found a way to give opportunities to kids for playing, we called it as a recreation, because recreation was allowed.

I continued supporting a sport club and having the balls is a big joy.

We used balls to reach two new cities and the balls were a means to engage and empower community leaders to use sports to influence kids.

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Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the world working faithfully to empower young people & their communities & 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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