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Here is a very encouraging update from one of our Prochorus partners in Kayamandi, South Africa:

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Unakho is the day care centre for differently abled children in Kayamandi. The centre started in 2009 and since then has strived to create a safe place for children who don’t always have a place in other schools. Unakho is currently the only preschool for children with disabilities within Kayamandi and Stellenbosch. C, our Principal, has been there from the start and she is such an example of unconditional love to these precious children. She is very passionate about these children and has learned so much over the past years. She has been through extensive training and courses to work with children with special needs. Khanysiwha, the assistant has also been trained to work with children with special needs. Ongoing support and regular training are provided by the CSPID team from the Western Cape forum for intellectual disabilities. Senecio, an organization that specialise in working with children with disabilities also visits Unakho on a regular basis for extra support, encouragement and training. Unakho also forms part of the Stellenbosch Disability Network in Stellenbosch. It is a network within Stellenbosch that strives to advocate for people with disabilities. We aim to work closer with other organizations that also work with children with disabilities to create more opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.

This year has been a good year, but as always it has been a challenging year. Working with children with intellectual, physical and physiological disabilities can be very challenging and draining.

Through the years C has gained so much understanding and knowledge about children with disabilities that she has also started to teach and support the parents to help and assist their children in the best possible way. She strives to assist families with the journey with their children.

In 2018 Unakho hosted 12 children. Some of the disabilities include Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD as well as two blind children. We strive to provide the children with the best possible care, stimulation and teaching. Some children are not able to speak, so communication cards are used to communicate with them. Most of the children move on to Dorothea, a Primary School for differently abled children in Cloetesville, Stellenbosch after been at Unakho. Dorothea always testifies that the children from Unakho are well prepared for school. Three of the children from Unakho will graduate from Unakho and move on the Dorothea in 2019.

We have used the funds donated by the Ball project to these projects by buying educational toys, balls and other educational needs. Thank you very much for your support. We appreciate it a lot.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners serving their communities to help children play.

Here is an encouraging update about the mountain biking program from one of our partners, Prochorus,  in South Africa:

Prochorus q2 2018 cycling team pic

Some of the things I can mention about our Jonkershoek Cycling Project, is that I am glad to see our cycling project leader having a really deep connection with the kids on the team. He understands them so well and connects on a very personal level with their circumstances and can therefore align his life lessons and mentoring to be extremely relevant.

We are very glad to have a strong group of girls participating (varying between 6 and 10). We have a very special lady volunteer that does a lot of effort with them and mentors them on a deep level. Besides the cycling training and skills sessions, she has a mentoring group where they discuss things on a more focused and personal level.

The whole team consists of about 18-20 kids, but the quality of influence and leadership is excellent.

We are very grateful for the support from Ball Project. Thank you!

Ball Project supports lots of different kinds of community based sports & fitness program to  equip coaches & to community leaders to help children play & achieve their full potential.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners around the world working through sports & games to help children play.

Here is a wonderful update from our partner Prochorus in South Africa:

Mountain biking team 2017

The Prochorus Development Cycling and Whole Life Coaching project, is aimed at serving the kids and youth of the poor community in Jonkershoek, which has almost no other activities to develop them and stimulate them. We have riding sessions every weekday afternoon with various groups, including girls. There are also mentoring times in small group session outside the normal cycling activities. Over weekends there are often cycling events where they get to test their skills and fitness against outside competition and be motivated towards their goals, self discipline and dedication, which are part of the life skills they learn.

2017 Prochorus girls mountain biking

Ball Project is thankful for all of our partners working in their communities to help children play.

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