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In 2021 Prochorus had quite a strong focus on the mental & spiritual development of the boys on the cycling project. With a great volunteer who also became staff, we were able to be very consistent with the mentoring sessions. The addition of the Friday Amplified Youth meetings worked great to complement the rest of the program. We also had a strong focus on academics on the side of our aftercare program.

Strict discipline allowed the boys to find their rhythm and safety in the clear expectations. We found this to be necessary since the fluctuating lockdown measures in schools brought about a lot of inconsistencies in their life and perhaps even laziness. The year ended on quite a high note with the 10-year celebration camp and a wonderful year-end party for all the children involved in the projects. Racing on events has become more of a norm again and the boys seem to enjoy the opportunity to do this even more than before. We all hope 2022 will be a year where more events could be attended.

We are very grateful for the support from Ball Project

Ball Project is grateful for our partners working to encourage & train young people, build community & help children play.

Here is an encouraging update from one of our South African partners & an opportunity to support them!

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The Prochorus Development Cycling project has had its second incident of theft. This time luckily only four bikes were stolen. After seriously upgrading security we hope and pray that this will not happen again.

The team of boys and girls are increasing as the summer days are back and they enjoy learning and racing. We have a family who does home schooling with their children and their three boys are now joining the group rides on a regular basis. The cross cultural interaction does the boys very well and they have really become friends. The father is also passionate about the development of children and we are looking at opportunities to implement “The World Needs A Father” principles with the boys and hopefully involve their parents (especially Dads) in this soon.

cycling team 2019

There’s also a new tool we’re starting to implement on the programme, which develops the occupational intelligence of the kids and helps them to overcome their distorted thinking and beliefs. I believe this will make a deep impact in their lives.

Various other activities are done, like swimming and running lessons, to give the kids balanced physical development.

swim cycling 2019
We’re hoping to permanently register on GlobalGiving, but we need to raise $ 5000 by 27 September 2019, any help will be greatly appreciated. The project campaign can be found on the GlobalGiving website: www.globalgiving.org named “Cycling Whole Life Coaching For @Risk African Kids”

Ball Project is thankful for all of our partners working hard to help children play.

Ball Project partners with all kinds of organizations: coaches, teams, leagues, schools, orphanages, churches & more.

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.

Help children play

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

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