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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.

A small team from Ball Project is heading to South Africa today for a week of adventure with Ball Project & The Viewfinder Project partners & friends.

We will be meeting with friends & partners in & around Cape Town & Stellenbosch & also in the Northern part of the country near Ficksburg.

Ball Project partners in South Africa

Ball Project partners in South Africa

These trips are great because they allow us to have face to face time with some of our great partners on the ground so that we can actually physically talk, work & play together instead of relying on email & phone calls.

Solid relationships & good communication are the keys to effective partnerships. These trips help keep everyone aligned & focused on our mission to help kids play.

Ball Project’s role is simply to help provide the balls, equipment & hopefully encouragement to coaches & community leaders so that they can better serve their communities.

Here is a great update from one of our partners in Stellenbosch, South Africa near Cape Town:

Prochorus is connected to the Shofar Christian Church and we are the main vehicle through which the church takes care of the poor. For this reason we aim to plant Prochorus branches at all the Shofar church venues.

Since the needs in these different communities are very different and projects could take many different forms, we are not bound by any one means in serving. Sport and balls are one of the small ways which we use to connect with community members, form projects and help people in their different needs. Currently we only have one projects specifically focused on one sport which uses balls and that is our Netball Project in Jonkershoek (Stellenbosch).

We used to help a soccer team in Kayamandi (Stellenbosch) with equipment and the idea was to follow through with whole life coaching. We decided to put this project on hold as there are too many other projects in the Stellenbosch area which require our attention and that timing is bad to try and grow this into a proper project. There are also enough organizations in Stellenbosch which focus on soccer and we are trying to link that soccer team which we were supporting up with one of the other groups.

Our Netball team is doing very well. They have participated in the Boland Netball League for the last two years which gave them much more depth as a team. With our great coach who used to be a player on the Univerity of Stellensch team and studied coaching, the life coaching of the players along with the sport coaching was a major success. She, along with the players have made much effort into developing the team and the project to make a real and lasting impact into the lives of the team members.

We are excited about the possibilities and potential there is for sports in impacting communities and individuals for the community transformation. We pray for provision in capacity to enable us to grow this resourceful vehicle to make more meaningful impact.

Prochorus Netball Clinic in Stellenbosch

Prochorus Netball Clinic in Stellenbosch / Photo: June Joubert

As always, Ball Project is thrilled to play a small part in the mission of our partners as they help kids play.

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

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