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Prochorus Cycling is busy and doing well. We took 8 of our older boys to a bicycle mechanic workshop. They learnt some basic skills in bicycle mechanics and had lots of practice during the day. The boys are also proud to receive a certificate for the completion of the course.

Five buys had the opportunity to attend a youth camp with a local church youth ministry, and they had an absolute ball. The impact of the camp could clearly be seen after the camp. The boys have more confidence in spiritual things and ask a lot more questions about Christianity, which provides the opportunity for leaders to teach and help them understand things better.

We had a fairly favourable winter for cycling in Stellenbosch this year. Although one of the events we attended turned into a complete mud bath. That’s all part of the fun and adventure. The Western Province Schools league had great weather during their events, and we had over twenty of our children partaking in this year’s league. It’s always great to see how much the children are encouraged in their cycling when they have the opportunity to test their fitness and skills against others their age while fun is the main focus. One of the small girls couldn’t stop asking when the next event would be.


Even though performance and podium positions are not our main goals, we make room for those who like to compete and enjoy developing their physical talents. Two of our older riders have been selected to join an elite racing team as part of their squad to compete in the three-day Wine to Whales race in early November. One of our old beneficiaries is already a permanent member of this team, and he has won many local and national events following his dream of becoming a professional cyclist. The Wine to Whales Exxaro Category (for development riders) has been won by him previously. Our two riders finished the event strongly and had a great experience on the stage racing scene.

The mentoring sessions have been going very well. We’re currently working through a One Hope resource called Book of Hope. Topics like sexuality are very relevant to them and open up great discussions for impartation to happen where it’s much needed.

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.

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.

Help children play

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

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