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A few pictures of Ball Project balls & gear waiting to help kids play in Argentina, India, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda & Zimbabwe.

Principal of R.G. Mugabe Primary School in Marondera, Zimbabwe, receiving balls. (Most of the Musha Wevana children attend RG Mugabe)

SCAS Ball Project balls in the back of Ruby.6.2014

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Ball Project Ultimate Frisbees Cape Twon

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Ball Project balls Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Shiny new Ball Project soccer balls in Uganda

Soccer balls for Nigerian children

 

 

Here is a short update & request from one of our key partners in Uganda:

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It’s been a while that we asked for help in the Ball Project.

This has been ongoing and the need for soccer balls continues to grow.

We launched One Church One Ball and this has been great to see how they use the soccer ball.

The challenges have been the number of requests, quality soccer balls that can endure are expensive, also some get completely discouraged when their soccer ball bursts and they can’t buy another.

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Ball Project is grateful to be able to help at this time, thanks to our generous donors & advisors who allow Ball Project to help children play.

 

I am home from a great week of meetings with partners from around the world.

Lots of updates, lots of conversations, lots of Five Guys, lots of Starbucks. I am always amazed by the universality of coffee culture, even though I only drink tea. But as I always say, you can’t spell TEAM without TEA.

I left the time encouraged by the exciting projects our Ball Project partners are developing in Romania, South Africa, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Niger & beyond.

Our key partners in Guatemala are working to take the photography & life skills program The Viewfinder Project into juvenile detention centers & old age homes.

One of our key partners in Nigeria is building relationships & new partnerships by lending out books like Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson’s “Rework” & Todd Henry‘s “Die Empty.”

A key partner in Uganda is bringing solar power to homes, schools, health clinics & churches in remote villages that do not have electricity.

Key partners in Dominica & Jamaica are working with a bankrupt sport manufacturing company to buy high quality soccer balls at a steep discount to empower youth sports programs in the Caribbean.

I am also working on connecting some Caribbean partners together in Haiti later this year.

As usual, I am grateful for & inspired by our amazing partners working diligently & creatively to help children by helping children play.

Future footballers in South Africa

Future footballers in South Africa

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

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