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Here is an encouraging update from one of our Ukrainian partners Last Bell:

We work with orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, including over 650 orphan students, older orphans, orphan parents, & their children.

Our youth LOVE the foosball tables that Ball Project helped us purchase for the Day Center. In the photo, the young lady on the right is AV. Last Bell has helped A & her sister by advocating with the government for housing, then renovating the fire-damaged apartment they received. A is now studying psychology and volunteers with our staff visiting a local orphanage. She & her sister are very hospitable, reflecting the hospitality they’ve received at the Day Center & from our staff.

Ball Project is thankful for our partners like Last Bell, working to build their communities & help children play.

girl on indoor playset 6.2020

Last Bell works with orphanage graduates in Zhytomyr, Ukraine, about 450 last year, offering mentorship and practical help. Play is important for all our relationships, but especially for the little kids who stay at our Shelter Crisis Housing facility with their moms (who are orphans). Ball Project helped us install a trampoline, a play house, and other “at home” play equipment. Our kids are loving it!

Last Bell boy with soccer ball 6.2020

Ball Project is thankful for our partners in Ukraine & around the world working to help build their communities & to help orphans, prisoners, refugees & children play.

 

Some parts of the world slowing down, some are closing, some remain closed, some are opening up.

Hopefully we will soon see a lot more children playing outside & together. In the meantime, Ball Project partners are continuing to help their communities in many creative & ongoing ways.

Even now one Ball Project partner in Panama is coaching volleyball virtually to their players at home.

Panama.Cesar virtual volleyball.4.2020

In Ukraine another partner is coaching rugby virtually to players at home as well.

Pasha Ukraine virtual rugby.4.2020

Ball Project is thankful for our partners continuing to work hard around the world to help their communities & 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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