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This is an encouraging update from one of our partners in Zambia about the power of play in personal & community transformation:

Here is a story that started with much ignited passion to develop young leaders in Africa prior to World Cup 2010 In Africa.

Before World Cup 2010, we trained and mobilized a lot of coaches, community, and church leaders on how to bring out Whole Life coaching and train young leaders to be fathers of the continent.

We have a number of leaders still developing young leaders and restoring the fatherhood and motherhood in the families through Whole Life coaching.

For some of us, Whole Life coaching became a life style. We decided to walk a journey with coaches and players to attain the desired goals.

From Play to Transformation:

Some of the Coaches and Players we have been walking with have made huge impact in their communities by multiplying leaders and values in the young people. A good example is Mpulungu Youth, a whole life coaching sports and discipleship initiative  that have seen about 40 boys proceed from Division 3, Division 2 and now have qualified to go to Division 1 after topping the leagues.

The team has become a role model among the 48 Football Association of Zambia registered clubs in the Northern Province.

‘We are impressed by the Mpulungu Youth boys, They have displayed both sportsmanship and Christmanship in and off the field, they therefor deserve to proceed to another level,’ Mr Mwansa K.

The 40 boys have been self-reliant to support the movement by doing various micro businesses to supplement to personal lives and the life of sports. They sell:

  • Eggs
  • Sausages
  • Fish
  • Cassava
  • Soft drinks
  • Charcoal
  • While others run Barber shops and saloons
  • Others keep Chickens, goats, pigs, rabbits and grow vegetables.

Helping Coaching others Kids.

10 out 40 have received either E or D  Fifa licenses and have gone  through Whole Life coaching and mentoring training. And some are coaching U 17, U 15, U 14, U 12, U 10 and Girls Soccer teams respectively.

160 Community Coaches involved in 200 villages with around 3,000 young people impacted per year.

Dream:

I really saw the dream. With the few boys modeling it, we are very excited to see how the vision will be unfolding.

Ball Project is thankful for all of our partners working faithfully to build their communities, transform lives & help children play.

Here is a short update from one of our Ball Project partners in Zambia that works with teams, coaches, academies & churches:

Ball Project has helped the young people and coaches to build value systems as the result of the ball usage. Values like stewardship, responsibility, ownership, resourcefulness and creativity.

As they meet for training and practice they share small business ideas and put them into practice. Like crafts, gardens and small shops. They make money for school, food and save for the future.

Thank you for the provision.

Simple things can make a big difference. Focus helps results. We are always grateful & encouraged by our partners around the world focused on helping children by helping children play.

My brother recently visited my nephew & a couple Ball Project partners in Zambia. Here are a few of his pictures. He’s obviously not a pro-photographer, but we love him anyway.

Ball Project soccer ball in Zambia!

Ball Project soccer ball in Zambia!

Soccer game in Zambia using a Ball Project ball

Soccer game in Zambia using a Ball Project ball

Kids in Zambia playing with a Ball Project soccer ball

Kids in Zambia playing with a Ball Project soccer ball

Help children play

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

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