SOCCER BALL PROJECT

 The Soccer Ball Project is now complete.  Many thanks to all of the travelers who took the time to brighten the lives of children around the world!

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Do you distribute soccer balls when you travel?

The average inflatable soccer ball lasts only three days in the rugged conditions found in most third world countries.  Once deflated, the ball is useless.  One World Futbol has engineered the first virtually indestructible soccer ball, ideal for rough playing conditions.

My goal is to distribute 60 One World Futbols to impoverished youth around the world!

kids-playingI have sixty One World Futbols on hand!

Many members of our community travel to interesting destinations.  I would love to see the distribution of these balls and bring back play to the youth of the world.

If you are planning a humanitarian adventure and would like to participate in this project, please contact me to pick up your Futbols!

Origin of the Project:

In 2011 I was accepted by Osteopaths Without Borders to treat impoverished women and children in Arequipa, Peru.  Extensive fundraising events generated three crates of children’s clothing and allowed for the purchase of eighty soccer uniforms, ranging from infant to adult, and one hundred soccer balls from One World Futbol.  Due to a sudden illness and premature evacuation from Peru, not all of the soccer balls were distributed.  I am eager to fulfill my dream of bringing communities together in play and sportsmanship in a world where too many are divided by war and corruption.

Now I’m reaching out for your help!

If you are traveling to an interesting part of the world and plan to come into contact with children that could play more, please consider including a One World Futbol in your adventure.

In return I request a summary of where you distributed the balls, a picture of the children playing with the soccer balls, and a short description of your experience.

Together, we can motivate peace through play!

~ Dr. Teara Ashby

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FUTBOL JOY FIRST HAND:

BARON, Mark,1Well I have given two balls away here in India one to Jeff who lives here in Palelome, India, which may have been a mistake because I didn’t know he had a smaller brother (who know won’t talk to me because he wants his owe ball) Hans (not very Indian names I know) this area was settled/ occupied by the Portuguese, but there name don’t sound very Portuguese either.  Both of them are awesome footballers!” 

Another ball went to Pawan who does have a job but lives 3000k’s from here and works 7 days a week, 7:00AM until 11:00 PM with a two hour break for 8 months at a time, always smiling and very pleasant, he won’t play with his ball until he returns home to Uttrakhand in Northern India.” ~ Mark

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“My husband and I went to Riobamba, Ecuador for the month of June of this year! We worked at “The Ark” children’s home there. The kids ranged in ages from newborn to teenagers and all have been orphaned or abandoned in some way. Futbol is a deep part of their culture and many of the kids’ life. They eat, breath and live for futbol, so to be able to connect with them and play “their sport” brought many opportunities for friendship. Because of the many impoverished areas in South and Central America the kids end up having to play on a rocky or dirt field or an area enclosed with a broken glass topped roof for security. This means that the soccer balls are constantly getting holes in them and cannot be replaced. This is why the futbol we took over there from Teara Ashby of Integrated Balance naturally became their faithful lasting futbol. Thank you!” ~ Cassidy Bryan


Emily“Gave your soccer ball to a remote school called the “Chhimbu Primary” between the towns of Bhandar and Sete. They are on a steep terraced hill but had a bit of a yard so we thought they could use it, the teacher was really excited.” ~ Emily

HORNE, Cory 3“The Futball was an experience. I carried it in my suitcase until Santorini, and toted it around for the next two days looking for children. All the children are sent off to school as there are not enough teachers, and they were not home for the summer yet. I decided to take it to a church where they would be able to find it a good home. There was no one at the church or the monastry, or the convent. We heard voices singing, and after going through an art gallery, stumbled upon a childrens choir practicing for a concert the next evening. After interupting briefly, I gave the ball to them. They all expressed their thanks and I took a quick photo. It isn’t in good light, but beggers can’t be choosers!” ~ Cory Horne


MARKUS, Karen2“A few photos of the children with the soccer ball.  We also brought school supplies.  You can see the pencils in this pic. This 4-room school is located in the small village of Barra de Potosi.  It was great to be able to give them all the items we had brought.  Thanks for providing the soccer balls.” ~ Karen


Tyler1“Our group had a great time in El Salvador, thank you very much for your soccer ball donation, they were well used and appreciated by the recipients.  We spent our week working on a Habitat for Humanity house in the town of Guaymango for a young family.  Some high school students who were friends with the family were curious and stopped by the build site one day …. we set up a mid-week soccer game with them and their team at the local pitch.  Thankfully they took it easy on us and we battled them to a draw …. we then mixed up the teams and the El Salvadorean players let loose and showed us their true skill and fitness.  It was a great break from the build and a fun way to connect with the guys.

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Tyler3On the Friday afternoon we visited the El Sauce school in Sonsonate, a school that we fundraise for and then visit each year during our El Salvador trip.  We toured the school vegetable gardens then hit the local pitch for a game against some of the students.  As expected the students showed us how the game is played but were gracious in victory.  It was a great end to our week!  For both games, the students were grateful to receive the soccer balls for their future use, thank you!!

Thanks again Teara for the donations, I am sure they will be put to good use for years to come!~ Tyler


P1000583“I took 2 of your soccer balls to Zambia at the beginning of the year. This year I was working with Limapela Developments who administer 2 private schools in the Copperbelt province one in Kitwe and another called Luyando closer to Ndola also in the Copperbelt.

I was working with 3 nationals completing a library/IT building, inside and out.  The structure with the roof was in place.  I also taught religious education classes for all grades and sex education for grades 5-9.  I lived in the staff room during the week and commuted to the mission for the weekends, where I worked in a very large garden which was meant to subsidize the school.

P1000605It was a very intense and profitable time and I make new national friends in each place I serve. Both schools appreciated the balls. Luyando does not have a sports field yet. This school receives very limited funding for staff salaries and nothing for improvements. I intend to work exclusively at this school next year. I want to set up a charity and find sponsors for the some of the 350 students and funds for improvements such as fencing, washrooms and 2 more classrooms on an old existing concrete slab.

The only comment I got was that the ball didn’t bounce  the same way as an air filled one but that’s the trade off for puncture proof.  The  kids make balls with old plastic bags wrapped tightly with string. Thanks for the donation of the 2 balls” ∼ Nick Vandenbogerd.


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“In September of 2015 we travelled on the Sea Adventurer along the coast of Labrador. We were awed by the glacier filled fjords, sparkling sand beaches, forbidding headlands and calm inlets; but it was not until we reached the town of Nain that we first encountered any occupied permanent homes. There we were welcomed by the community and thrilled to attend a gathering at Jens Havens Memorial School.  We saw how much the students liked sports including traditional Inuit high kick, volleyball, soccer and particularly hockey.  It was also an opportunity to meet children, parents and elders, and present the one world futbol. These girls (in the photo) will be using the ball indoors and outdoors for both volleyball and soccer.” ∼  Gretchen and Bob Whetham

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IMGP1798“My name is Brandi Turner.  My husband, Nick and I went to El Salvador last year on a missions trip building homes.  We found out about the futbols through our Pastor, Drew, who told us that you were giving away these balls to those who are going on some kind of missions trip.  We were excited to hear that you didn’t need a pump, which is usually the first thing to lose, and that it couldn’t be popped!
We were blessed to give these balls away to children in El Salvador, to see the smiles on their faces and the joy that it brought – not only to the individual child, but their neighbourhood, kids and adults alike. 
Thank you for this opportunity” ∼ Nick & Brandi Turner
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IMG_4864We have just returned from a trip to Peru in April 2016.  We visited the Amazon, hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and visited Lake Titicacca.  This trip has been on my bucket list for quite some time and my dream finally came to fruition.  Along with Terry and I were my sister, Shelley and her husband, Mark and great friends, Gwen & Keith Allison.  Our trip was amazing as we visited three different areas of Peru.  The Amazon was extremely hot and humid, however, our guides were amazing and we learned a lot about the way these people live, saw lots of creepy crawlers, caymans, fish, an eel, lots of birds and our camp was very comfortable along with delicious meals and beverages!  Terry & I gave our first ball to our guide, Josel, who had a little man at home who loved to kick the ball around.  Josel assured us he would make good use of the Futbol and play with his little boy every day.  He couldn’t believe the Futbol was already inflated and stayed that way, no need for pumping with air.  The next part of our adventure was to do the four day hike into Machu Picchu.  These four days were my absolute favourite part of the trip.  So much to see, ruins, wildlife, other crazy people doing the hike, how the camps were set up and taken down, porters running by, the most delicious meals on the trail, our two very knowledgeable guides and the overall anticipation and excitement of actually arriving at the Machu Picchu site.  No one can ever describe this experience unless you have actually done the hike!  Lastly we boated out to a little village on Lake Titicacca where we saw beautiful little villages where locals knitted, farmed, little children running off to school, again truly amazing!  On our way back to Puno we stopped at one of the floating island communities and this is where we dropped off our last ball for two little people to play with.  We are just hoping the parents keep an eye on their play and the ball doesn’t get kicked into the water.

Teara, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sending us along to this amazing country with Futbols to share with children who need and appreciate them.  I’m sure we would all agree that Peru is truly a beautiful country and wish we had had more time to explore and continue our adventure.  Thanks again and hope to see you around soon.

Terry & Debbie Thompson

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In November of 2015 riding a slow moving, clickety clack train through the tea hills between Nuwara Eliya and Ella in southern Sri Lanka.  Trains move very slowly in the country re: the condition of the sleepers/ties (most of them rotting wood).img_1648

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Train travel like this is great, with the windows all open and your view unimpeded, you can watch the country side roll by, stretch your legs by wandering around the train and sit down at the open doors between the cars/carriages.  This day the train had slowed down to a crawl as we passed an oncoming train and as a rule, people seem to gather to the insides to view other passengers on the opposing train, windows and doors open.  It was at this point that I decided to hand one of the Futbols away.  As the cars crept along I spied a young lad, made eye contact and held out the ball, shy at first, he turned to look at his father, his father giving him a knowing smile of approval and the boy took the ball with a wide-eyed smile.  One ball down!  A few minutes later I found myself in a discussion with a young couple from the Czeck Republic asking me, “What  that was all about?” I told them about the Canadain Futbol, and offered them my last ball to give away as they pleased, hopefully to some wide-eyed needy child, and I’m sure they did.

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This past April, 2016 my husband and I joined some very good friends on a guided trip with G Adventures to Peru, where we travelled to the Amazon, Maccu Picchu (the Inca Trail) and Lake Titicacca. We received two soccer balls, (futbols) from Dr. Teara Ashby to give away to children in need. These balls are virtually indestructible and do not require any inflation devices.

After our trip to the Amazon, we made our way through the Sacred Valley on our way to the Inca Trail, with a visit to G Adventures-supported Ccaccaccollo Community and Women’s Weaving Co-op project in a local community.  This community centre was created in 2005, with donations from G Adventures travellers’. Here we saw local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs and we learned how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community. The women partaking in this project sell their traditional textiles to travellers. We saw young children playing on the grounds without any real toys to play with so we decided to give one of the little girls a ball. It was such a joy to see the little girls face light up.

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After we hiked to Macchu Pichu, we travelled to Puno, and travelled Lake Titicacca and the island of Taquile. The community there has a local weaving cooperatives. Here we found a young boy who was heading back to his school so we asked our guide to help us give the futbol to him to take to school.

futbol-2-tearaThanks to Teara, we were able to see the impact that these futbols can make to the lives of children less fortunate.

Keith and Gwen Allison

           

We gave out these soccer balls at a small village just outside of Mbarara, Uganda in April 2018.  Everyone was so very excited!  Thanks, Drew