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Joy and Hope for Misheck

When Misheck was very little, his father unexpectedly passed away -- leaving Misheck, his young mother Prudence, and his two younger brothers alone. Five years later, when Prudence lost an eye to disease, the entire family seemed destined for a lifetime of despair. While Misheck’s aunt offered what little support she could afford, her job selling trinkets in their village market did not provide much income.

Back then, living in a remote village of northeastern Zambia, Misheck never could have dreamed he would escape his family’s poverty. Prudence knew none of them could: she could barely manage to feed, clothe or house her children. An education was simply out of the question.

Then, one day, everything changed. Thanks to the generous support of international donors, Misheck and his two brothers were able to enroll at the local Salesian school, free of charge. This opportunity opened the door to a new world of possibilities.

Misheck took full advantage, earning high honors throughout primary and secondary school. And his hard work has paid off! Now 18 years old, he will soon move to the capital of Lusaka in order to attend university, where he plans to train as a laboratory technician.

“I am so grateful to be given this chance,” says Misheck. “I had a dream about it. In my dream, someone took me to a laboratory and told me this would be my future job. I believe it was a sign from God, my calling. And those who made it possible for me to go to school are angels.”

The Healing Power of Play

“Since receiving the [soccer] balls, we have seen a lot of positive changes … kids are very happy, and the sports and games have attracted many girls and boys to our schools and centers that had not been involved before.”

So says Father Louis Malama, a Salesian missionary serving in Zambia. Thanks to a recent generous donation from One World Fútbol, more than 140,000 disadvantaged children now experience the healing power of play, every day.

One World Fútbol makes, sells and distributes nearly indestructible balls that can survive even the harshest environments. Every purchase supports donations to youth in impoverished communities around the world, where resources for play are scarce or nonexistent. The organization’s gift of 5,200 soccer balls now benefits kids throughout Zambia: in orphanages, rural schools, youth centers and more.

“Because recreation and sports offer unlimited opportunities for enjoyment and personal growth, this donation has created new opportunities for teaching youth valuable skills, both on and off the field,” says Fr. Louis. “They are learning leadership, teamwork and social skills.”

Just as importantly, the children benefit from Salesian services and opportunities they otherwise may not have known about, or been interested in. Feeding programs offered through Salesian schools and youth centers, for example, nourish thousands of hungry youth each day. At the girls’ shelter in City of Hope, girls who have been orphaned, abused or trafficked discover a safe place to stay while they go to school and learn how to prepare for an independent future. Wells on the premises provide clean, safe water for children and their families, which improve their health. And in primary, secondary and vocational schools around the country, youth are obtaining the education they need to build brighter futures for themselves.

“Soccer can draw the children in,” says Fr. Louis. “And when they decide to stay, they are taking their first step toward breaking the chains of poverty. We are so grateful to One World Fútbol for this generous, life-changing gift.”

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Joy and Hope for Misheck

When Misheck was very little, his father unexpectedly passed away -- leaving Misheck, his young mother Prudence, and his two younger brothers alone.

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The Healing Power of Play

“Since receiving the [soccer] balls, we have seen a lot of positive changes … kids are very happy, and the sports and games have attracted many girls and boys to our schools and centers that had not been involved before.”

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