Africa

Africa

Sports Gift has distributed tens of thousands of items of sports equipment to over 16 countries in Africa. The poverty in Africa is extreme and widespread. The children face severe life challenges including wars and violence, lack of clean water, food and safe housing, diseases such as HIV/Aids. There are millions of orphans in Africa having lost their parents to violence or disease. In some cases children are forced to live on the streets as their family does not have the resources to care for them. Below are some of the stories from Africa:

2011

Botswana

Partner Organization: Campus Crusade for Christ
Items Donated: 234
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of soccer equipment included balls, uniforms, goalie jerseys, cleats and related soccer equipment. This soccer equipment is used with orphans in Gabarone, Botswana. Gabarone is the capital of Botswana and 2001 census put population at 186,000, with many orphans due to the high aids death rate. The program worked with a feeding station for two weeks and feeding hundreds of various youth daily as well as playing sports with them and giving them attention. When they leave the church, they left the sports equipment for the church to continue to use.

Djibouti

Partner Organization: Resource Exchange International
Items Donated: 177
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of sports equipment included uniform sets, jerseys, balls, shin guards, cones, air pumps, and an ultimate Frisbee set. The goal of this organization is to encourage, equip and empower people in developing nations to strengthen the strategic sectors of their countries. This is a very small country and the people struggle with high unemployment, poor healthcare, lack of educational opportunities, and an absence of natural resources. There are no programs for the youth here. Children here are often sedentary and overweight because of a lack of sports opportunities and healthy diets. Outside of school some children participate in unstructured athletic activities, but there is a lack of resources and parents can be nervous because of fighting and girls are restricted from participating.

Ethiopia

Partner Organization: Coast Hills Community Church
Items Donated: 394
Children Impacted: 4,000+

This gift of soccer equipment included uniforms, balls, cones, goals and other related equipment was given to the community of Bahar Dar, which is located in the northern part of Ethiopia. Bahar Dar is a community of 225,000. A group of 1.3 million impoverished people (The Awi) is in Ethiopia. The Awi are primarily subsistence farmers and herders, and rely on themselves to survive. Very few children actually finish school beyond 3rd grade, as the kids actively participate in farming and herding of the few sheep they may have. Because this program has donated sports equipment, medical supplies and other to the local communities, it has been granted wonderful opportunities to share its faith and reach out to the communities to help.

Ethiopia

Partner Organization: International Medical Health Organization
Items Donated: 140
Children Impacted: 500+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, goalie jerseys, soccer balls and other sports equipment. This program serves to develop and improve health care services and infrastructure in under-served regions worldwide. One of its medical mission volunteer trips was to Northwest Ethiopia. The program worked with primary and secondary schools in rural and remote communities of mostly agricultural, impoverished region. It is a very underdeveloped area, meaning basic living accommodations for its residents. Therefore, the sports equipment will benefit the children to spend fun time.

Ethiopia

Partner Organization: Strong Hearts
Items Donated: 58
Children Impacted: 50+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, shorts, jerseys, socks, pumps, shin guards, and goalie jerseys.

Ghana

Partner Organization: Youth Soccer Exchange
Items Donated: 408
Children Impacted: 150+

This gift of soccer equipment included balls, uniforms, cleats, running shoes and other sports equipment. The mission of this program is to assist youth soccer teams in Ghana acquire the necessary equipment to participate in Youth Leagues in the country. The sports equipment was donated to the Dansoman community, which is made up of young families most of whom are unable to afford school fees for their children. After school, children are expected to help in running a small family business such as selling food or charcoal at a roadside stand. If they are lucky, they get an hour for homework and once a week play sports with friends.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Athletes in Action
Items Donated: 143
Children Impacted: 1,550+

This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, nets, ball bags, pumps, basketball jerseys, basketball shorts, cones, clip boards, first aid kits, Frisbees, referee shirts, practice pennies and jump ropes. The ultimate goal of AIA is to bring Jesus Christ into the homes of millions worldwide through the use of college athletes competing and ministering globally. AIA built a basketball court in Nairobi, Kenya, which will be used for outreach towards the community and sports team. They will have coaches and players clinics working in slums. The children in the slum have extremely poor living conditions, no access to clean water, or clothes.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Azusa Pacific University
Items Donated: 314
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of sports equipment included footballs, soccer balls, basketballs, air pumps, team uniform sets, jerseys, soccer cleats, ultimate Frisbee sets, soccer nets, t-shirts, warm ups and bags. This organization is travelling to Nyeri to play sports with boys and help them study the bible. This is a very poor community, so the sports equipment will go to the boys in the school, who all live in one big room and have a small box that holds all of their possessions.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Manyatta Youth Resource Center
Items Donated: 584
Children Impacted: 60+

This gift of sports equipment included team uniform sets, cones, bags, air pumps, clipboards, books, soccer cleats, shin guards, first aid kits, practice pennies, soccer balls and footballs. The goal of this organization is to increase opportunities for youth living in Kisumu and provide opportunities to participate in sporting activities and performing arts. This is the third largest city in Kenya, and home to the largest slum in western Kenya. Manyatta is home to five miles of wall-to-wall mud and metal homes. There are no public services here and authorities have no responsibility to provide safe drinking water or septic services. The AIDS rate here is 20%. Many kids cannot afford to stay in school because of the costs of tuition, uniforms, supplies, and others. The MYRC has been able to keep 100% of youth soccer players enrolled in school.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Mariners Church
Items Donated: 511
Children Impacted: 195+

This gift of sports equipment included cleats, shin guards, uniform team sets, whistles, cones, soccer balls and equipment bags. This equipment is going to a slum near Nairobi with many orphaned kids. This program connects with local schools and community events to distribute the sports equipment. Sports gift has donated to this organization on multiple occasions. People in this area are very desperate and the average wage is $1/day. The community is full of displaced people.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Mt. Elgon Social and Health Initiative
Items Donated: 80
Children Impacted: 300+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer jerseys, jump rope and other sports equipment. The equipment was donated to Tuikut Village, which is located in the rural region of Mt. Elgon where there is neither running water nor electricity. The size of the community is about 1,500 people after the Kenyan Civil War in 2006. Because of the relatively recent catastrophes, roughly one-third of the children are orphans. Outside of school, the children have a number of family chores. By playing sports and learning teamwork, the past pain caused by the Civil War will be healed, and the children will learn how to work together.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Saddleback Church
Items Donated: 377
Children Impacted: 200+

This gift of sports equipment included uniform seam sets and cones. The sports equipment will be given to the impoverished people in Rift Valley, Kenya.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Twinkle Little Stars Inc.
Items Donated: 289
Children Impacted: 1,200+

This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, soccer balls, uniform sets, shin guards, cleats, and pumps. This program is determined to educate, equip and empower the youth of rural Kenya. Through education, vocational skills and personal mentoring, these leaders aim to create harmony among families and the community as a whole. The communities served are predominantly Christian, however many families are influenced by witchcraft, drunkenness and family curses which ultimately results in increased poverty. Peasant farming is predominant in these communities, which places the burden of heavy labor, watching siblings, and caring for ailing parents, on the young children. 1/3 of the population is comprised of single parent families.

Kenya (Nairobi)

Partner Organization: Made in the Streets
Items Donated: 528
Children Impacted: 300+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, soccer uniforms, running shoes and other sports equipment. The mission of this organization is to give street children in Nairobi opportunity for a new life. The organization has a Center in the Eastleigh area. All of their young people are initially sleeping on the streets. They go through garbage for food, they beg, they steal, they collect recyclables to sell, they do menial work to get a little money, they use drugs primarily glue, they live in rags and sleep against walls. They use some equipment with youth to play soccer and basketball games.

Liberia

Partner Organization: Hands of Mercy
Items Donated: 193
Children Impacted: 60+

This gift of soccer equipment included uniforms, goalie jerseys, balls and other related soccer equipment. This equipment was distributed to help children play in soccer league. Children are too poor to have uniforms and also to play in league. Community is Paynesville, Liberia, which is suburb of capital Monrovia. Liberia is recovering from thirteen years of devastating war. Area has no electricity or running water, and unemployment rate is over 70%.

Liberia

Partner Organization: Life and Change Experienced thru Sports
Items Donated: 1,183
Children Impacted: 262+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, cleats, uniform sets, cones, playground balls, and goalie gloves. This programs goal is to establish mentorship based sports leagues as an avenue for teaching children morals and values based on biblical teachings. So far, sports leagues in three communities have been developed. Liberia has suffered from a 14 yearlong civil war, depriving children of positive role models and inflicting violence on them. This program emphasizes valuable life skills, such as teamwork, self-esteem, discipline, and respect.

Malawi

Partner Organization: Kids Play International
Items Donated: 114
Children Impacted: 800+

This gift of sports equipment included shin guards, cleats, pumps, a volleyball net, cones, coaches and referees shirts, medals, ball bags, and a soccer violation card. The goal of this organization is to increase the quality of life through sports and education. It provides sports focused volunteer trips, promoting interactive and educational sports programs for kids in orphanages and schools. The sports equipment donated will help provide necessary equipment and educational materials to instruct and introduce new sports, thereby teaching the children responsibility, respect, discipline and fair play.

Malawi

Partner Organization: Y-Malawi
Items Donated: 708
Children Impacted: 1,000+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, cones, pennies, playground balls and much other sports equipment. In Nkhoma region of Malawi, there are approximately 25,000 people with high illiteracy rates, lack of farming skills and tools, and significant health issues including an HIV-AIDS epidemic resulting in thousands of orphans. In addition, there are approximately 1 million children in Malawi with one or no parents, as well as children caring for ill parents. The mission of this program is to provide community-wide sustainable development and transformation in the areas of water and food security, health care, education, evangelism and discipleship, youth programs and economic development. Sports Gift has donated to this organization to a large degree on multiple occasions.

Morocco

Partner Organization: Peace Corps
Items Donated: 123
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of sports equipment included basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and uniform sets. The goal of this mission trip is to provide technical support by assisting in sustainable development activities. This equipment will be going to a medium sized local town that has a large emphasis on agricultural production. There is no school nearby, so students must live away from home to attend school. These kids have very few clothes, no sports clothes, and old and damaged shoes. They frequently play soccer barefoot on concrete or on rocky fields with shower sandals. This program wants to host kids and play sports with them, but lacks materials and equipment so must turn some away.

Rwanda

Partner Organization: All God's Children International
Items Donated: 757
Children Impacted: 500+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer jerseys and t-shirts. This program has been doing orphan care for over 18 years, and the jerseys and t-shirts were brought to the children at orphanages. The program worked to build a soccer field at the Home of Innocence, in Kilgali, Rwanda. This is a home for boys who have been living on the streets. It also worked with the children of the Noel Orphanage in Gisenyi. The children at the Noel Orphanage have very few living comforts. Multiple children share each bunk, and the living conditions are extremely rustic.

Rwanda

Partner Organization: People Helping People International, Inc. / Kids Play Int'l Program
Items Donated: 738
Children Impacted: 400+

This gift of sports equipment included baseballs, mitts, bats, basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, footballs, tennis racquets, tennis balls and other sports equipment. Kids Play Int'l Program provided short term service trips to promote interactive and educational sports programs and clinics for kids in orphanages and schools in Rwanda. After having lived through the horrific genocide of 1994, Rwanda has taken great strides to move forward and recover in the years since. Children learning through sports can be a very powerful tool that is engaging and instrumental in improving self-esteem, discipline, fair play and respect toward one another.

Rwanda

Partner Organization: Saddleback Church
Items Donated: 211
Children Impacted: 900+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, basketball, playground balls and other sports equipment was donated to Rwanda. The local church initiates and takes action to bring lasting change to the communities. In Rwanda, there are hundreds of children whose living conditions are very poor. Here, soccer is a vehicle used by the church to connect street children to families.

Sierra Leone

Partner Organization: Schools for Salone
Items Donated: 129
Children Impacted: 200+

This gift of sports equipment included uniform sets, jerseys, balls, cones and air pumps. This organization was designed to help rebuild many rural schools that were destroyed during the civil war. The program also aims to revitalize communities, empower children, and improve socioeconomic conditions for families, communities and future generations. Through enabling an education, they aim to break the cycle of poverty one school at a time. Lungi village is where this sports equipment will go and it was devastated by the civil war. The current school consists of two tiny mud and stick structures. It leaks terribly during the rainy season and there are no latrines.

South Africa

Partner Organization: Kristine Dicks
Items Donated: 67
Children Impacted: 20+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, playground balls, Frisbees, cones, equipment bags, pumps and uniform team sets. Kristine and her family are travelling to Johannesburg and wan to bring sports supplies to a school in Zambia, Siankaba. Only about 30% of the children in this community actually attend school.

South Africa

Partner Organization: Rolling Hills Covenant Church
Items Donated: 244
Children Impacted: 50+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, basketballs, basketball uniforms and other sports equipment went to Bridges Academy in South Africa. Bridges Academy is an orphanage/boarding school, which was founded after seeing the need for better education and safety for the communities' children. An estimated 10million people are presently living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Consequently, the number of children orphaned is devastating. In addition to the AIDS pandemic, the black South African townships are plagued by poverty, hunger, violence and unemployment. Brides Academy runs sports programs that allow all the students to participate.

Tanzania

Partner Organization: Grace Outreach
Items Donated: 1,667
Children Impacted: 370+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, shin guards, running shoes, basketballs, playground balls and other sports equipment. This program conducted soccer outreach in Kigoma, Tanzania. This is a small fishing town with numerous villages along Lake Tanyanika. The living conditions are well below the poverty line for most children and most of the outlying villages do not have electricity, and water is on a limited basis. Children go to school if their parents can afford the fees. Children have limited resources with regards to equipment, but love the game of football (soccer).

Tanzania

Partner Organization: Peace Corps
Items Donated: 349
Children Impacted: 800+

This gift of sports equipment included Frisbees, volleyballs, soccer balls, cones, shorts, jerseys, socks, goalie jerseys, t-shirts, and volleyball jerseys. Soccer is predominantly only played by boys in this region, and typically they play barefoot or with one sock on. Only the fortunate ones wear shoes, which are really a necessity since the field is just a dirt patch full of barbed wire and rocks. Due to their lack of involvement, the girls are gaining weight, sitting around lazily, and jealous of the boys. The Peace Corps are trying to start a girl's soccer team to encourage female empowerment, as well as academic excellence and physical fitness. Gender balance is a major issue here and inequality has been found to be a significant hurdle towards achieving economic development. Giving sports equipment to these girls will encourage them to be more active in their school, communities, and country.

Uganda

Partner Organization: Africa Youth Ministries
Items Donated: 1,874
Children Impacted: 8,800+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs, running shoes and other sports equipment. The equipments were used to serve vulnerable and orphaned young persons both in rural and urban areas without forgetting children and youth on the street. This program's project beneficiaries included children and youth affected by the 20 years of armed conflict in Northern Uganda and those orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic in Uganda.

Uganda

Partner Organization: Agape Community Center Program
Items Donated: 414
Children Impacted: 180+

This gift of sports equipment included team uniform sets, soccer balls, soccer nets, tennis balls, tennis rackets, soccer cleats, volleyballs, cones and Frisbees. The equipments were used to serve vulnerable and orphaned Ugandan children. Sports are used as a way to teach the children discipleship and mentorship and give children in the slums and opportunity to participate in a community activity. The ultimate goal is to build children's confidence and team spirit.

Uganda

Partner Organization: Kampala School of Excellance
Items Donated: 387
Children Impacted: 1,000+

This gift of sports equipment included shin guards, team uniform sets, soccer cleats, soccer balls, clipboards, cones, pumps and flags. The goal of this organization if to promote and develop the talents of children from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. Most of the children in Rubaga live in urban slums where access to basic life necessities is difficult. This organization seeks to assist in developing the talents of these children. Sports are used as a way to emancipate them from poverty.

Uganda

Partner Organization: Potters Field Ministry
Items Donated: 25
Children Impacted: 20+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer jerseys, soccer balls, Frisbees, ball pumps, whistles, first aid kits, and a bag.

Uganda and Kenya

Partner Organization: Sports Outreach Institute
Items Donated: 987
Children Impacted: 2,000+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, basketballs, basketball uniforms and other sports equipment. This organization has trained and equipped over 100 Ugandan and Kenyan men and women in the use of sports as a means to build community, further education, provide leadership training, promote vocational training and education, and evangelism. They serve slum communities and children who face extreme poverty, displacement or have been victimized by war. Many of the children are orphans or street children.

Uganda

Partner Organization: Sports Friends Items Donated: 525
Children Impacted: 500+

This gift of sports equipment included baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, and volleyball. This nonprofit Christian organization that works to bring sports and religion to impoverished peoples lives. They aim to develop leaders through community transformation. This community suffers from orphans, HIV/AIDS, lack of clean drinking water, early childhood pregnancy and low female education. Furthermore, this region is plagued with economic problems like corruption, nepotism, widening wealth gap, few health facilities, lack of access to medications and a high infant mortality rate.

Uganda

Partner Organization: UTOUCH
Items Donated: 298
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, uniforms, Frisbees, and other sports equipment was given to children in northern Uganda; Gulu, Kitgum and Pader. The living conditions are some of the worst found in the world, including extreme poverty, no running water, no indoor plumbing and no electricity in the huts. The way of life represents basic survival, including walking for water, gardening if the family has land, making bricks and etc. The sponsored students attend school. This program opened community resource centers for, students, teachers, health practitioners, all community members to access resources through technology as well as on site. The sports equipment was provided for members and sponsored students. Sports gift has donated to this organization on multiple occasions.

Zambia

Partner Organization: OM SportsLink
Items Donated: 2,556
Children Impacted: 1,500+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, running shoes, volleyball jerseys, basketball uniforms and other sports equipment was given to six villages in Zambia, which are located near the port city of Mpulungu. There are approximately 40,000 children. Many children/youth have no access to school. 80% of the population is illiterate. AIDS/HIV is common and 60% of the children have lost one or both parents to the disease. The schools that do operate in this area do not offer extra-curricular activities. According to Melvin Chiombe (field leader in Zambia), "Africa is a young continent, with the average age being about 17. If we think of transforming Africa, we must speak the language of the 17 year old person and that language is sport."

Zimbabwe

Partner Organization: Athletes in Action
Items Donated: 184
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of sports equipment included jump ropes, hacky sacks, stopwatches, running shoes, socks, first aid kits and an equipment bag. AIA sends college athletes into developing countries to compete there and spread the love of Jesus. This team is going to Harare to connect with coaches and athletes training and competing in track and field events.


2010

Botswana

Partner Organization: Campus Crusade for Christ
Items Donated: 234
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of soccer equipment included balls, uniforms, goalie jerseys, cleats and related soccer equipment. This soccer equipment is used with orphans in Gabarone, Botswana. Gabarone is the capital of Botswana and 2001 census put population at 186,000, with many orphans due to the high aids death rate. The program worked with a feeding station for two weeks and feeding hundreds of various youth daily as well as playing sports with them and giving them attention. When they leave the church, they left the sports equipment for the church to continue to use.

Ethiopia

Partner Organization: Coast Hills Community Church
Items Donated: 394
Children Impacted: 4,000+

This gift of soccer equipment included uniforms, balls, cones, goals and other related equipment was given to the community of Bahar Dar, which is located in the northern part of Ethiopia. Bahar Dar is a community of 225,000. A group of 1.3 million impoverished people (The Awi) is in Ethiopia. The Awi are primarily subsistence farmers and herders, and rely on themselves to survive. Very few children actually finish school beyond 3rd grade, as the kids actively participate in farming and herding of the few sheep they may have. Because this program has donated sports equipment, medical supplies and other to the local communities, it has been granted wonderful opportunities to share its faith and reach out to the communities to help.

Ethiopia

Partner Organization: International Medical Health Organization
Items Donated: 140
Children Impacted: 500+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, goalie jerseys, soccer balls and other sports equipment. This program serves to develop and improve health care services and infrastructure in under-served regions worldwide. One of its medical mission volunteer trips was to Northwest Ethiopia. The program worked with primary and secondary schools in rural and remote communities of mostly agricultural, impoverished region. It is a very underdeveloped area, meaning basic living accommodations for its residents. Therefore, the sports equipment will benefit the children to spend fun time.

Ghana

Partner Organization: Youth Soccer Exchange
Items Donated: 358
Children Impacted: 150+

This gift of soccer equipment included balls, uniforms, cleats, running shoes and other sports equipment. The mission of this program is to assist youth soccer teams in Ghana acquire the necessary equipment to participate in Youth Leagues in the country. The sports equipment was donated to the Dansoman community, which is made up of young families most of whom are unable to afford school fees for their children. After school, children are expected to help in running a small family business such as selling food or charcoal at a roadside stand. If they are lucky, they get an hour for homework and once a week play sports with friends.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Mt. Elgon Social and Health Initiative
Items Donated: 80
Children Impacted: 300+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer jerseys, jump rope and other sports equipment. The equipment was donated to Tuikut Village, which is located in the rural region of Mt. Elgon where there is neither running water nor electricity. The size of the community is about 1,500 people after the Kenyan Civil War in 2006. Because of the relatively recent catastrophes, roughly one-third of the children are orphans. Outside of school, the children have a number of family chores. By playing sports and learning teamwork, the past pain caused by the Civil War will be healed, and the children will learn how to work together.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Made In The Streets
Items Donated: 528
Children Impacted: 300+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, soccer uniforms, running shoes and other sports equipment. The mission of this organization is to give street children in Nairobi, Kenya opportunity for a new life. The organization has a Center in the Eastleigh area. All of their young people are initially sleeping on the streets. They go through garbage for food, they beg, they steal, they collect recyclables to sell, they do menial work to get a little money, they use drugs primarily glue, they live in rags and sleep against walls. They use some equipment with youth to play soccer and basketball games.

Kenya

Partner Organization: Biola University
Items Donated: 97
Children Impacted: 50+

This gift of soccer equipment was provided to a youth program in Kenya by Biola University students.

Liberia

Partner Organization: Hands of Mercy
Items Donated: 193
Children Impacted: 60+

This gift of soccer equipment included uniforms, goalie jerseys, balls and other related soccer equipment. This equipment was distributed to help children play in soccer league. Children are too poor to have uniforms and also to play in league. Community is Paynesville, Liberia, which is suburb of capital Monrovia. Liberia is recovering from thirteen years of devastating war. Area has no electricity or running water, and unemployment rate is over 70%.

Liberia

Partner Organization: Healey Foundation
Items Donated: 1,572
Children Impacted: 3,500

This gift of soccer equipment included balls, uniforms, cleats, shin guards and coaching supplies. The equipment is for the Friendly Youth playground recreation center in Caritas Freetown – Bo in Liberia. Hundreds of young people laze about the sidewalks aimlessly with no place to go and no idea on how to utilize their youthful energies. Many children sit indoors with the parents in fear of the many dangers they would be exposed to should they let their children out around the streets. The youth center will provide a safe haven to the youth.

Malawi

Partner Organization: Y-Malawi
Items Donated: 198
Children Impacted: 3,000+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, cones, pennies, playground balls and other sports equipment. In Nkhoma region of Malawi, there are approximately 25,000 people with high illiteracy rates, lack of farming skills and tools, and significant health issues including an HIV-AIDS epidemic resulting in thousands of orphans. In addition, there are approximately 1 million children in Malawi with one or no parents, as well as children caring for ill parents. The mission of this program is to provide community-wide sustainable development and transformation in the areas of water and food security, health care, education, evangelism and discipleship, youth programs and economic development.

Rwanda

Partner Organization: All God's Children International
Items Donated: 757
Children Impacted: 500+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer jerseys and t-shirts. This program has been doing orphan care for over 18 years, and the jerseys and t-shirts were brought to the children at orphanages. The program worked to build a soccer field at the Home of Innocence, in Kilgali, Rwanda. This is a home for boys who have been living on the streets. It also worked with the children of the Noel Orphanage in Gisenyi. The children at the Noel Orphanage have very few living comforts. Multiple children share each bunk, and the living conditions are extremely rustic.

Rwanda

Partner Organization: Kids Play International
Items Donated: 738
Children Impacted: 100+

This gift of sports equipment included baseballs, mitts, bats, basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls, soccer uniforms, footballs, tennis racquets, tennis balls and other sports equipment. Kids Play Int'l Program provided short term service trips to promote interactive and educational sports programs and clinics for kids in orphanages and schools in Rwanda. After having lived through the horrific genocide of 1994, Rwanda has taken great strides to move forward and recover in the years since. Children learning through sports can be a very powerful tool that is engaging and instrumental in improving self-esteem, discipline, fair play and respect toward one another.

Rwanda

Partner Organization: Saddleback Church
Items Donated: 2,117
Children Impacted: 1,000+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, cleats, shin guards and other equipment was donated to Rwanda. Saddleback Church established a soccer league and Bible study for orphans and children in the community.

Rwanda

Partner Organization: Saddleback Church
Items Donated: 275
Children Impacted: 250+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, basketball, playground balls and other sports equipment was donated to orphanages in Rwanda. The local church initiates and takes action to bring lasting change to the communities. In Rwanda, there are hundreds of children whose living conditions are very poor. Here, soccer is a vehicle used by the church to connect street children to families.

South Africa

Partner Organization: Rolling Hills Covenant Church
Items Donated: 244
Children Impacted: 50+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, basketballs, basketball uniforms and other sports equipment went to Bridges Academy in South Africa. Bridges Academy is an orphanage/boarding school, which was founded after seeing the need for better education and safety for the communities' children. An estimated 10million people are presently living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Consequently, the number of children orphaned is devastating. In addition to the AIDS pandemic, the black South African townships are plagued by poverty, hunger, violence and unemployment. Brides Academy runs sports programs that allow all the students to participate.

Tanzania

Partner Organization: Grace Outreach
Items Donated: 1,667
Children Impacted: 370+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, shin guards, running shoes, basketballs, playground balls and other sports equipment. This program conducted soccer outreach in Kigoma, Tanzania. This is a small fishing town with numerous villages along Lake Tanyanika. The living conditions are well below the poverty line for most children and most of the outlying villages do not have electricity, and water is on a limited basis. Children go to school if their parents can afford the fees. Children have limited resources with regards to equipment, but love the game of football (soccer).

Tanzania

Partner Organization: Peace Corp
Items Donated: 194
Children Impacted: 300+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, balls, cleats, basketballs, running shoes, playground items. Kicheba is a village of approximately 3,340 people living about 40 miles outside the Tanga Town in Tanzania. The village is very poor with limited resources. The children work very hard going to school, then doing chores and farm work after school. The school soccer team was able to successfully compete in a local soccer tournament finishing first place. As winners of the tournament, they received a male goat, while the second place team received a duck.

Uganda

Partner Organization: African Youth Ministries
Items Donated: 1,874
Children Impacted: 8,800+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, volleyballs, basketballs, running shoes and other sports equipment. The equipments were used to serve vulnerable and orphaned young persons both in rural and urban areas without forgetting children and youth on the street. This program's project beneficiaries included children and youth affected by the 20 years of armed conflict in Northern Uganda and those orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic in Uganda.

Uganda and Kenya

Partner Organization: Sports Outreach Institute
Items Donated: 987
Children Impacted: 2,000+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, soccer uniforms, basketballs, basketball uniforms and other sports equipment. This organization has trained and equipped over 100 Ugandan and Kenyan men and women in the use of sports as a means to build community, further education, provide leadership training, promote vocational training and education, and evangelism. They serve slum communities and children who face extreme poverty, displacement or have been victimized by war. Many of the children are orphans or street children.

Uganda

Partner Organization: U-Touch
Items Donated: 80
Children Impacted: 40+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer balls, uniforms, frisbees, and other sports equipment was given to children in northern Uganda; Gulu, Kitgum and Pader. The living conditions are some of the worst found in the world, including extreme poverty, no running water, no indoor plumbing and no electricity in the huts. The way of life represents basic survival, including walking for water, gardening if the family has land, making bricks and etc. The sponsored students attend school. This program opened community resource centers for, students, teachers, health practitioners, all community members to access resources through technology as well as on site. The sports equipment was provided for members and sponsored students.

Zambia

Partner Organization: OM SportsLink
Items Donated: 2,556
Children Impacted: 700+

This gift of sports equipment included soccer uniforms, soccer balls, running shoes, volleyball jerseys, basketball uniforms and other sports equipment was given to six villages in Zambia, which are located near the port city of Mpulungu. There are approximately 40,000 children. Many children/youth have no access to school. 80% of the population is illiterate. AIDS/HIV is common and 60% of the children have lost one or both parents to the disease. The schools that do operate in this area do not offer extra-curricular activities. According to Melvin Chiombe (field leader in Zambia), "Africa is a young continent, with the average age being about 17. If we think of transforming Africa, we must speak the language of the 17 year old person and that language is sport."