As we finished the well and began packing up, one of the boys saw us, grabbed the soccer ball and brought it back to me. All the kids followed. I said to him with a smile, “No, this is now yours. I’ve given it to you.” Immediately they ran, cheered and celebrated like they had just won the lottery! I was moved by their response. I loved seeing and knowing that they had a real ball to call their own. I was also blown away at how something so small and simple could have such a big impact.
When I returned to the United States, I kept thinking about those kids in Ntette and how that soccer ball brought them so much joy. Knowing that there are millions of other kids around the world in the same kind situation, I decide that I wanted to do more to help.
And that’s how Charity Ball started.