I'm happy to let everyone know that three of the fourteen futbols we purchased have found a loving home. The first update I received was from my friend Denny who emailed to let me know that the two balls we ordered for the Haitian orphanage he is affiliated with had arrived at his home in Colorado. Shortly thereafter, my Uncle Bill and Aunt Teresa sent me a photo of the shipment of the twelve One World Futbols they received in Iowa.
While the shipment of futbols was being stored at Bill and Teresa's home, they happened to host three boys, ages 10 and 11, from the Ugandan Orphan's Choir named Allan, Joseph, and Julius. One evening, Bill took out a One World Futbol for the boys to play with and they had a great time with it. I asked Teresa to please give them one of the balls to take home, which they did. So the first ball that was delivered will not end up in Haiti, but instead will go to Uganda with Allan, Joseph, Julius, and the boys from the Ugandan Orphan's Choir.
The remaining eleven One World Futbols in Iowa were then delivered to the youth group at Bill and Teresa's church, who will be heading down to Haiti from August 1st through 8th. They will be sending us photos of their experience with the kids who will receive the balls.
Finally, last night, I received a much anticipated email from Denny, my old college friend, who has an organization called Loving Haiti which supports an orphanage, sewing center, school, and church in Pignon, Haiti. Denny wrote, "My wife is in Haiti right now and she gave these balls to the kids over a week ago and they are still going strong!!! I can't begin to tell you how many times I have given these kids brand new balls and they were destroyed in less than an hour. Three days is the longest I can remember a ball lasting in Haiti without popping. There are thirty five kids at this orphanage and they play hard. My wife said you can see the surprise on their faces that these balls are still working for them!
Please send our thank you to your students, my wife and I really appreciate the fundraising and effort to get us these balls and the kids in the orphanage would also like to say 'Merci!' That is a really neat thing your students did for the kids in Haiti and we are very thankful!"
Thank you Denny and Abby Bain for helping us get these futbols to kids who will surely appreciate them.
Thanks again for everyone who has helped with this project. Stay tuned for more updates to our One World Futbol project coming this summer.
Visit the One World Futbol website for more info on a great organization: www.oneworldfutbol.com
Previous posts about our project:
- The original plan
- Update #1