Girls receive a ball from college soccer players. With hope, these girls too will be able to go to college with a scholarship to play soccer. A rare opportunity for many girls.
A young man continues his education at highschool. As the school is too far a distance from home, this is the bunk room he proudly shares with his fellow classmates.
No shoes. Nothing new.
Handmade ball from trash and string.
An all girls school is given full jerseys, shorts, socks, shoes, and balls.
Many kids do not get to have something of their own. They cannot afford to. Top students receive their own, unique, bags to encourage them to continue with their schooling.
Handmade balls from trash and string. We commonly trade one of our soccer balls for these handmade balls.
Young boy makes his own ball. Stringing the ball evenly and tightly makes a big difference.
Barefoot ballers. Shoes are a luxury. The few who have the privelage of having a pair of shoes often choose not to play in them so they do not get ruined.
Inside an empty classroom. Many time, there are hundreds of students to a single teacher. Well paid teachers in rural areas can earn a professional wage close to $250 per year.
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Two young girls make a trip for fresh water. It is very common for young kids, girls especially, to stop going to school in order to help with common survival tasks like getting water.
Rarely have kids seen themselves in a mirror, let alone in a camera. They do not know what they look like, and thus do not know to smile!
While many of the adults spend days away from the kids, the older kids often take care of the younger ones.
Locals wash up in the water.
Looking for edible mushrooms, these girls are on the hunt for food to eat.
Our star soccer player, Alex, shows crowds that girls can do anything boys can do...and better. She has never lost a juggle challenge against any local man yet. The girls go wild every time.
She waves at us as we drive by.
Boys vs Girls. For the first time, girls teams are required for each boys team. For the schools we support, the girs must be given just as many opportunities to succede as the boys.
Joy is round.
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