Making footballs that can save lives in Africa

$15,108 $484,892
Raised Remaining


100 stitchers are making tough, repairable leather soccer balls & volleyballs in Africa for kids who hardly get to see a proper ball. Each ball carries a simple HIV/AIDS or Malaria awareness message.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The opportunity to play sport in Africa is inhibited by a chronic shortage of balls. There is no large scale ball production on the continent, and imported balls are expensive and largely inappropriate for the tough playing conditions. Alive & Kicking is addressing this problem by making balls in Kenya & Zambia from local leather and selling them at cost. Over 140,000 balls have been made to date, each carrying simple awareness messages on HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

How will this project solve this problem?

We make affordable balls so that youngsters from poorer communities are able to play more sport. We also create awareness of preventable illnesses by printing messages on each ball and distributing our awareness posters featuring sports personalities

Potential Long Term Impact

We plan to avail 100,000 balls yearly to encourage young people to participate in sport and enhance their life skills. These same people are most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, so we plan to distribute our awareness posters to all 24,000 Kenyan schools.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $15,108

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $15,108 .  The original project funding goal was $500,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Thanks to 233 donors like you, a total of $15,108 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Joel Kinuthia

Country Manager
Nairobi, N/A Kenya

Where is this project located?

Kenya   Sport
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