HAND THE BALL
The trio behind GOALCHATM, Lasse Boesen, Torben Sørensen and Ole Bruun Andersen were in 2011 invited to Kenya by former Danish Handball team player Erik Junge Madsen. Erik was living in Nairobi at the time and had 20 years of experience working on projects in slums. Eric’s passion for handball made him invite the trio behind the GOALCHATM concept to Nairobi to test GOALCHATM Street Handball in the slums.
We soon found out that the GOALCHATM– concept and GOALCHATM-Ball fit perfectly in the slums. Together we found some commercial partners who would support a one year pilot project at 2 schools in the Kibera area of Nairobi. When the pilot project was completed, it was spread out to 12 different schools in Nairobi and was a great success.
All parties involved agreed to start HAND THE BALL, with focus on educate young people in the slum areas to be coaches in schools and support them with a lot of GOALCHATM-Ball.
HAND THE Ball
HAND THE BALL is a non-profit foundation aiming to improve the quality of life of children and teenagers in developing countries and disaster areas world wide, through physical, non-competitive group activities with the unique puncture-free GOALCHATM-Ball .
Today we have over 6000 GOALCHATM-Ball and regular Handballs in Kenya and Tanzania.
What good does HAND THE BALL actually do in Kenya?
To answer that question we thought it would be better to show how a HAND THE BALL-area look like in real life. And to introduce Benedict – one of our fine trainers who each day activate 46 children in Dagoretti, Nairobi.
It is stories like Benedict that keeps us motivated to more. Because there’s really for what HAND THE BALL is all about – givind children the right to play.