Frontline Stories

How’d They Do That?

Learn how children create their own fun by making a football.

In rural Rwanda, soccer gear doesn’t come from a sporting goods store – and as in many other aspects of life, resourcefulness and creativity play a big part. In the skillful hands of a child, recycled items take shape and transform to a ball, enabling groups of soccer-hungry kids to start a game.

Here’s how they do it:

1) Gather cloth rags, plastic and paper shopping bags, newspapers, and twine.
2) Crumple one bag up into a small ball, which will be the centre of the finished ball.
3) Wrap the small ball with layers of bags, newspapers and cloth, keeping its shape round and push out extra air with each layer.
4) For the last layer, cover the ball with the thickest bag.
5) Wrap the ball with twine, pulling tightly and making a web of knots to cover the entire ball.
6) Bounce the ball on the ground a few times to see if any parts come loose; if so, cover with more twine and knots.

Have you ever tried to make a DIY football?

Malaria: More Than Just a Health Issue

[2018/04/25] On a Wednesday in late 2017, Francine, 29, a mother of 3 in Burundi, held a young baby in her hands, while her s......

Restoring the Lives of Children Affected By Conflict

[2018/04/16] In Kasai region, in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, a mother is working hard to normalise the lives of ch......

A Chicken-and-egg Solution

[2018/04/03] Harriet’s four young stars can finally dream of eating eggs again. The family of six just received 16 chickens f......

Goals for Syrian Refugee Children

[2018/03/27] When it rains in Za’atari Refugee Camp, it’s chaos.

Empowering Ethiopian Women through a Gardening and Savings Club

[2018/03/08] When Workalem was married at 16 and had her daughter by the age of 17, she seemed to be stuck in a cycle that so......

10 Ways How Children Value Friendship

[2018/02/28] From abuse to hatred, we live in a world constantly confronted with many challenges that affect the lives of mil......

6 Facts about Female Genital Mutilation

[2018/01/26] More than 200 million women and girls around the world are living with the results of the dangerous practice of ......

8 Reasons to Have Hope in 2018

[2018/01/20] Hope is infectious, even healing. But in a world that’s often dark, what is there to be hopeful for? Here are 8 ......

10 Facts: Life in Northern Uganda's Refugee Settlements

[2017/10/26] World Vision, in partnership with two other humanitarian organisations, conducted an inter-agency study of refug......