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?

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