The Mission and Objective of the Peace Ball Project is simple in its concept, yet rewarding in its benefits. All we seek to do is ask: "would you contribute to giving a gift ball to the beneficiary, children that we are so desperate to help?"
We are using the imagery of a simple, round ball, which symbolizes the goodness of play and sports in a way that we like to play some small part in World Peace.
Peace Ball Project is the brainchild of Sebahattin DEVECİOĞLU, an academic at Firat University, Sports Sciences Faculty, Elazig, Turkey. He sought to make a difference through "giving away 'Game Balls' as presents to children". These beneficiaries often from refugee camps and migrants from deprived areas, including overspill from war torn zones, where horrifically the children have lost everything. A little gesture makes a huge difference to these young people who seek to discover something, however small, but positive to hang on to by way of hope in their lives.
Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. Since the inception of the MDGs in 2000, sport has played a vital role in enhancing each of the eight goals, a fact which has been recognized in numerous Resolutions of the General Assembly. In the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sport’s role for social progress is further acknowledged:
“Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.”
UNICEF is making effort for reaching 43 million children worldwide. It says, "because children have the same rights to thrive, play, and practice sports."
The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Countries neighbouring the Syrian Arabic Republic are hosting more than 4.8 Million registered Syrian refugees, including more than 2.2 Million children. By the end of November 2016, Turkey had the highest number of registered Syrian refugees (2,764,500), About 380,000 Syrian children of school age are missing out on education in Turkey, raising the risk of a “lost generation”, according to the UN children’s fund of UNICEF. Nearly 180,000 babies were born to Syrian refugees in Turkey between April 2011 and September 2016. followed by Lebanon (1,017,433), Jordan (655,833), Iraq (227,971) and Egypt (115,204). Depleted resources, the high cost of living and restricted livelihood opportunities due to lack of access to employment and legal residency are making it difficult for vulnerable families to meet their own and their children’s basic need
We start with the offering of a Peace Ball in hope - our subsequent phases of development expect to go into other areas of support to these most needy including: accommodation, health and education. You would be amazed as we have seen first hand how a ball literally changes lives of these young people. Each donation guarantees to go towards delivering a Balls to a needy neighbourhood and a Child/Children.
“We are inviting the whole mankind to this meaningful project with the wishes of ending the wars in the world and sustaining the peace”