How We’re Making a Difference
Floating Doctors ran this campaign with One World Play Project to raise ultra-durable One World Futbols, soccer balls that never need a pump and never go flat, for Ngobe communities in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama. Every ball is greatly appreciated, and means a lot to the community members we serve!
Floating Doctors conducts ongoing health services, education, and community development projects with Ngobe communities that are scattered across 10,000 miles of mountain jungles and mangrove mazes. Since 2010 we have seen 60,000 patients. One of the major problems our communities face is the rise in obesity, and consequently diabetes. Nearly every community has a space where kids and young adults play soccer, but they rarely have balls to play with. Though we are occasionally able to provide other donated balls (usually volleyballs), they do lot last long. The soccer balls from One World Play Project have proven themselves to be incredibly durable and of great value to the community. We firmly believe that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Getting Ngobe children and adults moving through play will undoubtedly increase the overall health of the community.
One World Futbols are needed because the surfaces that children play on in the Bocas del Toro region of Panama are very rough and harsh. Standard soccer balls deflate and become unusable very quickly, which prevents children from playing. One World Futbols will last much longer and will allow children to play as long as they want.
Through this campaign, we raised three One World Futbols.