IN Malawi, we discovered the local kids use around 100 wrapped condoms that they get from Hospitals and from some scrupulous adults as chore payments to make footballs because local balls are unreliable, expensive and burst because of local conditions. These second-grade balls originate from countries like China, India and Pakistan. Good manufacturers producing first-rate footballs like Taiwan and the UK are no longer available to these people in Malawi.
Condoms are being used as currency; some scrupulous adults exchange firewood collection, building products transport e.g. bricks and other unethical chores for condoms they have received through the medical system, so their primary healthcare function to prevent sexual diseases and prevent pregnancy is compromised.
The condoms are wrapped over pieces of blanket and cloth in order to achieve a football; obviously the number of condoms that are used determines the size of the ball. The final stage is strings of cotton that are wrapped around to preserve the final balls integrity!
Mdokera used to buy new first-rate footballs, but are no longer available and from far away. Good footballs are only available at more than 15 000KW ($55) per ball and more than 200kms away after preordering, making it difficult to solve the condom misuse. $55 is unaffordable.
We are going to upload a video shortly of how the guys make them, but the end result is that all these kids love football and have a complete blast on the beach playing the game.
Our aim is to find a premier football club willing to send their used balls to Malawi, the local school, to curb the misuse of condoms…
If anyone has a lead or can introduce this story to the appropriate parties, let us know please?
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