Domingo’s Ball, Chicome, Mozambique
Chicome is a little village far from everything. There is no road leading there, just sandy trails through the bush. The village has no running water or electricity, and life there revolves around farming and football. Every day at 4pm the boys gather on the pitch where, thanks to a ball, life is magically transformed for an hour or so. Every young boy in this village has his own handmade football. As there are no shops in the village, there is very little rubbish, so children make footballs out of whatever materials they can find. This ball is made from an old rice bag and seedling bag bound together. Sometimes they even play matches against neighbouring villages. This takes three days: one day to walk the 25km (15.5 mi.) to the match, one day to play, and one day to walk back.