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All around the world, kids love games

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Whether they live in a rural African village or American suburbs, kids are kids — and kids everywhere love games. Some of these games of jump rope, marbles, and tag might not appear at the Olympics, but the children playing them are champions to us.

kids are kids and games are games: How children play around the world.

Cambodia: Children play a high jump game in Leuk Daek, a district in southeastern Cambodia where World Vision has been active since 2000. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)

The games kids play around the world.

Zambia: Eight-year-old Rosemary, left, plays a traditional African game called mancala (or in some places kigogo) with a friend near her home in Moyo, in southern Zambia.


A not so kid game - boxing is used to build character in Mongolian youth.

Mongolia: Otgonbayar Rentsenlkhagva (in red), 15, trains with other children and teenagers at the Eagle Boxing Club in Bayankhongor. Founder Oyunbold Bold started the gym, which is supported by World Vision, to give young people a safe place to develop confidence and skills. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)


Kids around the world are same when it comes to games.

Armenia: On a regular visit to the Tarloyan family, Father Paren lifts his cassock to his knees and kicks a ball with 9-year-old Vahag, who is sponsored through World Vision. During his visits, Father Paren listens to Vahag and his siblings to discern if they have issues at home or school that he can help them address. Then, they have some fun. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)


A stick and a ball are all kids need for hours of games.

Dominican Republic: Though many Major League Baseball players hail from the Dominican Republic, it’s the girls in this neighborhood who go to bat with determination in their eyes. Here, sports play a crucial role in building confidence and self-esteem among teenage girls. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Abby Stalsbroten)


Kids love games no matter where in the world you find them.

India: Students at Markang Lower Primary School in Amri, India, play games like ghura khel (horse game) before or after class. (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)


Kids and games like marbles are popular around the world.

Honduras: Children everywhere play variations of the game of marbles—including Ever Francisco, 9, and his father, Francisco Rodriguez. (©2013 World Vision/photo by Laura Reinhardt)


The sun may go down, but kids love to play games into the night.

Zambia: “The beautiful game,” as soccer is known, becomes even more beautiful when played at dusk beneath a multicolored sky in Zambia. Learn how to make a soccer ball like the one pictured here! (©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)


tug of war, one of the most popular games for children

Lebanon: Syrian refugee children play tug-of-war at World Vision’s Early Childhood Education program at Rajab, an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Along with learning English, math, Arabic, and science, students participate in plenty of songs and games. (©2016 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)


all day play is the rule for kids and games around the world

Mozambique: Delfina Candido, center, and her friends are avid jump ropers. The third-grader and sponsored child says, “After church, we will play all day long until we come back home.” (©2012 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)


Kids can use anything to make a game.

Mongolia: Dulamsuren, 12, plays a Mongolian game called shagai (anklebone game) with Nasanbayar Daskkhuu, a World Vision staff member, at Dulamsuren’s home in Bayankhongor. The game uses anklebone pieces from goats; each bone has four distinct sides, making for several game options. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)


It looks like fun and games, but kids also learn character while playing.

Peru: The World Vision-supported Children’s Parliament in Huanta, Peru, is full of lively, enthusiastic children and teenagers, all eager to stand up for their rights and make a difference in their community. During each weekly meeting, they make time for group games. (©2014 World Vision/photo by Eugene Lee)


Kids use games to deal with tough situations in life.

South Sudan: In Pagai, a camp for internally displaced people in South Sudan, wooden posts mark the goal line for soccer games. Forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence, children and teenagers here find respite at World Vision-run Child-Friendly Spaces. Even amid the direst circumstances, staff at the spaces help kids create ways to play. (©2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren)


Kids who love games often look up to sports stars as role models.

Honduras: Eight-year-old Clementino Manueles gets at little help from Anthony “Buckets” Blakes, Kevin “Special K” Daley, and Fatima “TNT” Maddox, three Harlem Globetrotters who visited Clementino’s community in Yamaranguila, Honduras. (©2014 World Vision/photo by Lindsey Minerva)

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