Life's great for Abdul now!

Try to fill in the missing words in this story. You will find them below.

Life's Great for Abdul Now!

Abdul lives in Pakistan, the country where ................ of all footballs in the world are made. When he was ........... years old, Abdul had to go to work with his ten-year-old brother, Abu, and his mother, Rakiya, ................. footballs all day. Abdul could make .............. footballs in one day and for this he earned about .............. . His mother earned about ......... a day. Abdul and his brother could not go to school because his family was so ............ . The family needed their wages to buy enough ................. and other basic necessities.

In January 2004, a new football-making company started in Pakistan, called Footballs Direct (now Bala Sport). This company ensures that all the people who stitch the footballs are paid a ............ .............. for their work. They are paid directly by the company, rather than being part of a very large business which is making ............... profits for itself.

Andul's mother, Rakiya, works for Bala Sport, in a small work unit in their ................ . She now earns about .............. a day. She enjoys working there because she does not have to travel to work. Also the unit has good .............. and .................. and is a pleasant place to work. Abdul's father also works for the company, printing the Fairtrade ............. on the footballs and ................... that they are properly made. (Bala must ensure that the quality of their footballs is as ............... as that of any other well-known brand.)

Abdul and Abu now go to ................. . they are not allowed to work for Bala because Fairtrade companies do not allow ..................... ............. - but now their parents can afford to pay for education for the two boys and for their little sister, Kayak. Abdul ................. school and wants to be a .............. ................ when he grows up.

Abdul's parents find that life is much better for the whole family now they work for Bala Sport. Rakiya has been able to take out a '................ ...............' (a loan on which she does not have to pay interest) from a .................. ............... .................. . She has used this to buy a pair of ................. in order to start a small .................. ............., to raise extra money for her family. Abdul's Mum has been able to buy him a new football- and also a new pair of .........................

The workers for Bala Sport have also joined together to build a ................... with money from their 'Social Premium' (a sum of money paid by the company to be used for the good of the whole society) - and to pay for a ................ to work there. Because they have a fair wage, the workers can afford to pay for ............... ....................... when they need it. When Abdul broke his arm he could have a .................... on it - and a sling.

In addition, the community has been able to afford to pay for ................... and ............ - ................. , so they now have .............. , clean, drinking water and do not catch diseases from ...................... water. They have also bought ................. pipes for watering the land and are beginning to grow much better crops. Abdul has been much ................. recently because he has had clean water to drink and good ................. to eat.

When Abdul's parents and their friends have made the footballs, some of them are exported to ................. . A few of them have come to Preston and one has been signed by Preston North End's most famous footballer, ............. ................... .

By buying a football from Bala Sport we are helping to keep Abdul's family healthy in Pakistan. Playing with the footballs can help to keep us healthy, too!

Use the following words to complete Abdul's story:

Tom Finney / poor / sports/ teacher / doctor /checking /micro credit / fund /clinic /water filters /

plaster / logo / goats /irrigation /child labour / shorts /food / 'soft loan' / safe /

three /ventilation /England /huge /vegetables /medical treatment /stitching /

standpipes / loves /£1.50 /school / lighting / 70p /three quarters /good /

milk / business /30p /polluted / healthier / village / fair wage /eight

 

Think how life has improved for Abdul because his parents now work for the Bala Sport company.

Then complete the following statement:

I think it is important to buy Fairtrade footballs

because..............................................................................

 

Now try to answer these questions

The 32 panels in a football are of two shapes. What is the proper name of these?

................................. and .............................................

Have a guess! How many stitches are there in a football?

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