Every two years, the world waits in anticipation for the Olympic Games. It is the height of athleticism, competition, and pride in one's country. For athletes that compete in the games -- this event can be the realization of dreams or the disappointment of a lifetime.
All of this fanfare, built around games.
While the Olympics represent the upper echelon of games, for many, games are simply a way to pass the time, connect with others and have fun. The Olympics utilize the best in facilities and technology, but many games for people in developing nations involve found objects, a heavy dose of creativity and ingenuity. These games will never make it to the Olympics -- and that's okay. The joy they bring to their participants is worth more than a gold medal.
CHECK OUT GAMES FROM AROUND THE WORLD:
In the Dereig refugee camp in Darfur, this little boy has found a way to have fun using a homemade hoop.
Children in India spend their recess playing "kabaddi"- a type of tag game.
In between the end of the school day and starting homework, 12 year old Tri and friends playing marbles in the Quang Ngai province of Vietnam.
In Tanzania, Paulina and her brother Lameck have made a game by digging small holes in the ground and moving rocks from space to space.
Maggie, a World Vision sponsored child in Zambia, jumps high in the air as she and her friends play a game known as ìWiderî.
Moussa, an eleven year old boy in Zambia, skips and leaps into the air just for the fun of it.
In Ghana, a group of children make chores seem a little less like work by joking as they walk several miles to fetch water from a pond near their village.