Dad’s promise to build son a toy now international project to help others

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Stuart Marsh (top left) and James Kitia (top right) stand with Kitia's sons, Aza (left) and Benny (right) with an early prototype of the truck, as well as a new version and a soccer ball, also made by Kitia for his sons to play with. (Linze Rice / DNAinfo)

EDGEWATER — Growing up in Tanzania, James Kitia knew two things: He loved to play soccer, and he knew how to be resourceful when it came to making toys.

Years later, those skills are coming in handy as Kitia and Stuart Marsh, co-owner of Edgewater Workbench, a 3D printing and wood laser-cutting shop at 1130 W. Thorndale Ave., embark on a project that will help build a new soccer stadium in Kitia’s hometown, where he now runs a soccer camp of his own.

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On Thursday, the pair launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund some of the base costs in order to support initial production.

Those funds will be raised through The Puzzle Truck — a toy Kitia secretly designed for his car-loving 10-year-old son, Benny, after promising to improve on an earlier, more flimsy model he’d made using household items.

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