Posted by alix ogilvie on May 9, 2014
Related program: GAMECHANGERS | sports micro-venture fund
We’re happy to share some recent updates from one of our partners in India.
Yuwa was a 2012 GAMEchangers grant recipient. The grant supported the design and construction of a new classroom that would become a safe place for Yuwa team. Since opening its doors in October 2012, Yuwa has developed a range of activities for the girls both on and off the field. Through after-school classes, life skills workshops and sports training and coaching, Yuwa provides a platform for young women to gain the confidence to express themselves and to feel more empowered to make their own choices.
Through team sport, Yuwa uses soccer as a mechanism to empower girls in some of the poorest communities in Jharkhand – a unique model that has worked with demonstrated results for more than four years. Yuwa welcomes new players, often living in isolation, and introduces them to a positive team environment that builds confidence, a strong sense of community and a model for self-improvement – and we hope it goes without saying, is fun. Through positive peer-influence from coaches, captains and other teammates, school attendance soars. Jharkhand has some of the highest rates of child marriage, human trafficking, and female illiteracy in India. In one of the world’s most difficult places to be female, Yuwa’s vision is: Every girl powerfully in charge of her own future.
In addition to classes, coaching and sport activities, Yuwa offers life-skills workshops. Once a day, five or six days a week, Yuwa’s full time Female Mentor, a young woman from Jharkhand, leads life-skills workshops with different teams. These workshops address critical topics like health, nutrition, hygiene, women’s rights, life planning, domestic violence, financial literacy, and self-esteem. Workshops are not lectures; they are interactive and discussion based, led by a person the girls trust – having an immediate impact on their lifestyles.
We are super impressed and proud to seeing so much use of the facility in its first year and a half. With many new projects in development, we’re looking forward to seeing more updates from Yuwa both on and off the field.
To learn about the history of the project: My game is beautiful