Its rightly said “The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for” ~ Allan K. Chalmers
Thank You for adding these Something’s to the life of many young people from vulnerable backgrounds through our (Dream A Dream's) Life Skill Programs by giving them hope for the best from their future and also by bringing in a caring adult into their life in the form of a life skill facilitator or a mentor.
One such Hope and Aspiration is of Raju's (name changed). Raju has been a part of our football program for the last two years. He is currently studyig in 8th standard at our partner organization. When he came into our program, he was not very interested. He used to do what the coach told him, but he was very lazy in all the activities and used foul language during the session. With regular attendance to the sessions, he gradually started improving both his football skills and even in his behaviour. He used to help the facilitator and soon started building strong relationships with the other members of the team. From then on, he was happy. He told the facilitator that he would listen to everyone and respect his elders. When asked, whether it was the program that had led to these changes? and if so, why had he changed. He said that the program had previously been focused on learning football skills but now the focus is on teaching life skills as a part of the curriculum. He said that the team agreements helped him to make changes in his behaviour both inside and outside the game. He started to take initiative during the games and behave responsibly during the sessions. If he had any doubts, he would clarify them in the session itself and he often came out with some very powerful and relevant questions. “I feel like I too have changed through my involvement in the program. I learned better ways to behave with my elders and with younger children, responsibility, how to take initiative and most importantly, I learned how to be a leader and I’m really happy I learned this because it is a very good quality to have. I have learned that I have to be a good soccer player and the importance of relationships, not only in soccer but also in my life outside of the game. The football program has made a lot of changes in my life and I know how to work hard to achieve a bright future for myself.”
He also quotes: “I have never seen this kind of program and it makes me feel good. The first session is one of the most memorable days of my life. I have been playing football since I was 10 and I used to play very selfishly. Once I lost a game due to my selfishness and this made me realise that being selfish is very bad and you can’t score a goal if you behave like that. After going to some sessions, I have become much more honest, my football skills are a lot better and there have even been changes in my life. Thank you Dream A Dream!”
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All this has been possible only due to the undying commitment and support from donors like YOU, who have helped us, Dream A Dream, to continue to reach out to many more young people in helping them unleash their potential and take over the life’s challenges with confidence.
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