Yuwa-Certified by Nike, Bloomberg, and Coke, utilizes football (soccer) as a powerful platform to promote health, education and improved livelihoods. Striving to continue to reach the hardest, most at-risk group in the community, the group that has the least opportunity but is the most important agent for change—young women.
When a girl is born in Jharkhand, India her life has usually already been planned out for her. She is isolated— if she is not seen working, she is harassed. She is illiterate—more than six in ten women here can’t read. She is married off—Jharkhand leads Indian states in child marriages. She remains vulnerable— an estimated 30,000 girls from Jharkhand are trafficked every year. She gets pregnant. The cycle continues.
When a girl organizes or joins a Yuwa team, through positive peer pressure she becomes a more regular student—players elect team captains, who keep track of school attendance, and many girls attend daily study sessions at Yuwa Club. She pays attention to her own health and to the health of her teammates. She marries when she chooses—on Yuwa's first team, not a single girl has gotten married below the age of 18. She will raise a healthy family. The cycle continues.
Target population: Underprivileged youth, specifically girls between 5-17 years old. Yuwa players’ average and median age is 12.
Direct reach: Yearly: 2,000 - Monthly: 300 - Weekly: 150
Indirect reach: Yearly: 12,000 - Monthly: 1,800 - Weekly: 900
Please visit website for future projections. http://yuwa-india.org/program/program.html
The girls had the potential, football was a rallying point and I merely connected the two. Their resilience and resourcefulness leaves me in awe. - Franz Gastler , Executive Director and Founder
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,140
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $43,860
Total Funding Goal: $50,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).