Expanding the Mann Deshi Champions Programme
While the Champions program has supported 4000 athletes so far, only a few hundred go on to become professional sportspeople. All our athletes come from very poor, rural and SC/ST farming backgrounds. As in most part of our country, once most girls complete their high school degree, they are expected to be married. The Champions program tries to break this cycle.
The Mann Deshi Champions sports program has supported a number of athletes to compete in tournaments, become professional athletes and earn a decent livelihood while also keeping their love for sports alive.
This project seeks funding to continue supporting young athletes. The following areas of support are required.
a. Improving the quality of local coaches: India suffers from the lack of highly skilled coaches in primary schools. The Mann Deshi Champions both supports alumni enroll in the high-quality coaching training programs as well as runs up-skilling workshops for existing coaches.
As part of this initiative, every year, Mann Deshi Champions sends athletes to train at the National Institute of Sports in Delhi to become certified coaches. Moreover, twice a year, 50 local government school coaches from Solapur, Satara, Sangali and Kolhapur district participate in training workshops organized by the Champions programs. The training is given by the Sprinters Club Coaches of Mumbai and covers several topics including basic sports training, nutrition awareness and gender equality. These coaches reach over 5000 athletes.
b. Financially supporting those athletes and alumni who want to enter sports related professions.
The Champions program is dedicated to supporting its athletes – especially young girls – explore sports as a career. These young women start earning an income for the very first time, often become the primary breadwinners in their families and have more say and control over their lives and choices. They also become role models in their villages.
We have tied up with several training programs in Mumbai and Delhi for a variety of diploma and short-stay courses. Moreover, Satara district has the highest number of recruits in law- enforcement. This is because a job as a police officer pays extremely well, especially when compared to the average farming income. Mann Deshi supports young athletes to pass the required physical and written tests. Again, there is a special emphasis on supporting young girls.
While so far 65 athletes have been supported in the next three years, the Champions program hopes to support 1000 athletes find employment. We aim to
Provide financial support for 150 female athletes to get a sports education diploma and find employment in the sports industry Provide 900 athletes with employment in the law-enforcement industry Provide professional national-level training to over 900 highly skilled athletes
Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,
I would like to share a story of Snehal, a bicycle girl.
Fourteen year old Snehal attends the 9th standard of the New English School in Vele. Her father is a truck driver and she lives with eleven other family members in a tiny home about three kilometres away from her school. Early each morning, Sneha and her brother walk to school. Despite the gruelling commute, she is not only an excellent student but also enjoys participating in sports, cultural and other co-curricular activities after school.
Since she received her new bicycle, Shehal, who also ferries her brother to school, has more time to participate in her beloved extracurricular activities. Her family is also very relieved that both children now have a safe journey to and from school.
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The residents of Kolegaon village famously address Manisha as ‘Farm Engineer’. Despite of leaving school after 8th standard, she still managed to earn this respect due to her work.
Few years back, Manisha would sell pomegranates from their garden to earn a living. However, owing to the meagre income and the seasonal nature of this business, she was left struggling to handle day to day expenses and send her children to school. Meanwhile, she got introduced to Mann Deshi through a mobilization drive in her village. She enrolled with Mann Deshi and learnt how to develop her own business, time management and self-management skills and financial management. Inspired by what she learned, she decided to start her own goat, cow and hen rearing business to compensate for the seasonal loss in agriculture.
Manisha mentions that she gained the confidence that change her life after realizing that she was not alone. She used to be much isolated from the community. She had learnt electrical appliance repair but used to repair the appliances only in her own house and farm. With her increased confidence, she started helping others in the village to repair any faulty appliances. Today, villagers residing in Kolegaon and vicinity come to Manisha for many kinds for appliance repair. She repairs all types of motors, pumps, drives a tractor by herself and fixes any problems with electricity.
Villagers ask her, “You’re just 8th pass and how do you always innovate and come up with solutions?” To which, Manisha blissfully replies, “This is an era of technology. Rest of the world is using so much technology so why should we stay behind?”
Now, she is more active within her community and participates in social events regularly. She is very proud of where she is today because through her own hard work, she gained the respect and appreciation from her family and community members. She always recommends Mann Deshi to her friends so that they could also be helped the same way.
Her children are her inspiration to work with dedication. She wants to provide higher education to both of her kids. Her daughter wants to be a doctor and son, an engineer. Manisha is confident enough that she’ll expand her business further to bear the educational expenses of her children.
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