Mann Deshi Foundation

The organization seeks to improve the quality of life of women and their families living in the rural areas of Maharashtra & Karnataka. Our primary objective is to empower rural women and fight injustices based on gender, caste and class. Our programs are designed to improve our clients' quality of life by promoting education, health, property rights, leadership and technology.
Jun 3, 2016

13 and Married

 13 and Married-

Ranjana looks like an ordinary 13-year-old girl. However, when you look at her neck, a gleaming gold mungalsutra is visible—that is because Ranjana is married. Five months ago, Ranjana was married to her twenty-year-old husband who resides in the village of Bacheri.

She dropped out of school when she was in eighth grade. As Ranjana grew and took on the responsibilities of a woman, her mother started to worry. Ranjana’s mother had concerns about her daughter’s safety because she was alone all day and living with an alcoholic father. Her solution was to get Ranjana married.

Now Ranjana is living with her husband and mother in law in Bacheri.  Her mother in law is against Ranjana going back to school because she does not want Ranjana to be more educated than her son. Her son is a wage laborer who tries to get work wherever he can—cutting sugar cane, building houses, and crushing stones. Mann Deshi has provided another alternative for Ranjana. Through skills based workshops such as tailoring, Ranjana will gain the ability to earn an income so she can support herself and her household.

Thank you so much to Mann Deshi Supporters !

Jun 3, 2016

My Best Friend is a Cycle

My Best Friend is a Cycle
My Best Friend is a Cycle

"Cycle is my best friend so I take a good care of my best friend", says Sunita

Sunita (aged 16) lives with her father, mother and 2 elder brothers in Mhaswad, Maharashtra. Both of her parents are farmers and support Sunita’s eduation but the jounrey has been a difficult one. It used to take Sunita 40 minutes to get to school so she would get there late and come home late—a very exhausting process that affected her studies.

After receiving a bicycle from Mann Deshi, Sunita is able to reach school within 15-20 min by cycling, thereby saving time by almost 30 min. Because of that she able to studied more for her 10th grade exams and is achieve 90%.

She wants to be a police officer and serve the nation; and for that regular exercise is must. However cycling is one of the best forms of exercising. Sunita said "Cycle is my best friend so I take a good care of my best friend"

Thanks to Global Giving as this all possible because of Global Giving Supporters.

May 4, 2016

Shoes, Equipments and Sports Summit

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Mann Deshi Champions: Mann Deshi Champions Sports Academy is a program of Mann Deshi Foundation that offers sports facilities, equipment, space, training and nutrition for children and youth in Mhaswad, India. The aim of the Mann Deshi Champions is to empower rural girls and create opportunities for them to broaden their physical and social skills through sports.

Facilities offered under Mann Deshi Champions Sports Academy

     400 Meter Running Track, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Soccer and Handball Ground

     Equipment’s for all the major sports

     Dedicated trained coach

     Sports Shoes and Kit

     Nutritiously balanced Breakfast

     Annual Medical Camp

     Winter Camps with specialized Trainers from the City (Mumbai and Pune)

     Leadership Development opportunities through social-motor Skills and personality development

Issues in India which will be addressed through Mann Deshi Champions Sports Academy:

     47 % of Indian girls are married before the age of 18 and after school dropout they start working as laborer or get
     married

     In India 37.2 % women experience domestic violence and community abuse

     World’s 30% illiterate population lives in India

Unity:In spite of India’s socio-cultural norms such as caste discrimination, sport has the power to bring everyone together. Mann Deshi’s Sports program is embedded to empower children through physical, social activities and education.

Experience Sharing: After the sports practice the breakfast session is used as the opportunity to gather boys and girls together in a casual environment. Every child should be given the opportunity to talk about achievements and challenges of their daily life and learn the daily life skills. . This session will consist of storytelling, motivational film watching and social game for education

Personality Development: The sports’ characteristics such as quickness, speed, alertness, team spirit, and strategies help athletes and especially the Mann Deshi Champions’ girls to become stronger, competitive and healthier. These characteristics are important for women in developing countries. Sports makes a positive contribution to the development of children. It increases confidence, builds life skills, swiftness, physical strength, and creates social networks. This results in to girl empowerment.

Mann Deshi Champions Sports Academy Curriculum: A well-designed sports curriculum is an effective platform for empowering girls in rural India.

     Session 1: 6:00 am to 6:30 am Warm-up

     Session 2: Morning 6:30 am to 8:15 am Practice.

In this session the instructor will teach the basic skills of various sports. At the end of the practice sessions there are practice games to make the children’s competitive

     Session 3: 8:15 am to 9:00 am

Goals for 2016-18:

     Empowering 100 Sarita’s  (Athletes at the National level)

     Advance Training for the Coach

     Increasing Girls Participation

     Starting Co-ed Field Hockey program

     Advance Winter Camp for the Athletes

     Equipment Stock- Specially Wrestling and Long Distance Run

 

Donors Support: Mann Deshi Champion’s program has been able to provide sporting equipment, running shoes, breakfast, training and upcoming Sports Summit to young rural children’s of India.

Upcoming Sports Summit Objectives:

     To focus on holistic development of Mann Deshi Champions athletes

     To conduct complete health checkup and plan follow up over the coming year

     To create mentor mentee program for excellence

     To provide exposure to current development, opportunities and resources in sports

     To connect urban rural sports champions

Dates: First week of June 2016

Location: Mumbai

Curriculum for the Sports Summit:

     Session 1: Interaction with athletes, and listening to their stories

     Session 2: Mentorship from coaches

     Session 3: Mentor – Mentee sessions and Counselling and Psychology tests

     Session 4: Medical Checkup and Nutrition and Sports

Participants:

     Mann Deshi Athletes: who were selected for National School of Sports

     Coaches

     Athlete celebrities

      Friends of Mann Deshi

 

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