Aug 9, 2021

Pedalling to Future

Anushka with her bike
Anushka with her bike

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

‘I am very happy because now I will be able to reach school on time with a bicycle and won’t miss any class.’

Anushka is a student and resides in Pachwad village with her parents. Since the beginning, she has had an immense interest in studies. Her school was about 4 km from her house. She had to walk daily to reach the school. Many times she would reach late and miss the class, which affected her studies and grades. She needed a bicycle to go to school but due to poor financial condition, her parents couldn’t afford to buy it. One day, the Mann Deshi staff visited her school to conduct a training program. They also informed the students about the cycle distribution event organized by Mann Deshi. Considering her grades in the class and her family background, Anushka's teacher recommended her name to the Mann Deshi team for the bicycle. Anushka received the cycle from Mann Deshi Foundation. “I am very happy because now I will be able to reach school on time with a bicycle and won’t miss any class,” says Anushka, who feels grateful towards Mann Deshi Foundation.

Thank you so much for all our supporters !!!

Anushka with her bike
Anushka with her bike
May 14, 2021

Sports and covid crises


In India, we are facing a very challenging time. We are under a strict lockdown, and everyday covid numbers in India are increasing; as we speak, we are over 400,000 per day. Covid positive patients cannot find oxygen beds, medicines, and CT scans, especially in the rural areas, Grimm, and many people are losing their loved ones.


In this situation at Mann Deshi Champions, we had provided home delivery nutritious food to our athletes and zoom sessions on sports and education.


A conditioning routine can help athletes boost and maintain immunity, minimize the effects of detraining, facilitate the return to a routine, and improve tactical knowledge. In addition, attention to athletes' mental health and dietary habits is needed in this period of lockdown. Strength and conditioning professionals, teams, and athletes who are able to adopt these measures will experience less difficulty when returning to their normal training and competition routines.

During the Lockdown ZOOM SESSIONS


Hamid: Importance of coaching and Mentorship in Sports

Mr. Hamid, a national gold medalist in Basketball and sports consultant for Basketball and Wrestling, spoke about the importance of mentorship, the Importance of discipline in your daily life, respect to your coach and teachers


Anurag:  Educational

Mr. Anurag spoke about Maharashtra's history, from Sindhudurg fort to all over the Western Ghats, Fort Zanjira, and the Maratha emperor's Importance in the region to Ajanta Ellora caves.


Harsh: English speaking course for all the students over a zoom session. Harsh shared the story with all the students in English and then told them to say the same story back to all the students. Harsh gave insights into how to speak English quickly by reading comic books and watching movies.



Regular bi-weekly coaching for middle-distance and long-distance athletes from International coach Justin woods via zoom call. Justin prepares workout plans and mentorship for the runners.


In-person Guest Visit: Before the lockdown December to Feb

Unfortunately, due to the covid19 norms, we were managed to do only two in-person guest visit in March 2021


Hangeshwar: Wrestling

Mr. Hangeshwar spoke to all the girls about the history of wrestling, how wrestling traditionally started in Maharashtra, the Olympic history of wrestling, the benefit of exercises, information on the wrestling leagues.


Sriram: Sports athlete and CISF forces employee

Mr. Sriram took the effort to coach our athletes for over a month in track and field.  Since Mr. Sriram is a record holder in the police meets in 1500 m, he guided them about cutting down the timing while running; he taught them about injuries, warm-ups, and proper techniques.


Abhishek: Abhishek is a long-distance triathlete and Ultraman. Abhishek, sir, coached some of our long-distance runners; he visited Mann Deshi for two days.


Aparna: Aparna is a commonwealth medalist, Olympian, and Arjuna awardee. I visited Mann Deshi and mentored all our elite athletes. Aparna was in Mann Deshi for two days.

Consulting session
Consulting session
Storytelling session
Storytelling session
Apr 12, 2021

The Journey of Roopali's Life

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

Sharing the journey of Roopali-

In 2010, Roopali’s world came to a standstill when she learnt that her younger son had holes in his heart. Realizing that their son would require expensive medical treatments, they decided to launch their own business. The couple took a Rs 2 lakh loan from a private bank and started manufacturing t-shirts which they sold to retailers.

Six years ago, Rupali attended a business workshop by the Mann Deshi Foundation. It helped her hone her marketing skills and learn the nuances of business. She was also assisted to procure stitching contracts from reputed companies and exhibiting her collections at exhibitions. Today, Roopali and her husband have ten machines in their t-shirt manufacturing enterprise with which they produce 3,000 T-shirts every month, and 7,000 uniforms and sports clothing pieces every year.

COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown brought her business to a standstill. So, she started using the material she had at home to make masks and started selling them on the road nearby for Rs 25 a piece. Soon, she was contacted by Mann Deshi team who suggested that she use her T-shirt manufacturing machines to cut cloth and make and sell masks at scale. They put her in touch with 30 local women, and Roopali started working with them to produce good-quality masks. Together, they have sold more than one lakh masks between March to May and there’s no stopping them. The masks are marketed and distributed by Mann Deshi. The fabric too is supplied by Mann Deshi.

The women don’t come to her factory and instead stitch the masks from their respective homes. Between the 30 women who work with her, they are able to produce 3,000 masks every day. Initially, she received many badly-finished masks. To teach the women how to correct this, Roopali started sending videos via WhatsApp that showed the correct technique.

Not only does she receive her payment from Mann Deshi online, she also pays the women who work with her digitally mostly via GooglePay and Paytm. The women are paid INR 5 per mask, and since they stitch around 100 masks daily, they earn INR 500 per day.

On the other hand, she along with her husband cut 5,000 pieces every day and are paid 75 paise per piece for cutting. From mid-April to the end of May, the couple had cut around 90,000 pieces, and earned Rs 67,500. This is in addition to the Rs 250 per day that Roopali gets for 50 masks stitched by herself.

Usually, April-May 20, is the time she would have received orders for school uniforms. However, given the uncertainty regarding when schools will re-open, this hasn’t happened. Even though the couple had paid for the school uniform fabric, the stock hasn’t come because of the lockdown. Thanks to her mask business, she hasn’t felt the pinch. Hence, Roopali has decided that even after the school uniforms work resumes, she will continue the mask business.

Thank you so much for all our supporters !!!


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