Be In Their Shoes

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Little Champions representing "Manora"
Little Champions representing "Manora"

Dear Mann Deshi Champion Supporters,

Thank you very much for your support to “Mann Deshi Champion.”                                                                         

Rural boys and girls are getting an extra-ordinary opportunity through the sports’ program: Mann Deshi Champion.  Mann Deshi is operating in remote and drought prone areas and this is the first program started in whole Satara District specifically directed at poor rural boys and girls. The usefulness of such a program is self-evident as in rural areas children do not have access to facilities for exercises and sports. 

Mann Deshi Champion organized a “Summer Camp” lasting 21 days: 237 students from Mhaswad, Pulkoti, Karkhel, Virkarvadi and Devapur villages actively participated in this camp.  Nine professional coaches were invited from big cities like Bombay, Kolhapur and Pune to provide training on running track, Kho-Kho, volleyball, football, Throw-ball, Long-jump, High-jump, Ropeway, athletics and gymnastics.

During this “Summer Camp”, and in participating to the program, boys and girls learn the importance of physical fitness and of a correct diet by taking example from the meals provided by Mann Deshi. Moreover, children take advantage of practicing different exercises, various sports and other activities: coaches teach the basics of different sports, and children push themselves to improve their skills. Camps are a great place to interact with peers and to learn about teamwork. In order to integrate sports into family life, Mann Deshi is considering to actively engage parents, and the rest of the family, enrolling them in group lessons. The program assists children in developing healthy habits, including keeping active, nutrition, hydration, sun protections and fair play. 

Mann Deshi Campion will help rural boys and girls to gain confidence and build their careers.

Please click on the link of Mann Deshi Champion: Sports Program

Sincerely Yours,

Vanita Shinde,

Champs doing Rope-way
Champs doing Rope-way

The Be In Their Shoes – BITs project was designed to run for just 3 weeks: from the 22nd of July to the 10th of August. The managers of the project, two interns at Mann Deshi (Marcel Tavelini and Emilia Galiano), wanted it to end before they left the Foundation and they decided to set the delivery of the shoes for the 14th of August. To avoid misunderstandings about the total final amount (published on the 11th of August) and to stop the donations coming in from Global Giving, the project managers asked to deactivate the project after the 10th of August.


Mann Deshi Foundation has agreed to advance the sum collected through the donations, to allow the managers to buy all the shoes and the sports equipment in time for the delivery event. With the funds advanced by Mann Deshi the managers were able to buy:

   185 pairs of shoes

   189 pairs of socks

   1 punching bag

   8 pairs of boxing gloves

   3 tennis balls

   4 tennis rackets

   6 cricket tennis balls

   4 hockey balls

   6 rubber sports rings

   2 wooden discuses

   6 frisbees

   6 badminton shuttlecocks

   24 shin guards

   2 pairs of goal keeper's gloves

   16 taekwondo dresses

   2 chest guards

   2 double kick pads

   2 head guards

   1 boxing pad

   1 boxing rubber ball

   45 pairs of football socks

   1 goal net

   7 football balls

   5 volleyball balls

   2 baseball bats

   4 baseball balls

   2 cricket bats

   22 hockey bats

   3 pairs of shoes for the trainers

   8 dental shields

   4 hand wraps

   12 leading anklets

   10 knee caps


This sports equipment will be used by the children participating to the Mann Deshi Champions Program: they will keep the shoes and the socks, while the rest will be kept in a storehouse in the practice field.

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Project Leader

Chetna Sinha

Mhaswad, Maharashtra India

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