Don Bosco Veedu Society, Trivandrum, is an Indian Charity, implementing a wide range of services for the underprivileged and marginalized youth and women. Don Bosco Veedu has opened a Football Academy for the youth at MSK Nagar(a slum). This would help the drug-addicted youth to stay sober and shift their focus on more productive activities. Through this project, Don Bosco Veedu Society is planning to provide sport supplies to 34 youth members, with an expense of Rs.30,000 per month, for a year.
At MSK Nagar, a slum in Trivandrum District, Kerala, the youth is highly under the influence of drugs. They are mostly school drop outs, who then take up daily wage jobs to earn just enough for them to buy drugs. Their guardians, who also work for daily wages have no time or energy to mentor them and show them the right path. These are youth who are willing to change but is under the influence of drugs. They lack an opportunity to grow, as they are normally stereotyped by the society.
Sports has always been an effective alternative to drugs for addicts who wish to stay sober as it would increase their dopamine level. The project aims at opening a Football Academy for the youth at the slum so that we can bring their focus more on team building, regular exercise and also focus on their individual needs. This opens a great growth opportunity for them. The academy is initially planned to operate for a year, with the help of a professional coach.
In the long run, the youth would build a community sentiment which helps the community to stay together in crisis situations. A significant growth and upliftment will be evident in the community. The youth will be an inspiration for the younger generation to lead a healthy lifestyle and focus on their passion. This way, they can gradually enter the frontiers of the mainstream society and break all the shackles and stereotypes that have hindered their growth so far.