This project will support 500 at-risk girls in India through our Just For Kicks football program, focused on empowering them with confidence to become role-models and break the gender stereotypes. The program entitles students to 48 lessons, learning materials (footballs, jerseys, shoes) and participation in a football league. Today, Just For Kicks reaches 3820 at-risk children in India. $10/- month or $120/- year can support a child. In our 100% model, 100% of your donation supports the child.
In India, over 50 million girls never have the opportunity to study or work. This disproportionate access to learning opportunities, coupled with deep-rooted social stigma, treats girls as second class citizens and exposes them to a range of disadvantages as children, and later as adults. It is therefore extremely difficult for girls to rise, challenge stereotypes, and become role-models and leaders in their communities.
Enabling Leadership's programs in rural and urban India work with over 5240 children have shown the transformative impact of a co-educational group learning model. Girls and boys play football and learn together, breaking gender norms and barriers. The public league matches bring families and local communities together as the children compete and receive their support. In addition, the training of female coaches plays a powerful role in inspiring both the students and the community.
In Dharwad, only about 40% of girls go on to higher secondary education and college. Girls are married young and typically do not work after marriage. The project will directly enable and empower 500 girls to challenge these gender norms and stereotypes in their rural communities. Through their example, the girls can inspire and enrol countless more girls as students, and women as coaches. This can create a paradigm shift in the parents' and schools' attitudes towards their future.