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Sports4girls to end ECM-support500Indian girls

Sports4girls to end ECM-support500Indian girls

The current Covid19 pandemic that has engulfed the entire world with a death toll of above 271,884 and rising. India too has more than 56,471 detected cases and 1900 deaths so far. Odisha has about 270 reported cases and sadly situation is becoming worse as days passes by. The National Lockdown that was about to end on 14th of April, has been extended till 17th of May. During this lockdown adolescent girls who already faced social lockdown throughout their life are facing even more desperate situation. With all schools and colleges locked down, chances of drop out have increased even more and any possibility of resumption of education has been surrounded by the fear of infection. Under these situations, we are afraid that they might not ever to school again. Normalcy might not bring things normal for them as they might have to face early marriage. To address this uncertainty we are more determined to sensitize people on the need of distance education as an alternative to school education if it fits. Aaina is determined to launch a second chance education initiative for these adolescent girls who are and might drop out from schools.

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The Sports for girls campaign, that is one of our flagship effort has entered an exciting stage. We had an intra school football match. A large crowd and cheers is what, we believe shall boost the determination of our flag bearer and so did it! We have managed to form our girls football team in Bhanjanagar and are planning to have more teams from local villages. We have identified 8 interested and talented volunteers, who are recieving footbal training from our coach. These volunteers shall be our local guide who shall train more adoloscent girls and form community level football teams. The teams, so formed shall be provided with jersy and kits from Aaina and shall lead our effort to end gender discrimination and child marriage in their respective villages.

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Sports have always been a tool that unites people and break all barriers. The idea behind our project" Sports for Girls" is to promote sports as a tool to free them from their psychological barriers that enslaves them from dreaming ahead. Beside being a possible option to succeed in life and to maintain one's physical and mental health and wellbeing, Sports shall help them in learning the right aptitude towards life and problem solving. 

Aaina has taken this initiative ahead in Bhanjanagar, Ganjam district of Odisha. We plan to build city level football teams of adoloscent girls and with the help of OLS and block administration in Bhanjanagar. We shall build a team that not only plays football but would also be our buddy network that shall assist other girls in distress and especially those who are PWD and need socialisation and support. We shall take this further and give these girls a "goal to set" because that is all that matters. 


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Early Child Marriage is undoubtedly the worst crime that is committed on a mass scale. In many communities, we work with, the ideal age, at which girls are married off, is actually the age from which she starts menstruation. As per a baseline survey conducted by Aaina, in Bellaguntha, Bhanjanagar and Chatrapur block of Ganjam district of Odisha, we found out that about 6 % of school teachers and 20 % of caregivers actually believe that menarche is the biological indication of as girl being ready for marriage and child bearing.


Aaina therefore believes that menstrual myths, like these are a major reason for child marriage.  Also, being a least discussed and associated with shame and impurity, Menstruation is one of the most misunderstood phenomena, not because, there are no scientific explanation to it but because it is not allowed to be discussed on any platform. The unnecessary secrecy and hiding results in tons of myths and unethical practices surrounding it. The mere biological process has been transformed into a biggest tragedy and nightmare for young girls.


Post Fani, Aaina has been rigorously involved in Health, sanitation and personal hygiene of the affected communities. On 28th May, The Global MHM day, Aaina decided to observe the occasion with adolescent girls from slums, throughout Bhubaneswar. The Program was designed to discuss the undiscussed and challenge the myths and malpractices through a rather innovative method.


We let them play a life size Snake and ladder game that was tailor made to address major myths and malpractices. The players threw the dice and took the steps on the chart with myths and facts, imprinted in the boxes of the chart as messages. For every myth, they encountered, they would take two steps back. We saw much enthusiasm among the players and our audience.


We plan to take this exercise to other districts, like Ganjam and Puri and involve more adolescent girls and adults.


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The project is working with more than 500 girls in rural Ganjam, Kandhamal & Dhenkanal district of Odisha. Flagged off in April officially the project is into the baseline data collection now. 

All these areas are showing high child marriage incidents specifically early marriage. Nearly 50 villages are under the coverage of the project area. The community organisers are mobilising the adolescent girls into the groups and presently there are 50 groups formed in each of the villages. The age group varies from 10-19 and the meetings of the girls are taking place once a week.

Girls have been talked about the gender discrmination and gender based violence and being girls how important it is to udnerstajd the gender based violence. Detailed discussion on child marriage, it's cause, preevention and addressing the issue got discussed among the girls. 

Girls have taken oath not to get marry before they attain 18 years of age which is illegal and also extend support to toe other girls those are forced into marriage. 

because of the general election of the State much work could not have been done. We have been discussing with the Sports star of Odisha to become Ambassador of the program and motivate the girls to join the sports club that is getting promoted in the villages.

Post election the devastating cyclone Fani also put the work on hold for the time being. The young girls have volunteered for the cyclone affected area fir cleaning and serving .

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Location: Bhubaneswar, Orissa - India
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Project Leader:
Sneha Mishra
Bhubaneswar, Orissa India
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