Can you imagine if you had not played sport in your growing years?!! How would it be if your kid was not exposed to playing? Can you imagine what would happen to confidence of kids with disabilities when they see their siblings or friends play sport and that they are not? We want to bring kids with disabilities in rural India outdoors and have them play. We want to provide access to wheelchair tennis to physically challenged kids in Rural India by conducting camps/workshop.
There are thousands of kids with physical disabilities in India who lack sporting opportunities. Because they do not get to play their overall development is hampered. When they do not get to play because of their disabilities they tend to grow with low confidence and find it difficult to accept their disability in the later stage of their adulthood and this leads to both economical and social exclusion. This also leads to health-related issues and overall quality of life is impacted.
Astha creates awareness about wheelchair tennis. Local tennis courts are hired where camp and workshops are conducted Sports wheelchairs are purchased and local coaches are trained to run the programs in a sustainable manner. periodically activities are conducted to assess the impact and build a community that can sustain the program beyond one year. Participants and his/her family become part of larger eco-system and have access to larger opportunities and resources
Sports will make kids with disabilities more confident and there will be natural inclusion. It will enable them to learn to earn what they aspire for, with dignity and not depend upon charity based approach. Kids and parents will be more empowered to deal with their day to day life and accept disability without loss of dignity. When kids grow up and get into job or have relationships they will be equally confident to perform like anyone and get to live life fully and contribute.
We are currently expecting delays in getting funds to this project due to new regulatory requirements that impact GlobalGiving's ability to disburse to organizations in India. GlobalGiving is working hard to address the issue. Donations to this project will be disbursed as quickly as possible.