Chandrima Chatterjee via Crowdrise
October 29, 2013
Society tells girls to fit in. Yuwa coaches girls to stand out. And we set out to prove that every day.
We are almost on our way to the USA! Thanks to the generous offer from the Schwann's USA Cup organizers, we've been invited to compete in July 2014 in the largest international youth soccer tournament in Western Hemisphere! This will be another historical moment for Yuwa as the first time an Indian youth girls team has been invited to play in the USA at a tournament of this level.
Last July, thanks to your help 18 extraordinary girls from rural India made history as the first soccer team from India ever to compete in Spain. These girls, most of whose families subsist on less than one dollar a day, are rewriting their futures through soccer. Together we made sure these girls got a chance to play... They then went on to win the bronze in the Gasteiz Cup and came home champions of change!
Each Yuwa girl dedicates herself to her education, acts as a positive leader on her team and plays fearlessly. She is an inspiration for thousand of girls dreaming of a better future. In one of the world's epicenters of child marriage and human trafficking, each Yuwa girl has overcome great odds and opposition from her parents, her brothers and uncles, and her society to prove that a girl's place does not have to be in the house.
When asked by a school principal to explain why Yuwa is important to her, Supergoats captain 13-year-old Rinky responded, "Before I joined Yuwa, people didn't look at me or know my name. Now when I walk through the village, everyone knows my name." Now much of India knows their names! Rinky debated with some of the most powerful men in sports administration and politics in India on live TV.
"I want to play football because I want to lift up my family’s name, my village’s name, my country’s name... and also, my own name. I want people to know who I am.” - Kusum, who is about to get her wish and make history as the youngest speaker at TECxMumbai in December.
Girls all over India, inspired by watching the Yuwa journey, are being sparked to change their lives and self-start their own football empowerment programs!
Help revolutionize the way women and girls are treated in India. Stand up with us! 2013 was a tremendous year full of growth and successes. 2014 will be a year we continue to empower girls in India and bring social change to a global level, but only with your help.