Slum Soccer organised a women empowerment program in collaboration with Goals for Girls at Nagpur, which took place from 29th December 2016 to 2nd January 2017. Goals for Girls connects girls from different countries and backgrounds with their peers around the world to address social and health challenges through cultural exchange, service, and soccer. The Goals for Girls Team included 20 girls athletes players. The program began on 29th of December 2016 and ended in new year on 2nd January 2017.
Slum Soccer’s team consisted of 20 girls and two women coordinators. The week long program wrapped up with lot of activities like football training program, Slum school visit, Home visit of Slum Soccer girls, Gandhi ashram visit, Women’s & Need organisation, Muslim School visit etc.
The total 40 girls including both sides were divided in to six different colour teams and all the activities were planned to give each group equal opportunity and attention.
Girls from both the sides had been doing e-interaction for the previous two months so there was a lot of excitement when they met each other. During the week girls shared their personal and social problems and came out with some brilliant solutions.
It was a life time experience for the both sides girls. After being with the America girls for five days, they seemed very much confident.
The program began with a bang by welcoming the girls with cultural band and garland. For their welcome, Mr. Bhagat (Police inspector Koradi), Mis. Vandana Raut (Sarpanch, Bokhara), girls’ parents and people of Bokhara village were present with a large number.
The first day of the program started with introduction about Slum Soccer and Goals for Girls and then spend some time to get to know about one another’s daily ongoing activities.
The Goals for Girls spent their second day visiting Rabbani School in Kamptee area of Nagpur, India post that they interacted with parents of girls attending Slumsoccer’s Edukick program and this in turn helps us in encouraging more girls to come and join the program. The last event of the day was a match between a mix of Slumsoccer and Goals for Girls players and Nagpur Football Club, they won the match in a penalty shootout by 3:1
To mark their new year, they visited Women in Need program in Dattapur (in Wardha district) and met the neglected women from their societies. They met them, hug them and celebrated the New Year with having dinner, flying lamps, along. Later on in the morning the teams came down to Nagpur and immediately went on their favourite work which was “wall painting” after an hour of eager work, their smile on their faces reflected that they meant.
On 4th and final day we hosted an advocacy dinner which was one of the favourite days of the girls not because they got some indian food to eat but got ample time to dance with the girls and their parents as well. In the program Slum Soccer’s management team in which included Mr. Haribhau Kedar (president slum soccer), K. R Malvia (Vice President slum soccer), teachers, parents of the Slum Soccer girls were also parents to capture the final day’s memories.