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(Bare)football Safe Surface Initiative for Tribal Women

We build young women's football teams in the rural villages of India's tribal state of Jharkhand, the top source for human trafficking in India - itself Asia's number one source for human trafficking, the world's third most profitable illicit activity after drugs and arms. The urgency of erasing inequities in opportunity is obvious. An estimated 300,000 people are trafficked from the state every year. Most are young women from tribal areas, illiterate and below poverty line (BPL). These women make up the core of Yuwa's focus on sport. TEAM SPORTS build the spirit of working together, capturing social cohesion to drive youth-led initiatives for community development. *(Bare)football Safe Surface Initiative* It started as an idea by Suman Kumari (age 11), one of Yuwa's first eight scholarship students. While other girls were playing Kabbadi (a traditional game of tag), she organized a football team of 15. One team became three, and three became seven, and a field emerged from barren rice paddies adjacent to a local school. Our launch tournament had 95 young women. Yet most of the girls can not afford shoes and the existing field has many rocks and other debris (as do new areas identified for fields). No matter how many rocks they pick up, more keep cropping up. A highly scaleable system for constructing low-cost, safe playing surfaces must now be designed for Yuwa's three practice field serving 200-plus girls daily. The model will be used as Yuwa grows from three to twenty grounds in the next three years.

Who is the sponsoring organization?

Yuwa-India. The world's rural communities are often left behind in the stories of rapid growth in developing countries. India is the world's largest and most diverse democracy, and with one of the youngest (and largest) populations in the world, it is an ideal learning lab for youth-led community transformation. Jharkhand, with a population of 27 million, is home to nearly a tenth of the country's Scheduled Tribes. It is one of India's poorest states, with 44 percent below the official poverty line (nearly double the nations average) and literacy hardly approaching 67 percent for men and 38 percent for women. While living with a family of farmers during monsoon and teaching English at a village school, Yuwa's founder noted the following: * While boys play, girls work, with few opportunities to leave the household. * The state of education - one of the very few chances girls have to get away from housework - is shameful. * Families send boys to private schools if they can afford it, while girls get sent to government school, or if they are lucky, a lesser private school. Focus group exercises during participatory rural appraisals (PRA) confirmed that 1) low levels of support and awareness by parents, 2) teaching methods and materials are stiff and uninteresting, and 3) sports programs tied to schools are nearly nonexistent. We spark youth led change in rural India through 1) Scholarship, 2) Leadership, 3) Teamwork. We believe there is an opportunity to involve the world’s rural youth to initiate social change. We are dedicated to, committed to, and excited by the prospect of young people becoming tomorrow’s change agents. http://www.yuwa-india.org

Where will the project be located?

Jharkhand, India

Jharkhand, India. Yuwa operates in India's tribal state of Jharkhand, the top source for human trafficking in India - itself Asia's number one source for human trafficking, the world's third most profitable illicit activity after drugs and arms. An estimated 300,000 people are trafficked from the state every year. Most are young women from tribal areas, illiterate and below poverty line (BPL). This state is mineral rich – 40 percent of the nation's mineral wealth lies in Jharkhand – but miserably poor. A full 44 percent of citizens live below the poverty line. Literacy hardly approaches 67 percent for men and 38 percent for women. With its rural characteristics, there is a disconnect between the population living in rural villages with those living in heavily populated area’s such as Delhi. The Jharkhand is a young state with a young population (total27 million) and is one of India’s poorest states. As such, the state is an ideal learning lab for youth-led community transformation.

Do facilities at the location need to be constructed or upgraded?

Yes. Yuwa has identified constructing a new playing surfaces as a low-cost, high-impact and scaleable enterprise for social inclusion. Each facility development is based on providing high impact to the community while supporting the goal of empowering youth through sports to spur social and economic development in a community.

Are any further architectural or design services required?

Yes. With each new football ground come new challenges for design. We will look to take existing structures and build new, innovative design components. 

Would this project benefit from the assistance of construction professionals?

Yes. Although local people have embraced Yuwa and its community initiatives, much work lies ahead. Construction guidance and resources will ensure the current Yuwa initiatives will yield a high social return.  These projects will provide a foundation for the future investment into Jharkand’s youth and assistance from construction professionals will have a bigger impact while minimizing cost.